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Finding The Answers You Need After A Workplace Injury
Work injuries can take many forms, from a back injury to a head wound or even an illness caused by toxic exposure. While some injuries are fairly straightforward, others may need long-term medical care. A single accident can result in devastating injuries or death, while other injuries accumulate over time until they are unbearable.
When you need help understanding how your particular injury affects your workers’ compensation claim, turn to experienced attorneys who know the process. With 100 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys at Golitko & Daly, P.C., help clients with workers’ compensation and other related injury claims. We understand your accident, we care about your injuries and we will fight for the outcome you deserve.
Common Injuries In The Workplace
The most common workplace injuries generally fall into two main categories: traumatic work injuries resulting from a single event and occupational injuries that occur over time, such as repetitive motion injuries, also called repetitive strain; overuse syndrome; or cumulative trauma disorders. Accidents can happen anywhere, though some jobs are much more dangerous than others. In these cases, single events result in injuries that can include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs): Head injuries can range from minor to fatal, so an accurate diagnosis and treatment of any injury is critical. TBIs include injuries that cause damage to the brain itself.
- Broken bones or sprains: Workers can break or sprain nearly any part of the body, often from falls or the act of being crushed by an object.
- Spinal cord and other back injuries: These injuries often happen either from some trauma to the back, like a fall or contact with a moving object, or overexertion, like trying to lift a heavy object. Again, this injury can range from a minor strain to paralysis, so you should always seek medical attention for a back injury.
- Burns or inhalation of contaminants: Depending on your workplace, you may have frequent exposure to air contaminants, or perhaps a workplace accident resulted in a fire or explosion. Either situation can result in severe damage to your skin and lungs.
- Amputation: Whether from a machinery accident or a workplace car accident, an amputation nearly always results in a permanent disability.
- Death: Unfortunately, some work injuries are fatal. In such cases, we help family members seek death benefits through the workers’ compensation system, as well as to determine whether they may have a wrongful death case.
Repetitive strain or repetitive stress put on a single part of the body can result in an injury over time that only continues to worsen unless treated properly. Common repetitive stress injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome: Perhaps the most well-known of the repetitive stress injuries, this can affect anyone who uses their hands at work for activities such as typing, painting or moving machinery parts. Pressure on a nerve in the hands and wrists causes pain, weakness and numbness.
- Bursitis: This is an inflammation of fluid-filled sacs in your joints called bursae, which often occurs in the elbow, knee, wrist or shoulder due to overuse.
- Tendonitis: When tendons suffer overuse, they can become swollen and inflamed and can occur in any tendon, although common areas include knees, elbows (such as tennis elbow), shoulders (rotator cuff) and hands.
- De Quervain’s tenosynovitis: This problem affects the thumb tendons when the tunnel they travel through becomes inflamed and makes it difficult for the tendons to move.
These are just a few examples of the many types of injuries that can occur in the workplace. At Golitko & Daly, P.C., we will help you analyze your injury, including your prognosis and treatment plan, to help you understand how your type of injury will affect your workers’ compensation claim and other benefits.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have questions about your injury and your claim, talk to an attorney at Golitko & Daly, P.C.. We offer free consultations, so there is no risk to you. You may reach out to us online or contact one of our three offices. For the Indianapolis office, call 317-566-9600. For the Kokomo office, call 765-865-9300. For the Bloomington office, call 812-566-2600. We look forward to helping you.