Are you suffering through constant or severe neck pain due to an incident at your job or repeated action at work?
Neck injuries are common among employees of nearly every profession and industry. While other types of injuries, such as strains, fracture, burns, and spinal cord injuries tend to be prevalent in one industry or another, neck pain affects employees across the board, and sometimes without an obvious rhyme or reason.
The Law Office of Albert J. Talone has represented individuals from many industries in seeking workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages due to a neck injury. New Jersey law clearly covers these injuries, but it can be difficult to convince employers and insurance companies that the pain resulted from work-related activity.
Describing the Pain of a Neck Injury
For those who suffer from a neck injury, the pain and effects are obvious. Neck pain limits mobility and restricts nearly every other movement or motion of the body. In the most serious cases, a neck injury can prevent an individual from sitting up properly, lifting his or her head, or walking. The most common manifestations of neck pain are:
- Repetitive strain
- Muscle spasms
- Neck strain or sprain
- Pinched nerve
- Whiplash or sudden movement
- Spinal cord injury, and
- Herniated disc.
Serious neck injuries may restrict range of motion and mean permanent restrictions for an employee. This can affect the individual’s earning potential for the duration of a career.
Who Is Likely to Have a Neck Injury
Even for stationary professions, such as accounting and office management, pain or injury to the neck can limit or prevent employees from working. These positions also seem unlikely to cause neck injuries, but employees in an office environment often develop neck pain. Here’s why.
Neck pain can develop from tension or stiffness in the shoulders as individuals sit at a computer or desk. When sitting in this same position, posture and tightness alone can result in neck pain. However, sudden movements are also more severe. Turning suddenly to look at a co-worker, straining to see a computer screen, or reaching for a manual on an upper shelf can all be the catalyst for neck pain.
Of course, neck pain is just as common, if not more so, in active industries and professions. The most common ways employees sustain neck injuries include:
- In an automobile accident for work-related travel
- Slip or fall at the workplace
- Falls from heights or distances
- Collision with an object or structure
- Repetitive strain in an uncomfortable or unnatural position, and
- Lifting, pushing, or pulling heavy or bulky loads or objects.
Legal Advice on Neck Injury
Convincing an employer or insurance provider that a neck injury occurred because of work-related activity can be an uphill battle. Luckily, you do not need to fight it alone. The Law Office of Albert J. Talone is a workers’ compensation firm in New Jersey that can assist you with any phase of the workers’ compensation process. Call us at (856)-234-4023.