Lifting Accident Lawyers in Austin
Lifting injuries are the most commonly reported injuries in the work environment. This is particularly true of construction sites, but it is also true of any type of work that requires manual lifting such as factory or retail work. Injuries can be avoided when employers provide proper safety and lifting training and provide lifting aids such as back braces to their employees. Sometimes though, even the most careful employee, training and lifting aids are not enough to avoid injury from lifting heavy items.
Common Lifting Injuries
There are a number of injuries that can result from lifting heavy items at work. These injuries include:
- Back sprain and strain – back injuries can result from lifting heavy items, twisting when lifting, or lifting with the back instead of the legs. These types of injuries can be very painful and are often disabling. Symptoms include dull ache, severe/sharp pain, radiating or crushing pain, inability to bend or twist, and pain radiating down into the legs and feet. Bulging and herniated disks often result in lifting injuries. There are a number of treatments for back injuries including immobilizing the area, ice, pain medications and surgery.
- Neck injuries – injuries to the neck can affect other areas of the body, particularly the arms, arm strength and the ability to grip and/or use the hands. Pain from neck injuries parallel back injuries including radiating pain, severe/sharp pain, crushing feeling in back, arms or hands and inability to grip or fully use the hand.
- Hernia – caused from straining under heavy loads, these injuries occur when an organ, or the tissue that holds the organ, protrudes through the wall of the cavity that normally contains it, such as the abdomen. Pain and swelling are usually present and movement can be affected. The pressure on the interior walls of the abdomen can result in extreme pain and surgery is often necessary to repair the area of herniation.
- Shoulder and arm injuries – strains, tears and tendonitis can result when the shoulders or arms are injured in a lifting injury. Pain, swelling, inflammation or restricted movement can indicate the presence of a muscle strain or tear. Passive treatments such as ice or immobilizing the area are common treatments. In the case of a tear, surgery is usually needed.
- Crush Injuries – heavy items that are dropped on the foot, ankle or leg can cause severe crush injuries. Crush injuries can cause damage to soft tissue, nerves, blood vessels and bones. Accordingly, these can be very painful injuries that often result in lifelong disabilities and chronic pain.
Filing a Compensation Claim
If you or a loved one has suffered a lifting injury at work you may be entitled to file a workers' compensation claim. In addition, if you have suffered any permanent or debilitating injuries, you may be entitled to additional compensation. The attorneys at Zinda Law Group can help you recover your lost wages, get your medical bills paid, and get you the compensation that you deserve. Call today to speak with an experienced Austin Personal Injury attorney. There is no cost to you and we don't get paid unless you do. So call today at (800) 863-5312. The call is free and the consultation is free too.