Understanding Musculoskeletal Injuries at Work and Your Rights

At Vargas Guerra, LLP, we understand that musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace can be both debilitating and complex. These injuries, affecting muscles, bones, and joints, are often the result of repetitive tasks, overexertion, or workplace accidents. This guide aims to provide essential information about musculoskeletal injuries and the legal avenues available for employees who suffer from these conditions due to their work environment.

Common Types of Musculoskeletal Injuries

  • Strains and Sprains: Injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments often caused by lifting, pulling, or twisting.
  • Back Injuries: Including herniated discs and lower back strains due to heavy lifting or prolonged sitting.
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs): Caused by repetitive motions, leading to conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome or tendonitis.
  • Joint Injuries: Including knee and shoulder injuries resulting from physical labor or accidents.

Causes in the Workplace

  • Repetitive Motion: Performing the same motion repeatedly without adequate rest or ergonomic support.
  • Poor Posture or Ergonomics: Inadequate workstation design leading to strain on the body.
  • Manual Labor: Heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling without proper techniques or equipment.
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls: Leading to acute injuries to bones, joints, and muscles.

Your Legal Rights and Options

  • Workers’ Compensation: Most employees are eligible for workers' compensation for work-related musculoskeletal injuries. This can cover medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and lost wages.
  • Employer Negligence Claims: If your injury is due to your employer's failure to provide a safe working environment, you might have a claim for additional compensation.
  • Reasonable Accommodations: Under certain laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to continue working.

Steps to Take After an Injury

  1. Immediate Medical Attention: Seek prompt medical care to diagnose and treat your injury.
  2. Report the Injury: Notify your employer as soon as possible.
  3. Document Everything: Keep detailed records of your injury, medical treatment, and how the injury impacts your daily life.
  4. Understand Your Workers’ Compensation Rights: Familiarize yourself with your employer's workers' compensation process.

How Vargas Guerra, LLP Can Assist

If you’re suffering from a musculoskeletal injury due to your work conditions, Vargas Guerra, LLP can provide the legal support you need. Our services include:

  • Navigating Workers’ Compensation Claims: Assisting with filing claims and ensuring you receive the benefits you’re entitled to.
  • Pursuing Additional Legal Claims: If there is potential employer negligence or third-party liability.
  • Advocacy and Representation: Providing robust legal representation to protect your rights and interests.

Contact Us for Expert Legal Support

Musculoskeletal injuries can have a lasting impact on your quality of life and ability to work. If you are facing such an injury, contact Vargas Guerra, LLP for comprehensive legal assistance.