Suffering a spinal cord injury in the workplace is often debilitating. When the injury is severe, the worker might have to undergo surgery, extensive physical therapy and ongoing rehabilitation all while dealing with disabilities, chronic pain and extensive medical bills. Most often, workplace spinal cord injuries leave the worker with a permanent tingling sensation in the extremities.
Serious injuries involving extensive spinal nerve damage can cause a lifetime of repercussions like being confined to a bed or wheelchair. Many Illinois workplace injuries involve serious nerve damage where the worker suffers:
- Quadriplegia, paraplegia or other paralysis
- Muscle atrophy
- Extensive nerve damage including neuropathy
- Foot drop
- Intense neck and back pain
- An ongoing tingling sensation in the limbs, hands, wrists, ankles, fingers and toes
- Reduced or limited mobility
Most individuals associate a serious workplace injury with occupations that are labor-intensive. This might include a construction worker, dock workers, truck driver or others. However, the severity of an injury often relies on various factors including the extent of damage to the nervous system. Many workers suffer spinal cord, neck and back injuries as the result of a slip or fall in the workplace. Some accidents cause significant head trauma and nerve damage requiring long-term care and extensive surgeries.
Jobs that require heavy lifting, moving or pushing tend to have a higher incident rate of spinal cord injury in the workplace. Certain occupations including janitors, factory workers, warehouse employees and nursing aides tend to experience severe spinal cord injuries from repeated lifting, reaching, bending and twisting.
Central Nervous System Damage
The brain and spinal column make up the central nervous system, where bundles of fragile nerves deliver information to all body parts. The spinal cord is encased in the spinal column formed with 24 vertebrae to provide movement and protect the nerves from harm. When the spinal column's ligaments, discs and vertebrae sustain injury, the damage can last a lifetime. Most injuries are the result of various factors including:
- Herniated Discs – The discs located between the vertebrae can bulge and swell when damaged by a severe blow or impact. The extended pressure can herniate the disc, often causing serious complications including diminished sensation, tingling and numbness.
- Spinal Cord Compression – Repeated pushing, pulling and lifting can cause compression of the spinal cord that causes it to swell and narrow. Over time, the compression can cause significant issues including partial paralysis, numbing sensation in the extremities and severe pain.
- Paralysis – Temporary or permanent paralysis is often caused by severe trauma or severing of the spinal column, where the victim loses function and sensation in one or more parts of the body. Paralysis also causes diminished motor function and reflex.
If left untreated, even a minor spinal cord injury can become severe over time. After the immediate physical effect of a severe spinal cord injury has lessened, families often face extensive medical bills and loss of support due to the inability to earn a weekly paycheck. As a result, they often hire a personal injury attorney who specializes in spinal cord injury claims to obtain recompense.
Seeking Financial Compensation After a Spinal Cord Injury at Work
Employees suffering serious spinal cord injuries that happen in the workplace are often entitled to receive benefits and financial compensation. While workers' compensation plans provide benefits, the amount of compensation is often limited to medical expenses and time away from work. Alternatively, a personal injury attorney who specializes in spinal cord injuries caused by on-the-job accidents can evaluate a claim to see if additional third parties can be held financially accountable for the injuries.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC handle an array of spinal cord injury claims and lawsuits including on-the-job accidents. Our aggressive team of Illinois spinal cord injury attorneys can provide you legal options to protect your rights when seeking financial compensation. We accept workplace accident cases on contingency to help you avoid paying any upfront fees for our legal services.
Contact our law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free consultation to review your case. We can build a solid claim against all responsible parties. Our efforts ensure all of your expenses are covered by investigating the accident, reviewing your medical records, hiring experts and speaking to eyewitnesses to ensure you receive every benefit the law requires.