Lifting a heavy object just one time can cause a serious muscle sprain or strain. But other lifting injuries involve overexertion and can occur after a long period of frequent and heavy lifting. This can result in slipped or herniated discs in the back, as well as nerve damage or in some cases, small but painful bone fractures. Other overexertion injuries include arthritis and damage to muscles, ligaments and tendons.
A Lifting Injury Can Have a Serious Impact on Your Life
Lifting injuries can occur in the back, neck, shoulder or wrist. Treatment can vary, but may include surgery, therapy and medication. Resting the injured body part is also usually part of treatment, which means the worker will be unable to lift while recovering from the injury. This can leave a worker temporarily unable to work, resulting in lost income.
Workers' compensation benefits pay for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment, as well as partial wages during recovery. But an employer may question the extent of the injury, or insist that the worker is well enough to return to work - even though the injury may not be fully healed.
That's why you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side to fight for your rights. We can help you navigate the claims process and get you the benefits you need and deserve. If an employer or insurance company challenges your claim, we present evidence that proves the seriousness of your injury. And if your claim is denied, we will be by your side during every step of the appeals process.
If you suffered a work-related lifting injury, contact us to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can help you with your claim. Call (601) 944-9588.