Workers’ Compensation For Spinal Cord Injuries
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury while working in a construction, manufacturing or warehouse job, you need to know your rights and options. Spinal cord injuries can be severe and life-changing. Often, spinal cord injuries can be among the most devastating of work-related injuries. Taking the necessary steps to protect your health and well-being is essential.
How Do Spinal Cord Injuries Happen?
Spinal cord injuries can happen in many ways in construction, manufacturing and warehouse jobs. Some of the most common causes include falls from heights, motor vehicle accidents, getting struck by heavy objects and repetitive motion injuries.
These jobs often require workers to engage in physically demanding activities that strain the back and neck, such as lifting heavy objects, operating heavy machinery and working in awkward positions for extended periods.
The Seriousness Of Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can be classified as either complete or incomplete.
A complete injury means that the spinal cord is severed, resulting in a loss of sensation and movement below the level of the injury.
An incomplete injury means that there is some degree of sensation and movement below the level of the injury. Incomplete injuries can vary widely in severity and can result in a range of symptoms, including weakness, numbness, tingling and loss of bowel and bladder control.
Spinal cord injuries can also lead to paralysis, which can be either partial or complete.
Treatment For Spinal Cord Injuries
Treatment for spinal cord injuries can be extensive and costly. It often involves surgery, rehabilitation and ongoing medical care. Workers’ comp coverage can help cover the costs of medical treatment, lost wages and other expenses related to the injury.
If you have suffered a spinal cord injury while working, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as possible and seek medical attention. Your employer must provide information about your rights and responsibilities under workers’ compensation laws.
Working with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you navigate the process and ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to is important.
Start Seeking Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you or someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury while working, contact our attorney at the Law Office of Eric M. Overholt for a free consultation. As an experienced workers’ comp attorney, he can help you understand your rights and options and fight for the benefits you deserve. Call 619-908-1563 or fill out this online form to schedule an appointment in San Diego.