Overuse Injuries in the Workplace

Worker’s Compensation and Overuse Injuries

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), physical overuse, also known as overexertion, is the number one cause of disabling workplace injuries. Overexertion injuries account for over 3 million hospital visits a year and most are preventable. They can cause a variety of symptoms and can occur at any workplace (and at any time). By filing a workers’ comp claim, you may be able to recover for your medical expenses and missed pay due to time off from work. In some situations, you may also be able to file a lawsuit in addition to your workers’ compensation claim.Overuse Injuries in the Workplace

Causes of Overuse Injuries

Injuries that workers may experience are generally divided into a three categories:

Acute injuries, which result from a single traumatic event like a slip and fall, being struck by an object or a motor vehicle accident. A sprained ankle, a fractured wrist and a dislocated shoulder are examples of acute injuries that can happen as a result of a single incident.

Overuse injuries, which happen over time as a result of many small traumas to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons and other tissue. These types of injuries usually occur through repetitive motion such as typing, lifting, pushing, pulling or holding heavy objects, or working in an awkward position. Although employees in certain industries, such as construction, are at a higher risk for overexertion injuries, any job can be the cause of an injury overuse. These injuries can include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, torn meniscus, herniated discs, back strains and more. And as a result, employees can experience debilitating pain, costly medical bills, extensive physical therapy and missed time at work. Those who experience overexertion injuries on the job should consider working with a New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney to help you secure the benefits you need to recover.

Occupational diseases, such as those caused by exposure to toxic chemicals or work stress-induced heart attacks are covered by the Workers’ Compensation Law.

New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law (N.J.S.A. 34:15-1)

An employee or their dependents can receive workers’ compensation benefits In New Jersey for an injury or death arising out of and in the course of employment. The employer or their insurance carrier pays for necessary and reasonable medical treatment, loss of wages during the period of rehabilitation and when documented, benefits for permanent disability.

Receiving Workers’ Compensation Coverage

Regardless of the type of job or the cause of injury, if it happened at work and was reported to the employer in a timely manner, the employee may have a compensable workers’ compensation claim. Your first step is to report it immediately (24 hours). Failing to report an accident can result in a medical treatment denial and out-of-pocket expenses.

Discuss Your Workers’ Comp Case with our NJ Personal Injury Attorneys

Discussing the specifics of your situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer is the best way to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Monmouth County or Ocean County, NJ, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys of Villani & DeLuca P.C. at 888-389-9533 for a free consultation today. We will review your case and advise you of the important steps to take. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience and knowledge to assist you in filing paperwork and communicating with both the insurance company and your employer, while protecting your rights.