Each year, many workers in the United States become victims of workplace accidents. The reasons for workplace accidents vary widely, but one common type of workplace injury results from overexertion. In 2015, overexertion injured approximately 356,910 workers and, in some cases, devastated the livelihoods of the victims and their families. If you or someone you know has been injured on the job as a result of overexertion, contact Colombo Law today. Our experienced attorneys will be happy to meet with you to to schedule a risk-free consultation.
Understanding Overexertion Injuries
There are many reasons for overexertion injuries, which include:
- Lifting, pulling, and carrying heavy items. Most job descriptions require individuals to carry up to 50 pounds. However, employers frequently require employees to lift heavy objects that exceed 50 pounds, which can lead to workplace injuries.
- Repetitive Movements such as bending or twisting. In many cases, repetitive motions cause injuries when physical labor is involved as many workers display poor technique and are not properly trained to perform the activity.
- Overreaching. In some instances, facilities lack the proper equipment for workers to complete on the job requirements, causing employees to become injured while reaching for a particular item.
Injuries Associated with Overexertion
Overexertion injuries often include sprains and strains. Some other injuries include damage to your muscles, tendons, or ligaments. The body parts that overexertion injuries may damage include:
Overexertion injuries may be difficult to pinpoint. The best way to determine your injuries is to seek advice from a medical professional.
What to Do if Injured on the Job
If you have been injured on the job, it is important that the incident and your injuries are well documented. You or your loved one should be sure to notify your employer as soon as the injury occurs. Be sure to follow any established policies or protocols which indicated how injuries should be reported.
It is important to seek prompt medical treatment that will help identify and treat your injuries. Follow any recommended treatment plan to prevent any further injuries. You should also avoid any strenuous activity to avoid further injury.
Speak with an Experienced Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident or incident while on the job in West Virginia, contact an attorney at Colombo Law for legal assistance. Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you are unsure of whether you have a personal injury claim or how to proceed with obtaining monetary compensation, let one of our attorneys take the stress away from you. Contact one of our attorneys today.