Injuries From Overused Muscles And Repetitive Tasks And Stress Aren’t Always Visible, But Can Lead To Long-Term Disabilities
Injuries to the back, brain, neck, wrist (carpal tunnel) and soft tissue injuries that damage muscles, ligaments, and tendons can be invisible to you and your employer until these injuries manifest into long-term disabilities. At Lomurro Law, our experienced New Jersey workers’ compensation attorneys help identify invisible workplace accidents and guide you through the maze of workers’ compensation laws to obtain medical benefits and compensation for on-the-job injuries. If you suffer body pains while working, consult with your physician and seek legal advice to protect your rights to workers’ compensation.
What Causes Soft Tissue Pain?
Soft tissue injuries are common types of harm covered by workers’ compensation. Soft tissue harm results from trauma, stress, or overuse of muscles, tendons, and ligaments and include:
- Neck and back strains and sprains
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Repetitive motion injuries
Soft tissue injuries also occur with sudden uncontrolled movements, such as missing a step in a staircase or Whiplash in a car crash. If the causes of tissue pain are left unchecked, and the pain is left untreated, joints can become severe and painful to move.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the nerve that runs from the forearm to the palm is compressed or squeezed at the wrist. The Carpal Tunnel is a conduit of ligament and bones that contains the median nerve and tendons that bend the fingers. The median nerve controls small muscles in the thumb and gives feeling to the palm side of the thumb and index, middle and ring fingers. When tendons in the Carpal Tunnel are irritated and expand, the tunnel narrows compressing the median nerve. The compressed nerve can cause burning, tingling, or numbness in the palm and fingers. If left untreated, CTS can result in declining grip strength, deterioration of thumb muscles, and the inability to distinguish hot and cold temperatures by touch.
What Can I Do If My Employer Will Not Report My Injury To Its Workers’ Compensation Insurance Carrier?
File a claim with the division of workers’ compensation. You can file a formal claim petition or an application for an informal hearing. You must submit a formal claim petition within two years of the date of injury. After filing, a workers’ compensation judge in the district office in the county you reside in is assigned to your case. Issues will include whether the injury or illness is work-related, the extent of medical treatment required, and the payment of temporary disability benefits. An insurance carrier will usually represent the covered employer. Although it’s not required, we recommend you retain a skillful workers’ compensation attorney from Lomurro Law to handle your claim and fight for the compensation you deserve for your on-the-job injuries.
Choose Leading New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Lawyers To Handle Your Claim Petition With Know-How And Skill
If you are injured on the job, and your employer or its insurance company disputes your workers’ compensation benefits, speak with a knowledgeable lawyer right away. At Lomurro Law, our New Jersey workers’ comp attorneys fully understand the ins and outs of New Jersey workers’ compensation law. Contact us online or call us at 732-482-9285 to schedule a meeting today.