Do you experience pain in your neck, shoulders, or lower back due to a repeated activity in the workplace?
It is incredibly common for employees to develop aches, pains, and worse from the physical labor of an occupation or job. There are some jobs that obviously require a high level of physical fitness and carry the risk of wear and tear injury if an individual is not prepared for this demanding work. Construction workers, personal trainers, athletes, or delivery personnel and movers would fall into this category.
A number of other occupations are unexpectedly demanding, such as nurses, food and beverage providers, mechanics, machine operators, and gardeners may all fall in this other category. Each of these occupations involves a differing level of stamina, torso and abdominal strength, arm and length strength, and endurance. As any of these workers perform the same tasks over and over the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones can weaken and wear. This is exactly how wear and tear injuries develop.
Common Wear and Tear Injuries
Wear and tear injuries can affect different parts of the body. In fact, in New Jersey workers’ compensation claims have been filed for a wide variety of injuries that all stem from the physical toll a specific job takes on the body. Some of the most common wear and tear injuries in the United States are:
- Operated and unoperated disc problems and abnormalities
- Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger fingers
- Hearing loss
- Meniscal lesions
- Labral issues in the shoulder
- Degenerative bone disorders, and
Injuries Developing Over Time
It can be difficult, if not impossible, for an employee to connect the development of a wear and tear injury to a specific injury or event. These injuries, by their very nature, develop over a period of time. For some employees, the symptoms of wear and tear injuries may manifest in a matter of months, but other employees can spend a decade at a job before any aches, pains or serious health condition develops.
Yet, even in these instances proving the casual connection between the injury and a work-related activity is essential for a workers’ compensation claim in New Jersey. Therefore, evidence from medical records, experts, and from the workplace is needed to make a claim. Collecting this evidence is most efficient and thorough when aided by an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.
Even when an employee is certain that a wear and tear injury developed from a work activity, going through the insurance provider to obtain workers’ compensation can be an uphill battle.
Reaching Out to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
When faced with a staunch refusal by an employer or insurance company to provide workers’ compensation benefits, an employee with a wear and tear injury needs to speak with a lawyer. In New Jersey, Albert J. Talone, Esq. has been handling these cases for years. Our past experience is for your benefit, as you seek to maximize recovery and settlement for your medical costs and time off work from these frustrating injuries.
Call The Law Office of Albert J. Talone, LLC at (856) 234-4023.