Types of Work Injuries in Virginia
Work can be a dangerous place, even if you spend most of your time in an office building. Whether you work in a manufacturing plant, a distribution warehouse, on a construction site, driving a tractor-trailer, or in an office cubicle, you are at risk of suffering serious injuries while on the job.
Each year thousands of workers in Virginia get hurt on the job and file a claim for workers compensation. Other injured workers are diagnosed with occupational diseases and illnesses caused by their employment.
An injury at work can result in significant physical, financial, and emotional problems. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may be receiving considerable medical bills and may require a long period away from work. In fact, you may even be incapable of returning to your pre-injury employment. No matter how large or small, if an on-the-job injury has impacted your ability to live and work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Richmond worker injury attorney Corey Pollard is dedicated to providing high-quality legal representation to injured workers throughout Virginia. We’ll help you navigate the workers comp process to obtain the full workers compensation benefits and workman’s comp settlement you need and deserve.
Handling All Types of Virginia Work Injury Claims
Having served hundreds of injured Virginia workers, Corey Pollard has experience handling claims involving all types of worker injuries, from traumatic brain injury and paralysis cases arising from a fall from a ladder, to cases involving denied benefits for aggravation of a pre-existing condition after lifting a heavy object.
Some of the Virginia work injury cases we handle include:
Aggravation of Arthritis or a Pre-Existing Condition
In Virginia your employer and its insurance carrier are responsible for the payment of workers’ compensation benefits if your work injury aggravates, exacerbates, or accelerates your arthritis or other pre-existing condition.
In one case we obtained an open award of temporary total disability benefits and lifetime medical care after a workers’ compensation hearing for a worker who hurt his back while lifting a 50 pound item, even though he had undergone three back surgeries before the accident.
Amputation and Loss of Limb
An industrial accident or motor vehicle crash causing amputation and a loss of limb can have a permanent impact on your ability to work and your quality of life. We have handled amputation cases where an employee’s arm, leg, toe, finger, foot, or hand became stuck in a machine or between two large objects or was crushed by a heavy object.
Though amputation injuries can happen in any type of workplace, construction workers, factory workers, and industrial workers are often the victims.
In addition to pain and permanent restrictions, amputation injuries can result in high medical bills. In a recent case our client received more than $1 million in medical care due to the loss of an arm.
Ankle and Foot Injuries
Nurses, construction workers, and anyone who has to walk any distance at all at work are at risk of suffering foot and ankle injuries on the job. A sprain, strain, or fracture of your foot and ankle can limit you to sedentary work for the rest of your career.
Back, Neck, and Spinal Cord Injuries
Back and neck injuries are common in jobs that involve manual labor or driving. They can range from minor strains to serious spinal cord injuries requiring multiple surgeries. And even surgery cannot relieve the pain, numbness, and restrictions that often result from back and neck injuries.
Common neck and back injuries in workers comp claims include:
- Fractured Vertebra. A fractured or broken vertebrae can cause excruciating pain that results in permanent problems.
- Herniated Discs. A herniated disc, also called a bulging disc, may leak fluid and cause symptoms. A herniated disc may require surgery, which will put you out of work for an extended period.
- Spinal Cord Injuries. A damaged spinal cord is a serious injury that can result in paralysis, loss of control over bladder and bowel functions, pain, and numbness and tingling that affects your ability to make a living.
- Aggravation or acceleration of degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine or cervical spine.
We’ve obtained many six-figure settlements for injured employees who have suffered back and neck injuries at work.
Bone, Muscle, and Joint Injuries
Fractured bones, pulled muscles, and joint injuries -strains, sprains, and soreness – are common work injuries in Virginia. And depending on how the injury was sustained, you may be eligible for workers comp benefits.
Explosions, fires, and exposure to toxic chemicals can cause burns. A burn can cause damage to the muscle and bone that results in pain and a limited ability to use the affected body part. Burns can also cause disfiguring scars that require multiple skin grafts.
If a burn causes disfigurement and scarring you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits under Virginia workers compensation. We can help you get all compensation and medical care you deserve for your workplace burn injuries.
Police, firefighters, and EMTS are entitled to the workers’ compensation cancer presumption for certain types of the disease. This means that the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission will presume that your cancer was caused by your employment unless the employer and its insurance company offer evidence to the contrary.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Carpal tunnel syndrome, also called median nerve compression, causes weakness, numbness, and tingling in the hand, wrist, and forearm due to a pinched nerve.
You may develop carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive hand use over time but it is sometimes caused by a sudden accident that causes damage to the nerve. This is why many carpal tunnel cases are filed under both an injury by accident and an occupational disease theory in Virginia workers’ comp claims.
Eye Injuries and Vision Loss
Each year hundreds of thousands of workers sustain eye injuries on the job across America. Electricians, construction workers, and laborers commonly report eye injuries caused by foreign objects such as metal, wood, or glass. We have also handled cases involving eye injuries suffered by mechanics, office workers, and delivery truck drivers when glass objects fell from overhead and shattered.
In 2017 we settled many eye injury cases, including one for more than $100,000 in cash, benefits, and medical care.
You are entitled to workers’ compensation for your eye injury on the job.
