Common Types of Work Injuries
Thousands of Victories for Injured Workers in Michigan
While it makes sense to assume that workplace injuries regularly impact construction and factory workers, the reality is that every worker in the United States, including in Michigan, is vulnerable to suffering a workplace injury that can be painful, both physically and emotionally, and set you back financially. Unfortunately, workplace injuries are fairly common. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3 million workers suffered injuries on the job in 2010, and more than half of the cases were severe enough to force workers to miss work, transfer jobs, or work under restriction. More than 4,500 of those injuries were fatal. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Michigan, you can reach out to our attorney at Adler Firm, PLLC immediately. With more than 30 years of experience, our attorney and law firm are known for our dedication to workers and protecting their rights in our community and throughout the state.
Whether you’ve experienced a traumatic brain injury or have injured your back, you can turn to our compassionate and accessible legal team for help. Call us for a free consultation at (888) 966-9524 or contact us online.
Common Workplace Injuries
Though work injuries can happen in any profession, they are also more common in certain industries. Construction workers, for example, are more likely to be crushed or otherwise injured by the heavy machinery they work with, from cranes to bulldozers, while doctors and hospital staff are more likely to fall ill from being infected by patients. Workplace injuries can be minor as a sprain from a slip and fall accident to an amputation acquired in a car accident.
Common workplace injuries include:
- Bone and joint injuries
- CRPS and RSD
- Degenerative joint disease
- Knee and shoulder injuries
- Mental impairments and emotional stress
- Neck, back, and spinal injuries
- Overuse and repetitive motion injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Defining CRPS & RSD
Not many everyday workers are aware of complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and how they can get it from work until they’ve actually been diagnosed with it. Generally, CRPS and RSD can develop after a seemingly minor injury, like a cut or other trauma to your finger or leg. A chronic neuro-inflammatory disorder, CRPS occurs when your nervous system and immune system malfunction when they respond to the tissue damage associated with your injury. As a result, you may experience persistent pain and even disability.
CRPS and RSD are prime examples of why you should always seek medical attention after your accident, even if you have less painful injuries. Injuries that are left untreated can worsen or develop into more serious injuries, meaning that you may have to spend more money to be treated and take a longer time to heal.
Because there is no single diagnostic tool for CRPS or RSD, it’s best to be aware of telltale signs and symptoms, and to call your doctor as soon as you notice them.
Some symptoms to be aware of in the hours, days, and weeks following your accident include:
- Abnormal swelling in the affected area
- Limited range of motion, weakness, or other motor disorders
- Pain that is deep, aching, or cold
- Abnormal skin color changes
- Abnormal sweating of the affected area
How Workers’ Compensation Can Help
If you’ve been injured or have fallen ill at work, your benefits are supposed to help cover medical expenses, lost wages, ongoing care costs, and funeral expenses. In many workplace accidents, injuries force workers to take time off to recover, sometimes for weeks or months, depending on the nature of the injury. Our attorney can help you file your claim so workers’ comp can replace your lost income.
Some work injuries can be so serious that you may be temporarily or permanently disabled, as is often seen in victims who suffer spinal cord injuries that result in paralysis. If this applies to you, workers’ compensation coverage can give you disability benefits.
The longer you wait to get started, the longer it will take for you to heal. Call our Michigan attorney to learn how we can help you file a workers’ comp claim and get the benefits you deserve at (888) 966-9524.