Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation for Work-Related Nerve Damage
Pennsylvania employees may suffer nerve damage from various types of workplace accidents. Work-related nerve damage may develop from one single traumatic event or it may develop over time, due to repetitive motion. Nerve injuries can cause limited mobility or reduced function in the affected area. In some cases, a nerve injury can lead to partial or complete paralysis. Treatment options include medication, occupational therapy, and surgery.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, employees may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs associated with their work injuries. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. help workers to collect the benefits to which they are entitled for their nerve injuries.
How Do Nerves Become Damaged?
Nerve damage can be debilitating. Depending on the type of nerve damage workers suffer, they may experience symptoms ranging in severity from muscle weakness to complete paralysis. Common symptoms of nerve damage include burning, numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness in the muscle. Generally, a nerve may become damaged if it is:
- Compressed – Pressure on nerves often results from a loss of blood supply to the area. It typically causes temporary damage that can be reversed by relieving the pressure placed on the nerve.
- Stretched – The most common type of nerve damage caused by overstretching is a slipped disc in the spinal cord. Surgery may be necessary for this type of injury, which is usually the result of a traumatic workplace accident.
- Torn – Traumatic injuries may sever or tear the nerve, disrupting all communication to and from the brain. This type of nerve damage may cause paralysis and generally requires surgery.
Causes of Work-Related Nerve Damage
There are various causes of workplace nerve damage. Some of the most common ones our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers have seen include:
- Car accidents – Victims of car accidents may suffer nerve damage due to injuries they sustained in the accident, such as spinal cord injuries.
- Crush injury – When a body part is crushed between two objects, muscle, tissue, organ, bone, or nerve damage may occur as a result of the crush injury.
- Electrocution – Electrical shock can cause a variety of neurological complications, including nerve damage.
- Fall from heights – Construction workers are particularly at risk for nerve injuries in falls from heights accidents, one of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) “fatal four” causes of construction worker fatalities.
- Laceration – Deep cuts or lacerations may cause damage that requires surgical repair.
- Overexertion – Workers who overexert themselves may stretch, tear, or sever a nerve, typically in the back or shoulder.
- Repetitive motion – A common nerve injury is carpal tunnel syndrome, which results from pressure on the median nerve in the wrist.
- Slip and fall accident – Temporary or permanent nerve damage may result from slip and fall accidents, which according to OSHA, is the most common type of workplace accident.
- Toxic substance exposure – Exposure to toxic chemicals in the workplace may cause workers to suffer damage to the nerves.
Workers’ Compensation for Nerve Damage
The laws regarding how much and what types of workers’ compensation benefits employees may collect vary by state. Pennsylvania employees may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation for their work-related injuries as well as any resulting nerve damage. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to helping injured workers navigate the legal system in order to recover the maximum benefits in their case.
Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, employees typically have 120 days to report their workplace injuries to their employers. They may be eligible to receive several types of workers’ compensation benefits, including:
- Medical expense payment
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Wage loss compensation
Pre-Existing Conditions and Nerve Damage
Workers who have certain pre-existing conditions such as arthritis or a herniated disc may be more susceptible to nerve injuries. In Pennsylvania, employees can collect workers’ compensation for work-related nerve damage that occurred due to aggravation of their pre-existing condition regardless of whether their pre-existing condition is work-related. Injured workers should consult with a knowledgeable attorney in their local area regarding compensation for pre-existing injuries as employers often try to wrongfully deny these types of claims.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Workers Collect Benefits for Nerve Damage
If you suffered a work-related nerve injury, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. We can ensure that your rights are protected and help you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled. Complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW today to arrange a free consultation.
With offices in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, our team provides skilled representation to injured workers in and around Pennsylvania, including Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester, and Wynnewood.