Common Types of Injuries in the Workplace
Common Workplace Injuries
Many workers in Arizona face workplace hazards, and all too often they suffer serious injuries on the job. When these accidents happen, the Arizona workers’ compensation attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group help workers pursue the benefits they deserve for their serious injuries.
If you have been injured while on the job, you may be entitled to benefits. Arizona workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers who suffer job-related injuries. The law provides coverage for medical expenses, compensation for disability and lost wages.
If you were injured in a workplace accident in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, Prescott Valley, or anywhere in Arizona, call Matt Fendon Law Group toll-free or reach out to us online. We will schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss how we can help you.
Types of Workplace Injuries We Often See
Employees suffer numerous types of injuries on the job. Following are workplace injuries we see at Matt Fendon Law Group.
- Brain Injury
Falls from an elevation, car accidents at work, slips, trips and falls, and machinery accidents are just a few of the accidents that cause traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). The brain controls the body’s functions. Damage to this critical organ can have a long-term impact on a worker’s life and livelihood.
TBIs range from mild to severe and often have these symptoms:
- Mild TBI – Symptoms may include headache, confusion, dizziness, temporary loss of consciousness, nausea, fatigue, memory loss and speech problems. Victims may suffer from light sensitivity, blurred or double vision, ringing in the ears and loss of taste or smell.
- Moderate to severe TBI – Symptoms may include loss of consciousness, persistent painful headaches, seizures, convulsions, numbness in the extremities and loss of motor skills. Victims may suffer speech disorders, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.
- Spinal Cord Injury
Spinal cord injuries are among the most serious injuries that workers endure. Spinal cord injuries often result in expensive medical bills, long-term medical treatment needs and the inability to continue working.
Spinal cord injuries can be divided into two main categories:
- Complete injuries. These injuries result in total loss of movement and feeling below the injured section of the spine.
- Incomplete injuries. These result in partial loss of function below the injured area.
Depending on where the injury occurs, paraplegia or quadriplegia (tetraplegia) may result.
Broken bones or fractures are painful and may be severe enough to require surgery. Even after surgery is performed, the fracture can still be debilitating. Workers may not be able to return to their job. For a severe fracture, an internal reduction and fixation surgery may be performed. During that surgery the broken bone is repositioned and secured with screws. In some cases, fractures are so severe that surgery cannot completely correct the injury.
- Torn Rotator Cuffs
In jobs that require repetitive activities like overhead reaching and lifting, employees are at risk of suffering rotator cuff injuries. These injuries are generally not caused by a sudden workplace accident. Instead, they develop over time.
Symptoms of torn rotator cuffs may include:
- Pain when resting the arm
- Pain when lifting or lowering the arm
- Popping sounds when the shoulder is moved
- Weakness in the arm
- Back Injuries and Herniated Discs
Back injuries range from minor injuries, such as a pulled muscle, to severe injuries that cause paralysis. Back injuries may involve the vertebrae, spinal column, muscles, ligaments, or even certain organs.
Herniated discs occur when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes through a crack in the tougher exterior casing. Some disc injuries cause no symptoms. Others can irritate nerves and cause severe pain, numbness or weakness in an arm or leg.
- Repetitive Stress Injury
Repetitive motion injuries occur over time. One repetitive motion injury is called carpal tunnel syndrome, which results from overuse of the hands or wrists. Workers with repetitive motion injuries can receive workers’ comp payments to cover the medical costs of their treatment.
- Exposure to Toxic Material
Exposure to toxic materials can result in serious injuries or diseases, with life-altering consequences for the worker. Common injuries that can occur from exposure to toxic substances include burns, rashes and throat or lung injuries. In the most serious cases, exposure to toxic materials can lead to neurological damage, cancer, blindness, organ damage and disfigurement.
Types of Permanent Workplace Injuries
Arizona, recognizes two types of permanent impairments: scheduled and unscheduled. Workers’ comp benefits for both injuries are paid on a monthly basis.
- Scheduled injuries – These are injuries of a specific body part. Arizona workers’ comp laws set out the amounts to be paid for these impairments. These awards can be miscalculated in favor of the insurance carrier. Workers with scheduled injuries may be eligible to receive vocational training from the state of Arizona if they are unable to continue in their previous job. Our attorneys can help workers handle any disputes that arise from permanent injuries and scheduled awards.
- Unscheduled injuries – These injuries are a combination of impairments to various body parts injured in one accident. In cases with unscheduled injuries, the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA) determines the amount of compensation based on workers’ loss of earning capacity. An unscheduled injury has to be reaffirmed each year. Those injuries may be contested by the insurance company.
Common Causes of Workplace Injuries
Common causes of on-the-job injuries in Arizona include:
- Equipment and tool accidents
- Poor lighting
- Repetitive strain
- Hazardous materials
- Workplace violence
Talk to an Arizona Workplace Injury Lawyer Now
At Matt Fendon Law Group, our Arizona workers’ compensation attorneys fight for the benefits and compensation workers need for medical bills, lost earnings, and more. When workers suffer injuries on the job, we fight for their right to workers’ comp benefits. If they are denied benefits, our attorneys work hard to see that the decision is overturned.
For many years, the highly skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group have handled claims for people in Phoenix, Flagstaff, Tucson, Prescott Valley, and across Arizona. Call us toll-free to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our experienced Arizona workers’ comp lawyers.