Hurt at Work: Workers’ Compensation for a Work-Related Nerve Injury
Unfortunately, painful and debilitating nerve injuries plague thousands of workers across the United States. Nerve damage can be caused by several different factors including repetitive stress or a workplace accident.
Undoubtedly, suffering from a nerve injury can be disruptive to both your lifestyle and ability to make a living. Fortunately, individuals who suffer from nerve damage almost always receive workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are suffering from nerve damage from being hurt at work, it is important that you contact a workers’ compensation attorney. Workers’ compensation insurance companies will work tirelessly to ensure they pay you as little as possible, but your attorney will be there support you and stand up to the insurance company to get you the benefits you deserve.
Variations of Nerve Injuries
Typically two main categories of nerve damage lead to the most recognized nerve conditions. The first is bruising and stretching of nerves and tissue. This usually occurs after an accident and can result in the tearing of the nerve. This type of injury should be taken extremely seriously, as it can lead to paralysis or limited strength and mobility. In certain cases, these types of injuries can be permanent.
The other significant variation of nerve injury involves specific pressure on nerves making it impossible for them to operate efficiently. This occurs when the nerves are unable to send transmissions to and from the brain. In most conditions, this damage occurs over time and results in a loss of blood supply to the damaged area.
Fortunately, if properly treated these types of nerve injuries can be healed. Through rehabilitation or surgery, the pressure causing the discomfort can be relieved, and an individual’s condition can gradually go back to normal.
Alternatively, nerve damage can also be associated with various illnesses like diabetes. However, these types of nerve injuries are not typically covered by workers’ compensation benefits, as they are not the result of work related activites. In certain situations, nerve damage can be the result of a more serious work-related injury like spinal damage.
Because nerve injuries are impossible to see for the outside observer, your employer may attempt to dispute the severity of your injury. It is common for employers to downplay nerve injuries and question whether the injuries are related to work. Employers may try to rush workers suffering from nerve damage back to work before their recovery. It is typical for employers to claim that you have recovered “enough” to reenter the workforce.
Often time’s workers may downplay the extent of their injuries, never realizing that they are suffering from nerve damage. Minor injuries can degrade your nerves and result in severe chronic pain accompanied by potential surgery. Therefore, it is important to be aware of your body and speak with a physician if you have sustained an injury. The following are common signs of nerve damage that you should pay attention to:
- Loss of sensation or loss of function in a body part;
- Any injured ligament or sprain;
- Pain, tingling, weakness, or numbness;
- Muscle bruises or strains;
- Lacerations to tendons.
These conditions can occur gradually or occur immediately following a serious accident. After you are hurt at work, it is important to know that you are not limited to seeing the doctor your employer suggests. Your workers’ compensation attorney can refer you to a qualified, unbiased physician who can give you a fair and adequate examination.
The Downside of Workers’ Compensation Benefits
One of the largest drawbacks to accepting workers’ compensation benefits after being hurt at work is the fact that you will not be able to sue your employer. Workers’ compensation is pretty much the sole remedy for injured workers. Therefore, all workers will be entitled to weekly payments and medical coverage. However, injured workers are unable to be compensated further for the suffering along with their injuries.
If you have been hurt at work, it is critical that you notify your employer right away and then reach out to a workers’ compensation attorney. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company will act swiftly to try to get you to accept less compensation than you deserve. However, the attorneys at Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo will fight to ensure you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to. Do not let your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company push you around contact us today at 877-299-0779.