Personal Injury Lawyer Serving the Jacksonville and Quincy, IL, Area
Our lawyers handle various on-the-job injury compensation claims in Springfield & Peoria
When most people hear about workplace injuries, they usually assume they occurred while performing construction work or other physical labor. However, on-the-job injuries can happen anywhere, and office workers, factory workers, commercial drivers and retail professionals may experience injuries that leave them in need of workers' compensation benefits. At Boshardy Law Office in Springfield, our workers' compensation and personal injury attorneys have handled a wide range of these cases in the past for employees in many different fields. With more than 20 years of experience serving Peoria, Springfield and the surrounding communities, we can help you seek the compensation you need after an injury or illness forces you out of work.
Workplace injuries may cause serious health complications
Even the most basic tasks performed over time can cause major injury, particularly if done repeatedly for months or years. While falling objects, slippery surfaces and blocked walkways may all cause accidents at work, many other workers' compensation claims fall under the category of long-term injuries. The following are some of the most common work-related injuries and health issues:
- Joint injuries. Due to the physical demands of many jobs, workers' joints are susceptible to injuries like ankle, wrist and elbow sprains, shoulder and wrist tears and dislocations, and hip and shoulder separations. These personal injuries often require surgery to correct, keeping workers off the job for at least a few weeks.
- Traumatic brain injury. A traumatic brain injury, such as a concussion, results from a blow to the head. These injuries are devastating and cause brain damage that hampers your ability to function properly. In serious cases, a traumatic brain injury may require lifelong medical treatment and therapy to treat.
- Carpal tunnel syndrome. This painful condition arises from compression of the nerves in the wrist and can hamper your ability to use your hands. In the United States, carpal tunnel syndrome is the No. 1 contributor to lost time at work, most often affecting office workers who do a lot of typing.
- Exposure to hazardous materials. Some jobs require workers to be exposed to dangerous materials, such as waste, chemicals or asbestos. Other jobs may cause hearing loss over time. Speak with a skilled attorney in Illinois if this has happened to you.
Dealing with conditions arising from common workplace injuries
An injury at the workplace may be caused by falling debris, repetitive motion, exposure to dangerous materials and many other conditions. If you suffer a work-related injury, you may lose time at work or miss out on opportunities for advancement, costing you and your family money. At Boshardy Law Office, our legal team has more than 20 years of experience representing the unique needs of individuals across central Illinois, including in Springfield & Peoria.
Common medical conditions arising from workplace injuries
Work-related injuries occur in many different ways and thus have different impacts on the body. Below are a few common health conditions that can be caused by workplace accidents:
- Back and neck injuries. Herniated disks, fractured vertebrae, cervical fractures, low back strains, lumbar sprains, neck sprains and pinched nerves are all common conditions that can result from workplace injuries, especially in environments that require heavy lifting.
- Vision or hearing loss. You may be awarded workers' compensation if you lose partial vision, become legally blind or physically lose your eyes due to a fire, a chemical spill or airborne objects at the worksite. Similarly, losing hearing or becoming completely deaf due to a noisy work environment or other job factors may also make you eligible for workers' comp benefits.
- Heart attack or stroke. In jobs that require an unusual amount of exertion and stress, heart attacks and strokes are fairly regular occurrences.
Representing workers in repetitive trauma claims
Workers' compensation insurance provides benefits to employees who suffer an injury due to a sudden act, such as a being struck by falling objects, falling off a roof or getting into a car accident. It also covers long-term injuries and medical conditions that result from months or years of performing certain job-related tasks. The attorneys at Boshardy Law Office, P.C. know how to handle claims of repetitive trauma injuries so you can receive the compensation you need to start your physical recovery.
About repetitive stress and trauma injuries in the workplace
Repetitive trauma injuries happen to workers across a wide range of industries, including those in factory and construction jobs and office personnel. Often, these conditions develop over time, without the workers noticing until they begin to experience significant pain or discomfort. The following are common repetitive stress injuries:
- Carpal tunnel. This is an injury that results from the repeated compression of the nerves in the wrist. It can leave you in great pain and unable to effectively use your hands. Carpal tunnel is commonly associated with typing, but many other jobs that require workers to use their hands frequently and in a repetitive manner may also cause the condition.
- Joint injuries. Jobs that require workers to stand, shift, twist or lift heavy objects can all cause damage to the joints over time. The most common injuries are strains or sprains of the elbows, knees, hips and lower back. These injuries generally require surgery to correct.
- Stress fractures. When a job requires workers to repeatedly lift heavy items, stress fractures may result. This happens when muscles get tired while lifting and transfer weight to the bone, causing small breaks that can damage limbs.
What to do if you have been injured at work
The most common reason injured workers lose their workers' compensation cases is making mistakes immediately after they suffer injuries.
In order to avoid these mistakes, call Boshardy Law Office to discuss how to preserve your rights. Below are a few important rules to follow:
- Notify your employer immediately. Even if you do not believe that you require medical care, if you fail to notify your employer that you have suffered a work accident within 45 days, you cannot recover any compensation should you later discover that you were more severely injured than you thought.
- For repetitive trauma injuries, you are required to provide notice within 45 days of the date you became aware that you had a condition that was caused by the repetitive nature of your job, and that date must align with the time in which a reasonable person would have become aware of the correlation between the injuries and the job.
- Do not believe that your employer and the insurance company are going to allow you to avoid the rules for giving notice of your injuries because you are a valued employee. An insurance company has no financial interest in treating you fairly. You must follow this rule.
- Contrary to popular belief, an injured worker cannot be fired for reporting a work accident or filing a workers' compensation claim.
- Seek treatment from a physician as soon as possible.
- Tell your physician about the injury in as much detail as possible. Ensure that your doctor records this description accurately. If you are seeking treatment for what you believe is a repetitive trauma injury, describe your work activities as accurately and in as much detail as you can. Do not assume that your doctor understands what you do at work.
- Consult the experienced team at Boshardy Law Office as soon after your injury as possible to receive advice on all of these matters and to protect your rights. Remember that your attorney seeks to protect you, not your employer or the insurance company.
Call Boshardy Law Office, P.C. for a legal team with a record of success in Springfield, IL
John V. Boshardy has been representing workers in Illinois for nearly 20 years. If you have been injured on the job, contact Boshardy Law Office, P.C. now.