Hurt at work is something an employee never wants to experience.
Neck injuries on the job are one of the most difficult work injuries to recover from. Work-related neck injuries come in a variety of categories, and each of them is potentially very dangerous and physically damaging.
It is important to pay attention to your symptoms and get treatment right away. It is always highly advisable to consult an experienced lawyer, who fights to help get injured works the benefits they deserve. It is always good to know what your rights are and how to go about receiving the benefits you deserve.
The process can get overwhelming. Many times employers and insurance companies do not want to pay up. Another issue is medical and legal jargon; it can get confusing. Did you know that doctors refer to spinal injuries as cervical injuries?
Herniated and Bulging Discs
Two of the more severe neck/spinal injuries commonly suffered at work are Herniated and Bulging Discs. In laymen’s terms, your spinal cord surrounds nerves, tissues, and bony structures called vertebrae. There is not a lot of space in there for the nerves to move around freely. An injury to your neck can cause the gel-like material inside each disk in your spine to push out. Imagine a donut oozing out jelly. This is essentially what happens when you suffer a herniated disc. This is not the only thing that can happen, however.
The disc wall can also bow out like an air bubble on a tire. This is a bulging disc.
The gel-like disc material or bowing out of the wall narrows the space in which the nerves can travel in as there was not a lot of space there, to begin with. If that disc material is bulged or herniated enough, it can sit on or touch the nerve, and this causes Radiculopathy. A cervical radiculopathy comes from the work-related cervical disc bulge or herniation, and it causes numbness and tingling that ranges from the neck down to your fingertips.
The amount of numbness and tingling can vary depending on the severity, but this is a work-related neck injury you want to get treatment for right away. These injuries can cause weakness, limit the range of motion and even paralysis if not addressed right away. We cannot stress how important it is to get immediate treatment for these types of work-related injuries.
Strains and Sprains
Cervical strains and sprains are another types of potential work injuries. Many times people describe a muscle spasm or whiplash type of discomfort in the neck area. These are some of the most common types of work-related today.
Unlike the cervical disc herniation, a strain or sprain does not involve disruption of the disc material, and that means there is no interruption of the nerves that surround the spinal cord and no disruption of these nerves. A work related sprain or strain to any area of the body, including the neck, means you have stretched, torn or inflamed the soft tissues in the region of the injury.
A neck sprain or strain is usually located between the base of your skull and the mid back. When the body injuries itself, it goes into a spasm to prevent further injury. Injured workers with neck sprains often complain about debilitating spasms, and this is because the body is trying to protect itself from further injury by telling you not to do the activity that is causing more damage. If you hurt your neck at work and don’t go for treatment, your sprain strain can turn into something more severe.
Contact us For Help With Your Neck Injury
At Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo, our lawyers take every injury very seriously.
Don’t hesitate to contact one of our skilled attorneys. Work-related neck injuries are one of the most common work injuries, and the KKO lawyers are ready to fight to get you better and get the benefits you deserve. Don’t wait, take back what the insurance company is trying to take away from you.