A Work-Related Sprain or Strain Can Cause Significant Pain and May Be Disabling

Claiming Full Benefits for Injured Workers

Sprains and strains are among the most common work injuries. Workers in industries such as transportation, healthcare, and construction are at risk of sustaining sprains and strain injuries due to the physical demands of the job. Like other work injuries, sprains and strains are compensable under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act. The Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to helping all types of workers throughout the state obtain monetary compensation for their work-related sprains and strains.

What is the Difference Between a Sprain and a Strain?

A sprain is the stretching or tearing of a ligament – the tissue that connects bones at the joints. Common types of sprains involve the ankle or wrist and symptoms typically include swelling, bruising, pain, and immobility of the joint.

A strain is the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon – the tissue that connects muscle to bone. The back and hamstring muscles are commonly affected areas of the body and symptoms include pain, swelling, muscle spasms, and inability to move the muscle.

Minor sprains and strains will heal within a few days of resting, icing, and compressing the injured area. However, more serious sprains or strains may require physical therapy or even reconstructive surgery.

Causes of Sprains and Strains

Sprains and strains can happen in almost any work environment. They may occur suddenly as the result of a single incident, or over time due to repetitive motion. Some of the most common causes of workplace sprains and strains include:

  • Awkward posture: Workers who assume awkward positions place excessive force on their joints, tendons, and muscles. Slumping, excessive reaching, or working in cramped conditions can cause sprain and strain injuries if workers do not stretch and take breaks during the day. Over time, maintaining awkward postures can also lead to musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Lifting heavy loads/lifting incorrectly: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites poor material handling as a common cause of strains and sprains. Workers who attempt to carry loads that are too heavy or who do not lift objects properly are at risk for sprain and strain injuries.
  • Repetitive motion: Many jobs require workers to perform repetitive tasks. Over time, especially when combined with other factors, such as awkward positions, workers may develop strains, also called repetitive strain injuries. Common repetitive strain injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and rotator cuff syndrome.
  • Workplace hazards: Slip and fall hazards in the workplace contribute to workers’ risk of sustaining sprains and strains. According to OSHA, slip and falls are the most common type of workplace accident. Workers who trip over debris in the walkway, slip on icy stairs, or fall due to uneven walking surfaces may suffer various injuries, including sprains and strains.

Preventing Workplace Sprains and Strains

Many sprain and strain injuries are preventable. For those who work in awkward positions, lift heavy objects, or perform repetitive tasks, OSHA recommends that workers:

  • Ask for help
  • Avoid twisting at the waist or lifting upward as much as possible
  • Bend the knees when lifting
  • Carry heavy loads at waist-level and close to the body
  • Change positions and stretch during the day
  • Ensure that equipment is working properly
  • Get enough healthy food, exercise, and sleep
  • Maintain proper posture

In Pennsylvania, employers have a duty to provide workers with safe workplaces that are free from recognized safety hazards. They should therefore ensure that there are no slip and fall hazards, their tools and workspaces are ergonomic, and their employees are properly trained to reduce the risk of sprains and strains.

Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Workers Obtain Compensation for Sprain and Strain Injuries

If you sustained a workplace sprain or strain injury, contact a Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. You may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, including payment for reasonable medical expenses and lost wages. Our attorneys have more than 35 years of experience representing all types of workers throughout Pennsylvania. For a free consultation, please complete our online contact form or call us at 888-PITT-LAW.

We represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, and throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of 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.

Testimonials

“Best Worker’s Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania”

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

Regina Lopez

hreview
5.0
2019-05-23T17:14:50+00:00

Regina Lopez

If you're in need of a Worker's Compensation lawyer, do not doubt that Larry Pitt and Associates is the Best Worker's Compensation Law Firm in Pennsylvania

“Excellent Communication”

Excellent communication and accommodating staff at all time

Salvatore M.

hreview
5.0
2019-05-16T15:09:58+00:00

Salvatore M.

Excellent communication and accommodating staff at all time

“Contact this Firm”

I would recommend all who are fighting a claim to contact this firm.

Andrea Carpenter

hreview
5.0
2019-05-15T16:29:34+00:00

Andrea Carpenter

I would recommend all who are fighting a claim to contact this firm.

“No Regrets”

These people really know what there doing, I felt comfortable from the moment I walked in till I left...I have no regrets what so ever...and I never right reviews...rs.

Ralphael Ramos

hreview
5.0
2019-05-15T14:19:06+00:00

Ralphael Ramos

These people really know what there doing, I felt comfortable from the moment I walked in till I left...I have no regrets what so ever...and I never right reviews...rs.

“Forever Grateful”

Larry's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly.  I am forever grateful

 

Jessica Lipnitz

hreview
5.0
2019-05-15T14:00:48+00:00

Jessica Lipnitz

Larry's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly.  I am forever grateful  

“Above and Beyond”

Have nothing to say but great things !!!! The whole staff goes above and beyond what I expected of a law firm.

Christine Clark

hreview
5.0
2019-05-15T13:36:36+00:00

Christine Clark

Have nothing to say but great things !!!! The whole staff goes above and beyond what I expected of a law firm.

“Very Reliable and Knowledgeable”

I'm so glad that I contacted Larry Pitt & Associates. He was very reliable and knowledgeable. During a tough time in my life, they made sure I was okay and made sure I received excellent care. Thank you for everything.

James Hull

hreview
5.0
2019-05-13T14:32:35+00:00

James Hull

I'm so glad that I contacted Larry Pitt & Associates. He was very reliable and knowledgeable. During a tough time in my life, they made sure I was okay and made sure I received excellent care. Thank you for everything.

“100% Happy”

Best Workman's Comp law firm in the Philadelphia area. 100% happy with the outcome of my case.

Donna Elmwood

hreview
5.0
2019-02-19T18:18:09+00:00

Donna Elmwood

Best Workman's Comp law firm in the Philadelphia area. 100% happy with the outcome of my case.

“Guided Me Every Step of the Way”

One of the BEST Workman's Comp Lawyers in Philadelphia. Guided me every step of the way, with the positive and negatives that could happen in my case. So happy I stuck with Larry Pitt & Associates
Melinda Matson
hreview
5.0
2019-01-31T17:30:27+00:00
Melinda Matson
One of the BEST Workman's Comp Lawyers in Philadelphia. Guided me every step of the way, with the positive and negatives that could happen in my case. So happy I stuck with Larry Pitt & Associates

“Prompt Responses”

Cannot thank you enough for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I greatly appreciate your help with my work injury case.

Michele Leap

hreview
2019-01-28T16:20:04+00:00

Michele Leap

Cannot thank you enough for your prompt responses and for solving my problems without allowing me to go through any stress whatsoever. I greatly appreciate your help with my work injury case.
5
9

Contact Larry Pitt

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.