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Common Workers’ Compensation Claim Injuries: Recognizing the Unseen Risks

When we think of workplace injuries, certain images may come to mind: a slip-and-fall accident, perhaps, or a back strain from lifting heavy objects. However, there are numerous types of injuries that can occur in the workplace that aren’t always immediately apparent. At Harvey & Carpenter, Attorneys at Law, we understand the complexities of workers’ compensation claims and the diverse range of injuries that can qualify for compensation. Here are some examples of injuries that may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, even if they aren’t always recognized as work-related: 

Falls from Scaffolding 

Working at heights carries inherent risks, and falls from scaffolding can result in serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. Whether due to faulty equipment, lack of proper safety measures, or human error, falls from scaffolding can have long-term consequences for workers.  It is important to note that workers’ compensation is generally the only remedy for workplace accidents.  However, where scaffolding is the responsibility of someone other than your employer, there MAY be a separate remedy against the scaffold company or the company that put it up.  That is a good reason to contact us – to make sure you get all the compensation legally available. 

Inhalation of Chemicals/Silica/Coal Dust

Workers in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and mining may be exposed to harmful substances on a daily basis. Inhalation of chemicals, silica, or coal dust can lead to respiratory problems, lung diseases, and other serious health issues. Employers have a responsibility to provide adequate ventilation, personal protective equipment, and training to minimize the risk of exposure.  Often workers don’t report conditions that develop slowly over time – but these are work injuries, too.  Contact us if you are unsure if you should report or not and whether you have a pursuable case. 

Gillette & Repetitive Use Injuries 

Gillette injuries, also known as wear-and-tear injuries, occur gradually over time as a result of repetitive stress or strain on the body. These injuries often affect joints such as the knees, hips, elbows, shoulders, and back, and can result in chronic pain, inflammation, and limited mobility. Workers in physically demanding professions, such as construction, agriculture, and manufacturing, are particularly susceptible to Gillette injuries. 

Repetitive motions and overexertion can result in cumulative trauma injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis. Workers who perform repetitive tasks, such as typing on a keyboard or operating machinery, may develop chronic pain and reduced mobility over time. These injuries can significantly impact an individual’s ability to perform their job duties and may require medical treatment and rehabilitation.  Again, conditions that develop over time are still work injuries – as long as work is a substantial contributing cause.  It does not have to be the ONLY cause.  Contact us if you need guidance about what to report – and how and when. 

Seeking Legal Guidance for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim 

Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation claims can be challenging, especially when dealing with injuries that may not be immediately apparent as work-related. At Harvey & Carpenter, Attorneys at Law, we are dedicated to helping injured workers understand their rights and obtain the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured on the job, don’t hesitate to contact our office for a free case consultation. We practice exclusively in the areas of Social Security Disability and Workers’ Compensation, and we’re here to advocate for you. 

Call us today at 507-779-7529 or en Español at 507-779-7202.