Back injuries are a major workplace safety challenge. Many workers experience back injuries every year, and back injuries account for thousands of workplace injuries.
Neck injuries can also cause serious problems. Symptoms can include neck pain, neck stiffness, weakness on one or both sides of the body, difficulty walking, holding the head up securely, feeling like "my head is going to slip off", shock, headache, numbness or tingling in various parts of the body. If you experience any of these symptoms as a result of your job duties, you should contact us immediately to see if you have a potential workers' compensation or potential disability claim if you are precluded from working altogether.
Shoulder injuries resulting from a job-related activity can be covered by workers' compensation. The shoulder has the best range of motion of any of the body's joints. Our shoulders allow us to put our hands where they need to be for work, play and our daily activities. To perform properly, the shoulder must have the right balance of strength, flexibility and stability. Loss of this balance can lead to pain and injury.
Carpal tunnel injuries: The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerve and tendons. Sometimes thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed.
What causes the problem? Some people have smaller carpal tunnels than other people do. Other causes include performing assembly line work, wrist injury or swelling due to certain diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Women are three times more likely to have carpal tunnel syndrome than men. Treatment includes resting your hand, splints, pain and anti-inflammatory medicines and surgery.
Symptoms you may experience are tingling; numbness; weakness; pain in your hand, except for the little finger; shooting pain from your hand up your arm to your shoulder and a swollen feeling in your fingers.
You may also notice symptoms are worse at night and early in the morning, your hands feel stiff in the morning and you have trouble grasping objects.
In order for a carpal tunnel claim to be accepted as an on-the-job injury in the State of Washington, it must be proven that the particular conditions of our employment are the cause of the condition. Once this is proven, you will have a claim for an occupational disease.
Nearly every individual hired in Washington or working in Washington is covered by Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Generally, any injury or illness that is job related is covered.
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There are certain types of injuries that are common in Workers' Compensation cases, such as:
Carpal Tunnel Injuries