Injuries Covered By Workers’ Compensation

Common Work Related Injuries

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 3 million US workers were injured in 2013.  Approximately 4,600 of these work related injuries resulted in death. Although the nature and extent of each work related injury sustained will vary depending upon the occupation and the specific facts of each case, work related injuries generally fall within the following categories:

Physical Injuries

A physical injury is considered any bodily injury. A physical injury may result from an accident at the office, or even while traveling for work.

Common physical injuries include:

  • Burns and injuries suffered from a fire or explosion
  • Spinal and brain injuries
  • Amputation
  • Sprains, Fractures, or Broken Bones
  • Internal or external chemical burns
  • Disfigurement and scarring
  • Eye injuries, blindness

Physical injuries are compensable under the South Carolina workers’ compensation act.

Repetitive Injury

A repetitive injury is the result of accumulated physical damage which occurs while performing your job. The injury results from continued wear and tear of engaging in the same motion, such as typing, lifting, or working on an assembly line, which causes physical trauma over time. If you feel that you have suffered a work related repetitive injury, you should reach out to a South Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorney and report it as soon as possible.

Common repetitive work related injuries include:

  • Back injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis and golf elbow
  • Ganglion cyst

Illness & Disease

An occupational disease is a disease acquired after exposure to a hazardous substance on the job.  Occupational illnesses include lung disease resulting from Asbestosis exposure or hazardous work-related materials, or a disease contracted from exposure working in a hospital.  Common workers’ compensation illnesses and diseases include:

  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Nuclear radiation exposure
  • Asbestos exposure and other job-related diseases

Hard-to-Prove Workplace Injuries

Although they can and do occur, some work related injuries are difficult to prove. Hard to prove workplace injuries can include:

  • Mental and emotional issues from extreme or unusual work conditions or an ongoing work injury.
  • Work-induced heart attacks
  • Work-related strokes
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)

Regardless of the nature of your work related injury, the Strom Law Firm is here to help.

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The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands the impact that a work related injury or death has upon you and your loved ones. The most important thing you need to focus on after a work related accident is a speedy recovery. You need an advocate who will seek justice on your behalf.

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