Common Types of Injuries In New York

New York Lawyers Fighting For Injured Workers

Employees can receive workers’ compensation for a variety of different types of injuries. In fact, your injury does not have to be caused only by a physical accident for you to obtain workers’ compensation. Conditions or illnesses that are sustained over a long period of time can also be covered by workers’ compensation. The Disability Guys are dedicated to representing the rights of injured workers in New York. Since 1933 we have been helping injured workers in New York to obtain the workers’ compensation that they deserve.

We represent workers in every profession suffering from any type of work-related injury.

That being said, some of the most common types of workplace injuries that we handle include:

Common Injuries Eligible For Workers Compensation & Social Security Disability

Knee Injuries & Knee Pain

Knee injuries are among the most common injuries suffered in the workplace. This is especially true for jobs that involve manual labor. Falls, heavy lifting, or simply banging your knee on a hard object are all typical scenarios in which workers can suffer a knee injury.

Additionally, normal work can lead to knee pain over a long period of time.

Whether you damaged a tendon, ligament or bone, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation or social security disability.

Back & Spinal Cord Injuries

A back injury is one of the most common types of work-related injuries. This is especially true in certain industries such as construction, oil extraction, service and other professions that require lots of manual labor or work with heavy equipment. However these injuries can occur in any type of workplace.

A back injury can vary in severity from a minor strain to permanent spine injuries. If you have suffered a back injury in the course of work you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

To learn more about these injuries click here.

Bone Fractures & Muscle Strains

Bone, muscle and joint injuries are often very serious and can take a long time to recover from. In addition to the pain and time away from work, these injuries often require costly medical expenses.

Some of the most common types of injuries that our New York workers’ compensation lawyers handle include:

  • Muscle strains
  • Broken bones
  • Torn muscles
  • Sprains
  • Bruises

Read more about broken bone and muscle strain injuries here.

Loss of Limb / Amputation

A loss of limb can have a lasting impact on one’s ability to work and can also affect one’s quality of life. These types of injuries are typically sustained in jobs where heavy machinery is used. One of the most common types of accidents leading to loss of limb is when a worker’s arm or leg becomes caught in between two heavy objects.

While these accidents can occur in any industry, construction workers and industrial workers are often victims of these accidents.

In addition to the excruciating pain, these injuries can result in expensive medical bills and can have a serious impact on one’s ability to perform work.

To learn more about these injuries and eligibility for benefits click here.

Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries can occur during a single incident or can develop over a long period of time.

A few types of shoulder injuries that workers often sustain include dislocations, tendonitis, fractures, shoulder bursitis and rotator cuff injuries.

If you suffered an acute shoulder injury at work or are experiencing shoulder pain you should seek medical attention before the injury becomes worse.

To learn more about shoulder injuries in the workplace and eligibility for workers’ compensation, visit our shoulder injury page.

Eye Injuries

Eye injuries are a common occurrence on the job. According to statistics from the CDC, more than 800,000 workers sustain eye injuries at work in the United States each year. Eye injuries can be caused by a many different factors. Construction workers, electricians and similar types of workers commonly report eye injuries from projected object or particles such as wood, glass and other types of material.

However, office workers can also sustain eye injuries from extended hours working at a computer screen.

Employees who suffer an eye injury on the job have a right to workers’ compensation, regardless of what caused their injury.

Burns, Scars & Disfigurement

Injuries that lead to scarring or disfigurement can be extremely traumatizing for individuals. Burn injuries from fires or explosion commonly lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement, however, many other types of work-related accidents can lead to these injuries as well.

If you have suffered scarring or disfigurement from a work-related accident you may be entitled to workers’ compensation under New York law.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome, also known as median nerve compression, is a condition defined by numbness, tingling and weakness in the hand due to a pinched nerve on the underside of the wrist.

Carpal tunnel is commonly caused by constant work on a computer such as typing or data-entry, however, it can also be caused by other types of repetitive hand and wrist motions too. Learn more on this page.

Head Injuries

Head injuries can range in severity from minor bruises or abrasions to traumatic brain injury. Many head injuries are caused by fallin objects and therefore are more common in certain workplace environments which involve elevated working conditions such as carpentry, construction, warehouse work and factory work. However, these injuries can be caused in any type of work environment. For example, many workers suffer head injuries after a slip and fall accident.

If you have suffered a head injury you should seek immediate medical attention and then call Markhoff & Mittman to discuss your circumstances.

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss is one of the most common types of injuries in workplaces that involve the use of powerful and loud machinery. Many people believe that hearing loss is caused by one specific incident, however, exposure to loud noise over years is the most common cause of hearing loss.

Many workers attribute their hearing loss to older age, however it is very possible that your hearing loss was caused by your working environment.

Heart Attack & Strokes

A heart attack or stroke can be caused by a variety of different factors. Many insurance companies argue will argue that a heart attack or stroke was not caused by work related factors. However, one of the most common causes of a heart attack is work related stress.

If you or loved one suffered a heart attack or stroke while at work it is possible that job pressures such as performance expectations, workload and other stress factors could have induced the incident.

MRSA Infections

MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans.

Health care workers including nurses, doctors and nursing home caregivers often contract MRSA and other types of infections during the course of work.

If you have contracted MRSA on the job you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation to cover your medical expenses and lost wages.

Neck Injuries

Neck injuries are often caused by heavy lifting, falling objects and other workplace hazards. However these injuries can also be caused by other types of accidents. For example, if you are driving for your job and are involved in a car crash that causes a neck injury, you may have the right to workers’ compensation.

Nerve and Tendon Injuries

Nerve and tendon injuries can have a long term effect on one’s ability to perform work and enjoy daily activities. In addition to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, workers can suffer other serious nerve injuries including pinched nerves, tendinitis and torn tendons.

Many of these injuries are caused by repetitive motion in the workplace and can happen in all types of work environments.

Paralysis, Paraplegia and Quadriplegia

Paralyzing injuries are very serious. Any type of injury that limits one’s mobility does not just impact future work, but can have a lasting impact on one’s quality of life. If a workplace accident has caused you to suffer a paralyzing injury, you have should contact Markhoff & Mittman today to discuss your right to workers’ compensation.

Repetitive Trauma Injuries

Repetitive trauma injuries can range in severity. From muscle strains to hearing loss, any workplace that exposes a worker to repetitive motions or harmful conditions can result in an injury.

Many people do not think to do anything about these injuries because they consider it “part of the job”. However, these are real injuries which can have serious consequences if untreated.

Mental Health Issues

Many people believe that work injuries must be physical in their nature to recover workers’  compensation. However, that is not always the case. Workers can also suffer mental and emotional trauma on the job. Work-related stress often causes mental health problems for workers than can limit ability to work.

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Workers’ Comp & Disability Benefits Lawyers Helping Injured New Yorkers

Under New York law, workers who become injured as a result of their job are entitled to workers’ compensation to cover medical expenses and other costs associated with their injury, regardless of what caused the injury.

Depending on your injuries, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits as well.

However, many injured workers in New York do not receive the benefits that they need because they are either unaware of their rights or have trouble with the complicated process of filing for a workers comp or disability benefits claim.

At Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. our lawyers are experienced in workers’ compensation law and are dedicated to helping injured workers obtain the compensation that they are owed.

Contact us today by calling (866) 205-2415 for a free consultation to discuss your options.

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