Topic: Workers Compensation
Nerves collect and transmit information throughout the body and are vital to every major bodily function. When nerves are damaged because of overuse or because of a work injury, the consequences can be devastating. Nerve injuries can result in chronic pain, numbness, tingling and may even lead to paralysis.
Nerve damage and nerve injuries can happen in any type of work environment. Nerve damage is typically caused by repetitive motion or by a sudden traumatic injury. Regardless of the source, the results are the same – pain that can disrupt a person’s daily life and activities. Even pain that seems minor at first can develop into a debilitating issue that results in extended periods of disability.
Almost all types of nerve damage caused by an accident at work are covered by Worker’s Compensation insurance. Jeffrey S. Gross has more than 20 years of experience dealing with the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation system and can help workers who have been injured on the job file a claim and recover benefits. Our practice is focused on defending the rights of injured workers.
Causes of Nerve Damage
Nerve damage is most often caused by repetitive motion, trauma, or illness, such as diabetes. Repetitive motion causes stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Many work-related injuries result in nerve damage that continues long after the initial injury occurred. Nerve damage that results from trauma is often more serious than stress injuries. Some catastrophic injuries cause permanent nerve damage that can lead to paralysis.
Nerve damage may result from slip and fall accidents, crushing injuries, head and neck injuries, compression, bone fractures, or spinal cord damage. Exposure to toxins present in the workplace, such as arsenic, lead and mercury, can also cause nerve damage.
Types of Nerve Damage
There are many kinds of nerve conditions, but most stem from one of two types of damage – tearing and pressure.
Pressure on nerves can block the transmission of signals from nerves to the brain.
May be caused by stress over time or acute trauma
Damage is generally not permanent and can be reversed in days or months
Nerves can regenerate over time
Treatment includes surgery or physical rehabilitation
Tearing, stretching, or bruising of the nerves and the surrounding tissue can cause serious damage.
Often caused by traumatic accidents, generally not repetitive stress
Results can be limited motion and/or strength, loss of function, paralysis
Damage can be permanent, especially nerve damage that occurs through an injury to the head or spine
Treatment often involves both surgery and physical rehabilitation
It is very important to see a medical professional for treatment of nerve damage as well as for pain management. When choosing a doctor, check to see if your employer has posted a list of medical providers. You may be required to select a doctor from the list for the first 90 days of treatment. Following that initial period, you may seek treatment from a doctor of your choosing.
Workers’ Compensation for Nerve Damage
Pennsylvania law requires that employers carry Workers’ Compensation insurance. Employees who are injured on the job may be entitled to wage loss benefits, reimbursement for injury-related medical expenses, and in some cases, specific-loss benefits. Some employers push for an employee who has suffered nerve damage to return to work on “light duty” to avoid paying fair benefits. However, rest may be crucial to recovery and it is important to have a physician who will support you as you regain your strength and your health.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Advocate on Behalf of Workers with Nerve Damage
Nerve damage can have lasting effects and should always be taken seriously. If you have nerve damage from an injury suffered at work, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. The Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross have a thorough knowledge of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation law and can provide you with skilled representation for your case. Call 267-589-0090 or 215-512-1500 for a free consultation or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located in Philadelphia, allowing us to represent injured workers throughout the surrounding area.