No matter your profession, work can take a toll on your body, sometimes leading to injury. Sadly, injuries at work happen every day in every profession, and they often necessitate worker’s compensation claims. Here are a few of the most common workplace injuries that are the basis of these claims:
1. Back Injuries
Lifting, bending, and falling are all common ways to cause back injury. Unfortunately, any worker can find himself in a situation that can lead to back injuries; something as simple as climbing up a flight of stairs can become dangerous if the floor is wet or greasy, for example.
2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Workers who spend a lot of time typing or performing other small, repetitive motions with their hands may experience carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition is caused by compression of the nerves in the wrist and can lead to numbness, tingling, and weakness in the hands.
3. Chemical Exposure
Prolonged exposure to hazardous chemicals and mold can cause severe respiratory illness, neurological issues, or even cancer, depending on the substance in question. These conditions may not manifest until years after the exposure.
4. Shoulder and Knee Injuries
Over a period of time, lifting and squatting can take a toll on the tendons in your shoulders and knees, leading to pain and loss of range of motion. These injuries can often be treated, but they may never be cured. The sufferer may never be able to return to his previous duties.
Injuries at work can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering as well as a loss of employment. If you’ve suffered an injury at work, call the Santilli Law Group today for help filing a worker’s compensation claim. Illinois’ worker’s compensation system is undergoing substantial reforms, and regulations affecting your claim may have changed. Don’t try to navigate this system on your own. Call our office in Chicago at (312) 854-0943.
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