Common Work-Related Injuries You Should Be Aware Of

An on-the-job injury can strike at any time, forcing you to lose hours from work and causing pain or even permanent disability. From temporary extremity injuries such as breaks and sprains to more serious brain and spinal cord damage, injury victims of all kinds can rely on an attorney from our Columbus, Ohio, firm to represent them aggressively in workers' compensation and Social Security Disability Insurance cases. We focus our practice on representing seriously injured and permanently disabled workers and their families.

Brain And Spinal Cord Injuries

A head or spine injury can leave the unlucky victim partially or completely disabled. If you or a member of your family has suffered a serious brain or spinal cord injury on the job, you need a trustworthy attorney to handle your claim. It is not uncommon for victims of head, neck and spine injuries to require long-term or permanent caretaking because they are no longer able to provide for themselves. If the injury victim was the family's principal breadwinner, the problem is still more urgent. We understand your priorities and will work with you to ensure that you receive full compensation for your brain or spinal cord injury.

Brain and spinal cord injuries are often caused by falling objects or by falls off ladders, scaffolds and other elevated equipment. These sorts of accidents are relatively common on construction sites and in other work environments where heavy machinery and hand-held tools are used. According to workplace injury statistics published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction accidents such as these claim many lives each year and leave many thousands of other workers seriously injured. If your career has been affected by a serious brain or spinal cord injury, an attorney from our firm in Columbus, Ohio, can help you seek the financial support required to cover your medical bills and provide for your family.

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries are the result of performing the same motion over and over. Workers who perform the same task repeatedly often suffer these injuries, which can make it difficult to continue performing their jobs. Though such an injury is not typically as crippling as a brain or spinal cord injury, it may still merit attention from a workers' compensation attorney if you are limited at work or must undergo treatment.

One common example of a repetitive motion injury is tendinitis, in which continuous motion causes tendons to tighten and tear, resulting in stiffness, inflammation and a persistent burning sensation in the joint around the affected tendon. Another example is carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition in which repetitive hand motion (most commonly typing) causes nerve compression in the wrist, leading to numbness and weakness in the hand. Workers suffering from repetitive motion injuries often require long-lasting therapy to remain functional at work, and many are forced to change duties, which could impact their earning power.

Occupational Diseases

In many jobs, the presence of hazardous substances is unavoidable. Mining, manufacturing, construction and demolition workers are at risk of exposure to toxic substances that contribute over time to potentially fatal diseases.

The best-known example of this phenomenon is exposure to asbestos, a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that, although heavily restricted, is still present in many buildings and consumer products made before the 1970s. Asbestos is a carcinogen, and inhaling asbestos fibers has been shown to cause lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and other dire medical conditions. Workers who are exposed to these sorts of substances must take stringent precautions to avoid having their lives cut short by occupational diseases.

Breaks And Sprains

Broken bones, sprains and other less severe injuries often go overlooked in discussions of workers' compensation, but these injuries are just as likely to force workers to miss hours as many more catastrophic or long-lasting injuries. It can take several weeks for even a clean break to heal, during which time it may be impossible to perform one's duties effectively. Workers' compensation is intended to deal with just this sort of eventuality.

Discuss Your Case With A Brain And Spinal Cord Injury Attorney In Columbus, Ohio

Schedule a free consultation with Philip J. Fulton Law Office in Columbus, Ohio, today if you have suffered a brain, spinal cord or other workplace injury. Your attorney will help you pursue every kind of compensation available to you, ensuring that your family is provided for while you recover. Contact our office to begin preparing your workers' compensation case.