Neck pain can start for all kinds of reasons, but job-related neck pain is increasingly common among workers who suffer through grueling days hunched over their computer screens and those who spend a lot of time lifting, carrying or pulling objects for their jobs.
Know that you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits to receive treatment for either a chronic or sudden-onset neck condition if it’s job-related.
What are the symptoms of a neck injury?
Individuals with sudden-onset neck injuries often experience headaches, dizziness, stiffness and a sharply limited range of movement. Numbness and tingling radiating into an individual’s shoulders, arms and even as far down as their legs may accompany these symptoms.
A worker may suffer a repetitive strain injury if they sit or crouch in an awkward position for too long, maintain poor posture or engage in certain physical activities. Workers must also worry about pinched nerves. These can cause sharp, shooting pain in someone’s neck and arms or affect their ability to use their hands properly.
Vertebral disk damage can result from heavy lifting. It can leave workers with lingering pain that travels from their neck down into their legs. A profound condition is a vertebral fracture. It can cause impingement on a worker’s spinal cord, leading to paralysis or even death if the employee doesn’t receive immediate medical treatment.
What can you do if you suffer a neck injury on the job?
At the very least, neck injuries can leave you with a loss of function or chronic pain. It can make going about your everyday life challenging. You should seek out medical treatment for your job-related injuries. An attorney can advise you how your employer’s workers’ compensation benefits may cover more than just your medical treatment depending on the nature of your case.
Employers don’t always readily offer up workers’ compensation. You need an advocate who will fight for what you deserve. Steven Morgan is an attorney right here in Brunswick, Georgia, and he believes in aggressive representation for all his clients. Give our office a call at 912-289-0640 or contact us for guidance in your case.