Types of Injuries
At Chappell, Smith & Arden, we are dedicated to helping injured workers throughout the state. Work injuries can be life altering, even a seemingly minor injury can result in chronic pain. Most work injuries are covered by Workers’ Compensation, making your employer responsible for medical expenses and lost wages. Some common work injuries include:
Amputation/Loss of Limb: These are among the most serious of injuries that can happen at work and impact a worker’s life, leaving both physical and emotional scars.
Back and Neck Injuries: Back and neck injuries include herniated discs, whiplash, and bulging discs, and can result from repetitive strain or trauma. These injuries range from mild with minor discomfort, to severe with debilitating and chronic pain. Severe back and neck injuries can also leave workers with permanent disabilities.
Bone Fractures and Orthopedic Injuries: Injuries involving broken bones can happen in a work-related fall or from repeated, forceful stress over prolonged time periods. Depending on the type of fracture and whether there was damage to tendons, ligaments, or joints, this type of injury may result in the need for rehabilitation therapy and temporary disability status for the worker.
Fatal Work Injuries: Losing a loved one in a fatal workplace accident is overwhelmingly difficult. Death benefits via the employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier are available to help the family with costs including funeral expenses.
Foot and Ankle Injuries: This category covers a wide range of injuries, such as sprains, strains, crushing injuries, dislocation, and pulled muscles. Foot and ankle injuries are very commonly reported in the workplace. Some are the result of slips, trips, and falls, but workers can also suffer foot injuries because their job requires them to be on their feet all day. Other foot injuries occur when workers are not supplied with the proper protective equipment.
Mental Injuries: Stress from unusual or extraordinary conditions of employment can cause emotional and psychological injury. Workers’ Compensation claims for mental injuries are often denied by insurers, but if you have medical documentation that work-related stress caused a need for prescription medication or other medical intervention such as counseling and therapy, then your claim may be successful.
Scars and Disfigurement: One of the most devastating kinds of workplace accidents are those resulting in permanent scarring and disfigurement. This type of injury also requires specialized medical care and sometimes reconstructive surgery, leaving the recovery as a multistep process. Workers’ Compensation benefits specific to disfigurement are available in some cases.
Sprains and Strains: Sprains and strains are very common work injuries and involve damage to soft tissues, such as tendons, muscles, or ligaments. They can happen from a slip and fall accident or from heavy lifting or repetitive motion over time. Commonly affected areas include the back, neck, shoulder, wrist, knees, and ankles. Injuries can be severe and painful from the start, or begin as minor discomfort that develops into an injury requiring significant medical attention.
Traumatic Brain Injury: Any injury to the brain is serious and some can have lasting and life changing effects. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is among the most serious, non-fatal workplace accidents, and can leave a worker cognitively impaired and unable to perform their job, or lead an independent lifestyle. Common causes of TBI include motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, and defective equipment.
York County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell, Smith & Arden Advocate on Behalf of Injured Workers
At Chappell, Smith & Arden, our team has the experience to handle Workers’ Compensation claims for a wide range of injuries. Let our Workers’ Compensation lawyers in York County help you with your legal needs to make sure you receive the benefits you are entitled. Call us today at 800-531-9780 to schedule a free and confidential consultation about your case. You can also complete an online contact form. From our six convenient locations, we serve clients throughout South Carolina including in Lexington County, Richland County, Sumter County, Aiken County, Florence County, Lancaster County, York County, Orangeburg County, Kershaw County, and Newberry County, as well as the towns of Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, Rock Hill, Aiken, Sumter, Newberry, Florence, and Spartanburg.