People suffer many kids of work-related injuries on the job. Accidents involving equipment failures, slip-and-falls, and repetitive strain injuries are common. Surprisingly, however, a leading cause of workplace injury is overexertion. Overexertion happens when a person attempts to exceed their body’s physical abilities, whether by working to the point of fatigue or by overestimating their own limits. A common example is a back injury that results from lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying a too-heavy load.
When a person pushes themselves to the point of overexertion the immediate symptoms can include headache, nausea, irregular heartbeat, or overheating, as well as pain in the abdomen, chest, or muscles. A muscle injury may cause muscle aches, spasms, or burning sensations that linger. Pain may even spread to other areas of the body. Fatigue and trouble sleeping are also associated with overexertion.
Recognizing and Reporting Overexertion
Often managers, and even the employees themselves, have trouble recognizing the symptoms of an injury as being a result of overexertion. Managers should make the issue part of their job training efforts and continue to monitor their hard-working team for signs of trouble. If such an injury is suspected, the incident should be documented, and the injury should be evaluated by a healthcare professional. Resulting feedback should be considered when reassessing job duties for the future.
Individual abilities differ among workers doing the same job. It is difficult for managers to estimate the effort limits to put on their employees. Yet, such calculations are essential to prevent overexertion.
Companies should design jobs with workers’ limitations, such as lift capacity and ergonomics, in mind. They should also provide proper job training to instruct workers on safe practices. When injuries do happen, jobsite managers need to re-evaluate and possibly redesign the job to accommodate workers’ needs. In some instances, companies should look into providing alternative solutions, like lifts, hoists, or other jobsite machines to assist workers and prevent injury.
The best treatment for overexertion is rest. Doctors also prescribe anti-inflammatories to bring down swelling. Heat or ice may help as well. Physical therapy may be recommended to help with range of motion and to maintain muscle strength. Muscle relaxers, cortisone shots, and in the most severe cases, surgery may be required.
Workers’ Compensation Helps Workers Who Experience Overexertion Injury
Workers injured on the job as a result of overexertion may be eligible to collect compensation to help with injury-related costs, even if they have medical insurance. Workers’ Compensation benefits may cover medical appointments, physical therapy, as well as medication and equipment such as crutches or splints. The benefits may also extend to cover lost wages, if the injury prevents a timely return to work. In cases where an injury prevents an individual from returning at all, Workers’ Compensation may provide new-job training to allow for the injured person to return to the workforce in a different capacity.
Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Clients Dealing With Overexertion Injuries
If you have sustained an injury that may be the result of overexertion on the job, you should talk with a lawyer to determine if you are eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. A Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help you navigate laws that may apply in your situation. Call 803-929-3600 or (803) 929-3600 today or contact us online.
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