Did your employer ask you to do extra work during the holidays before Jan. 1, 2018? Don’t be so quick to comply with the orders just yet, as this may cause you orthopedic injuries, lawyers warn.
Orthopedic injuries are among the most common injuries in the workplace in the U.S. While causes of orthopedic injuries may vary from one case to another – with slip and fall accidents at work accounting for a large portion of orthopedic injury claims – certain conditions in the workplace may put you at a higher risk of injury.
In fact, it’s not unheard of when employers give their workers extra work to finish more projects before the holidays. This may cause injuries and even disability in workers of certain occupations, our Los Angeles orthopedic injury attorneys warn.
TYPES OF ORTHOPEDIC INJURIES
You may agree that spending the holidays in your bed or the hospital in the aftermath of a work-related orthopedic injury is not exactly the most fun thing to do.
As orthopedic injuries in the workplace may be life-changing and it can take weeks or even months to fully recover and get back to work, seeking workers’ compensation for your injuries in the workplace is vital to recover medical bills, damages and lost wages, and ensure a speedy recovery.
Here at Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, our best lawyers have handled hundreds of workers’ compensation claims relating to orthopedic injuries over the past over 40 years. If you got injured at work, you must seek medical evaluation as soon as possible.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of orthopedic injuries commonly suffered in the workplace in Encino and elsewhere in Los Angeles:
- Carpal tunnel
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Torn meniscus
- Rotator cuff tendinitis and tears or other shoulder injury
- Chronic back, neck, shoulder or knee pain
- ACL injuries
- Cervical Fractures
- Compression Fracture
- Flexion/ Distraction Fracture
- Talus (Talar) Fracture
- Heel Fracture
- Rib Fracture
- Dislocated Hip
- And many other orthopedic injuries…
HOW TO SEEK WORKERS’ COMPENSATION FOR ORTHOPEDIC INJURIES?
As mentioned above, many employees in the U.S. are required to do extra work before and during the holiday season, which puts them at a higher risk of injuries in the workplace.
While it may be legally acceptable to assign extra work to employees, neglecting workers’ safety and failing to provide a safe environment at work – which, in turn, can lead to orthopedic injuries – is, in fact, illegal, our workers compensation lawyers explain.
Whether you’re required to spend more hours as a receptionist standing all day and greeting guests during the holidays or your employer requires you to spend more hours on the road carrying truck cargos, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation if you develop bunions (from wearing high heels as a receptionist) or get into a truck accident due to fatigue and sleep-deprivation.
The realm of orthopedic injuries in workers’ compensation laws in California covers a wide variety of work-related injuries, including those caused by a one-time event or repetitive motions (physical stress), our Los Angeles orthopedic injury attorneys explain.
Causes of orthopedic injuries in the workplace vary greatly, as you may get this type of injuries due to:
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Construction accidents;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Heavy Equipment accidents;
- Machinery accidents;
- Vehicle defects;
- Defective products;
- Construction Accidents…
- And many other causes depending on the nature of your work.
If you suffer orthopedic injuries while performing your duties – or you believe that your injuries were caused by certain conditions in the workplace – don’t hesitate to contact an experienced orthopedic injury attorney.
Let our best orthopedic injury lawyers in Los Angeles help you obtain workers’ compensation and make the employer and the company’s insurance company cover your medical expenses for the short- and long-term physical therapy and treatment.
Call our offices at 818-609-7005 or fill out this contact form for a free case evaluation.