Our Columbus Job Injury Attorneys Break Down Workplace Accident Injuries
If you suffer a workplace injury you may have a workers’ compensation claim. There are two types of injuries that may be covered: (1) physical, and (2) psychological. The Columbus job injury attorneys at Malek & Malek Law Firm specialize in representing folks for their workplace injury.
The Columbus job injury attorneys at Malek Law Firm can help you file a workers’ compensation claim after an accident that happened at your workplace that resulted in the following types of injuries:
- Back sprains, muscle tears, and hernias from heavy lifting
- Herniated discs including lumbar and neck conditions requiring surgery
- Occupational diseases caused by exposure to dangerous substances such as chemicals or unsanitary or otherwise environments
- Head injuries caused either by falling objects in a work environment or by falling off ladders and other heights
- Shoulder damage including rotator cuff tears and slap tears requiring surgery
- Knee injuries including meniscal tears and osteoarthritis
While the list above is a good starting point, the bottom line is that almost any injury suffered while on the job will likely qualify for benefits under Ohio’s workers’ compensation system. Contact an attorney to share the details of your injury and determine if you have a potential claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
About Repetitive Motion Injuries
Many workplace injuries are the result of performing the same tasks over and over again. Some of the common repetitive motion injuries that workers suffer include:
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Deteriorating vision
- Degenerating spinal discs
Any motion or activity performed over months and years can lead to a strain on the joints, tendons, and ligaments and leave you unable to work. Repetitive motion injuries are prevalent among both manual laborers as well as office employees.
For a claim to be allowed for a repetitive motion injury, the activity that lead to the injury must be the type of activity that is performed by the general population. For example, carpal tunnel syndrome is routinely the result of typing on a keyboard. Unfortunately the BWC considers excessive typing something that everyone does, therefore a carpal tunnel syndrome injury due to excessive typing will not be allowed by the BWC. Now, carpal tunnel syndrome caused by using a grinder may be allowed. Point is, repetitive motion injuries are both heavily dependent upon both facts and the medical opinion of the treating medical provider.
As with any workplace injury, it is important that your medical records show a connection between your injury or condition and your employment duties. Experienced Columbus job injury attorneys can request and organize the medical documentation you need in order to pursue a successful workers’ compensation claim.
Psychological Conditions Covered by Ohio Workers’ Comp
The injuries sustained at work that entitle you to workers’ compensation don’t have to be purely physical. Emotional and psychological damage can be the basis of a claim for workers’ compensation if it is the result of not being able to work anymore.
For instance an active, vibrant person can be greatly affected when his or her mobility is impaired by a work injury. Whereas before the injured worker could dance, hike in the woods, or walk the family dog, now those things are not possible, and this inability can have a profound negative effect on that workers’ psychological state.
These psychological damages are real, and just like physical impairments, they impact your life each and every day, which is why it is important to seek workers’ compensation for a psychological condition resulting from a workplace injury. Our Columbus job injury attorneys treat claims of psychological damage the same as claims for physical injuries.
Loss Of Use Injuries Explained by Our Columbus Job Injury Attorneys
Loss of use is a term referring to a part of the body that can no longer be used as the result of an injury occurring in the workplace. The amount of workers’ compensation you are entitled to is heavily influenced by both the severity of this loss of use and by the body part or area that has been affected. It is important to understand and consider this term and its impact in workers’ compensation lawsuits so that you can be better prepared when seeking workers’ compensation for any injuries that have occurred.
However, if you cannot determine loss of use on your own, one of our Columbus on the job injury attorneys can work with you to find ways to determine proper loss of use. As any attorney will tell you, demonstrating loss of use is an essential part of winning your workers compensation case. The Malek Law Firm can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take if You Have Suffered a Workplace Injury in Ohio
Many workers who are injured on the job, including truckers, healthcare workers and first responders, fail to take action because they assume their injury isn’t that serious or they will be fine after a couple days of rest. Unfortunately, failing to take action can jeopardize your claim in the event you need to pursue workers’ compensation. As a result, it’s important to take the following steps if you have been injured at work:
- Report your injury to a supervisor as soon as possible. Even if your co-workers are aware that you were injured at work, it is imperative to ensure management is aware of the accident. Ideally, you should make your report in writing. You should provide as much detail as possible, explaining what happened and outlining the resulting injuries.
- Follow Your Employer’s Instructions. If they ask you to fill out forms related to your injury, you should complete them thoroughly and return them promptly.
- Get a thorough medical examination. Your employer may direct you to a specific medical provider for an examination, in which case you should schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Of course, you can choose your own doctor, but do not delay.
- Follow the doctor’s orders. Many people jeopardize their workers’ compensation claims by failing to follow the doctor’s instructions to the letter. You should stay in bed if your doctor has ordered bed rest. If you are unsure as to what activities are permitted, ask your doctor specifically about what you can and cannot do.
- File a workers’ compensation claim. If your injury will prevent you from returning to work for an extended period of time, you should file your workers’ compensation claim with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) as soon as possible. The sooner you file your claim, the sooner you can begin receiving benefits.
- Consult with a Columbus job injury lawyer. Even though you are not required to hire a lawyer, our team has extensive experience providing guidance to injured workers. If you are unsure whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation or don’t understand your rights, our workers’ comp law firm can help you understand your options.
Our Columbus Job Injury Law Firm Fight for You
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to fight for workers’ compensation from your employer. Your employer would give you workers’ compensation without questioning you and making you jump through needless legal hoops to get the workers’ compensation you know you deserve. In a perfect world, you would simply get what you’re entitled to.
Unfortunately, none of us live in that world. We live in a world where it takes expert legal counsel to go head-to-head with employers and fight for not just your workers’ compensation but also for your dignity, your honor, and your peace of mind. The Columbus job injury attorneys at Malek & Malek are ready to lead that fight.
Get Your Life Back, Contact Our Columbus Job Injury Attorneys for a Free Consult
No matter what kind of injury you have sustained at the workplace (physical or mental), the Columbus job injury attorneys at Malek Law Firm are here to represent you and get you the workers’ compensation that you are entitled to. Call 888-444-7440 or email us to schedule a free consultation and begin the fight to get your life back.