Most Common At Work InjuryAccording to the Bureau of Labor Statistics musculoskeletal injuries such as strains and sprains are the most common type of work related injury that American workers suffer. Accounting for 43% of injuries in the private sector, a sprain or strain can take an extended period of time for recuperation and can result in necessary and forced changes to work habits or duties.
To strain something is “to injure by overuse, misuse, or excessive pressure” according to the Merriam-Websteronline dictionary. While this idea is fairly straightforward, it is also an injury which people tend to minimize, thinking that it will “go away” or “feel better in a little while.” While the situation may not be dire or life threatening, it is important to understand that through repetitive action, the strain will only become worse and could lead to long-term complications. Repeating straining actions – such as repeated lifting, typing, or jumping – can lead to permanently injured muscles which do not allow you to perform your job functions and can cause long term pain and need lifelong treatment.
A sprain is “a sudden or violent twist or wrench of a joint with stretching or tearing of ligaments” according toMerriam-Webster . While similar to a strain in the idea that it is a part of the body being overworked, a sprain can be much more serious and much more sudden. Sprains are often treatable with out-patient care, but the most serious situations may require physical therapy or even surgery to correct the ligaments and restore the joint to proper function.
If you have an injury occur on the job, according to Florida law you have 30 days to report an injury to your employer. Make sure that you take the proper steps and actions in case you decide to pursue a worker’s compensation claim.
A work injury attorney or worker’s compensation attorney may be able to help you navigate the process of a worker’s comp claim resulting from immediate trauma, such as a sprain, or repetitive trauma, such as muscles strained over time. If you decide to pursue a worker’s comp claim because of any type of work injury you may want to consider contacting a work injury lawyer at the Coye Law Firm.
What To DoSprains are injuries which happen suddenly and can have an immediate impact on job performance. Any time you injure yourself at work, you should report the injury to your employer immediately. It may be necessary for you to fill out forms such as a 1st Report of Injury at that time and visit the worker’s comp doctor which your employer recommends. Following this procedure can lead to a smoother workers comp claim. Visit our webpage with overview details of a worker’s comp claim to find out more.
Strains are a type of injuries considered repetitive trauma, and can be much more difficult to successfully claim under worker’s compensation. If you begin to notice a certain part of your body feels strained in relation to your job duties, speak with your employer and have them document the conversation. This does not need to be a formal report, but some level of documentation will be very helpful. You may want to consider visiting your doctor for the problem and discuss the impact that your job duties are having on your pain level. You may also want to consider visiting your employer’s worker’s comp doctor. If either doctor agrees or informs you that the job duties may have caused or are contributing to the injury, report back to your employer that you would like to file a 1st Report of Injury.
If you feel that repetitive actions at your job are causing muscle damage, or if you have suffered a sprain at your job and are unable to work because of this injury, you may consider contacting an attorney to find out more about your rights and options for a worker’s comp claim.
Disability Resulting From At Work InjuryOnly a doctor can diagnose the extent of your injury, but you may qualify for temporary partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, or impairment benefits. To learn more about worker’s compensation benefits, visit our webpage .
Over time, the injury may result in an inability for you to perform your job at all, and you may be eligible for permanent total disability benefits. This can create an overlap between a Disability claim and a worker’s compensation claim if you decide to file for Social Security Disability (SSD). If you become disabled due to the injury at your workplace, you may have two claims and it may be necessary to consult a lawyer to process both your worker’s comp claim and a Disability claim.