Nerve injuries are one of the common work-related physical problems experienced by workers. Employees in any type of work environment can suffer from nerve injuries. Whether resulting from a workplace accident or work-related repetitive stress, these types of injuries may be covered by an employer’s Workers’ Compensation insurance.
Causes of Nerve Damage
Many jobs involve repetitive motions such as typing on a keyboard, which may eventually lead to nerve damage. Carpel tunnel syndrome is one type of work-related repetitive use nerve injury. Jobs that require a worker to repeat the same motion with their arm or finger over and over again, such as assembly line workers, hair stylists, musicians, or cashiers are particularly vulnerable to this type of nerve damage.
Sudden traumatic injuries also may result in nerve damage. Construction accidents that result in head or spinal trauma often are also the cause of nerve damage to workers. Other work-related causes of nerve damage include: electrocutions, slip and fall accidents, exposure to toxins including mercury or arsenic, faulty equipment and machinery, car accidents and falls from high heights.
Physical Symptoms Associated with Nerve Damage
The most serious type of nerve damage occurs when the nerve or surrounding tissue is bruised, torn, stretched or severed. This can result in paralysis and other permanent loss of nerve function. Shoulder problems such as rotator cuff injuries are another type of nerve injury. Other types of nerve injuries include: herniated discs, sciatica, facial nerve damage such as Bell’s palsy, pinched nerves and peripheral nerve damage.
When there is a loss of blood supply to a nerve due to pressure, as in the case of repetitive use injuries, the injured nerve will block transmission of signals to and from the brain. While not usually permanent in nature, this type of nerve injury can also result in painful, chronic and debilitating pain as seen in carpel tunnel syndrome.
Treatment for Nerve Damage
Many nerve injuries require a long recovery time and require significant medical treatment. Treatment for nerve injuries will depend on the cause and extent of the nerve damage. Individuals suffering from work-related nerve damage often require treatment for numbness, atrophy or muscle weakness, constipation, paralysis, burning sensations, lightheadedness, tingling and pain. Nerve damage treatments can include pain medication, cortisone injections to reduce inflammation, physical therapy, occupational therapy and other types of rehabilitation. Severe cases of nerve damage may require surgery to reduce the pressure on the nerves, remove damaged nerve sections, repair damaged nerves, reattach healthy nerves or to perform a nerve graft.
Long term and extensive treatment of nerve damage will result in a significant financial burden to the injured worker. When a work-related nerve injury results in an inability or decreased ability to work, an employee may file a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits to pay for the costs of medical treatment, wage compensation, and permanent disability benefits. The first step in navigating the complexities of filing a Workers’ Compensation claim is to consult with an experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Fight for Workplace Accident Victims
If you or a loved one has suffered nerve damage resulting from a work-related accident, compensation may be available. The experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. are ready to assist you in filing your Workers’ Compensation claim. To schedule a free consultation today, call us at 803-929-3600 or 866-881-8623 or contact us online.
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