Hand and Wrist Injuries
Many of you work in jobs that require the use of your hands, arms, and wrists to lift, push, pull, carry, and climb. Some of you even have to use your hands and wrists to operate power tools and machinery. If you hurt your hand or wrist on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ comp in Virginia.
Head injuries can range from a minor bruise or cut to a concussion, traumatic brain injury, or skull fracture. Falls from heights, falling objects, and slip and fall accidents are common causes of head injuries at construction sites, warehouses, factories, and other work environments. Head injuries can result in permanent brain damage that impacts your ability to think, speak, move, and function independently.
Common types of head injuries suffered in workplace accidents include:
- Concussion: A sudden blow to the head, either from a car accident, assault, falling object, or a fall, can cause a concussion. Though many concussions cause only temporary impairment, some result in postconcussive syndrome that can lifelong symptoms.
- Facial Laceration: Though it won’t impact your cognitive function, a facial laceration can be painful and cause a scar that requires plastic surgery to repair.
- Skull and Facial Fracture: Your facial bones or skull may break when they strike an object. This can lead to swelling, bruising, vision problems, disfigurement, and even brain damage.
- Traumatic Brain Injury: Like head injuries, traumatic brain injuries can range in severity. Minor brain injuries may resolve after a few days or weeks but make you more susceptible to future damage. Serious traumatic brain injuries may require lengthy therapy and cause permanent problems with your attention, balance, coordination, and memory that prevent you from returning to full time employment.
Does your workplace environment expose you to loud machinery? Do you often use powerful tools at work? Then your job may be responsible for your hearing loss and you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits.
Heart Attacks & Strokes
Obtaining workers comp benefits for a heart attack or stroke is difficult unless you are a police officer, firefighter, or emergency responder. If you are, then you are entitled to the heart disease presumption under the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act. This presumption recognizes that police, firefighters, and EMTs have an increased risk of heart disease due to work-related stress.
Those of you who are not emergency responders may still be entitled to workers’ comp benefits for a heart attack or stroke if it was caused by a sudden accident such as electric shock or a motor vehicle crash.
Knee injuries are some of the most common job injuries we handle, especially for individuals who work in construction, factories, and nursing. Heavy lifting, falls, transferring patients, or simply striking your knee on an object are common scenarios in which workers sustain a knee injury.
You may be entitled to workers compensation benefits if you suffer a knee bruise, fractured patella, ACL tear, MCL tear, or an aggravation of your preexisting knee arthritis.
Lung Injuries and Respiratory Disorders
If your job exposes you to chemicals, substances, fumes, and other pulmonary irritants then you may be entitled to workers compensation for asthma, COPD, and other lung injuries.
Police, firefighters, and emergency responders are entitled to the lung disease presumption. If you work in one of these occupations an are diagnosed with a lung disease, the Commission will presume that your lung disease and lung injury are related to your employment.
MRSA, short for Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureas, is a bacteria that causes infections in humans.
Health care providers, such as home health attendants, nurses, doctors, and caregivers are at risk of contracting MRSA and other infections in their line of work.
Injured workers whose injuries require hospitalization and surgery also have an increased risk of contracting MRSA.
Nerve and Tendon Injuries
Many workers suffer an injury to a nerve or tendon while performing job-related tasks. You may be entitled to benefits if you tear a tendon or suffer nerve damage while doing your job.
Paralysis, Paraplegia, and Quadriplegia Injuries
Catastrophic injuries at work can cause paralysis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. If this happens you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits, including permanent total disability benefits that will continue for the rest of your life.
The pain and limitations that a physical work injury cause can lead to depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders. If this happens to you, or if your work injury worsens a preexisting psychiatric condition, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
You may also be entitled to workers comp for psychological injuries even if you do not have a physical injury. If a workplace accident causes an “obvious sudden shock or fright” then your psychological injury may be covered.
Repetitive Trauma and Overuse Injuries
Many of you work in jobs that require repeated movements. This repetitive trauma and overuse can lead to damage to your muscles, nerves, tendons, and ligaments. Common repetitive stress injuries include bursitis, tendonitis, and bursitis.
Claims based on repetitive trauma require extensive medical evidence to meet a higher burden of proof.
Shoulder injuries can happen during a single work accident or can develop over time as you use your arms to reach, lift, grab, and carry.
We’ve obtained benefits and settlements for workers that have suffered rotator cuff injuries, shoulder bursitis, and dislocated shoulders.
If you hurt your shoulder on the job, seek medical attention immediately then contact an attorney to discuss your workers compensation eligibility.
Call Us for Compassionate and Knowledgeable Representation from a Workers Compensation Attorney Helping Injured Virginians
Under Virginia law employees who are hurt on the job are entitled to workers compensation benefits to cover their medical care and other costs related to their injury, including wage loss.
Depending on the severity of your injury you may also be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits if you’re unable to return to work.
Additionally, our law firm offers advice and guidance to the family members of individuals who have lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident.
When you contact workers compensation attorney Corey Pollard following an on the job injury you can count on expert legal advice, compassion, and quality service. One of the best workers compensation lawyers in Virginia is dedicated to helping you get every benefit, medical treatment, and penny you’re owed. Call, email, or text us for a free consultation.