Due to precautions related to COVID-19, we have expanded our options for remote consultations. Please contact our office to discuss whether a full phone consultation or video conference is appropriate for your situation.

How work-related injuries can worsen over time

On Behalf of | Jun 17, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Over 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries occurred in the United States in 2022 alone, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many of these injuries may seem minor at first, but a great deal of them can turn into debilitating conditions with severe long-term consequences. This insidious deterioration can even lead to a range of legal implications, from workers’ compensation claims to potential lawsuits.

Common progressive injuries

What may start as a mild ache or discomfort can gradually escalate into chronic pain, permanent disability or an inability to work, if you leave it untreated or have it improperly managed. Some common examples include:

  • Sprains and strains: Workers who often perform physical labor, including nurses, construction workers and warehouse workers, have to lift, bend or twist on a daily basis. This increases their risk of overstretching or tearing their muscles or ligaments.
  • Repetitive strain injuries: These injuries are quite common among office workers, factory workers and anyone who performs the same tasks repeatedly.
  • Lung diseases: If you work in construction, mining or manufacturing, you are more likely to face risks related to lung diseases. Conditions such as asbestosis, silicosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can develop slowly over time. This gradual onset often makes them challenging to diagnose and treat.

What you can do to protect yourself

First and foremost, it is essential to report any injury to your employer as soon as it happens, no matter how minor. This ensures proper documentation and timely medical care. If you experience pain or discomfort, seek medical attention right away to prevent injuries from worsening. Adhere to your workplace’s safety guidelines and use protective equipment as required.

Lastly, educate yourself about your rights under Kentucky’s workers’ compensation system. Knowing your options can make a significant difference in how you handle work-related injuries. Enlisting the help of an experienced workers’ comp attorney can also help you secure the support and benefits you deserve.