A hip injury can make it difficult or impossible for many workers to continue to perform their job duties. If your hip injury arose from an accident on the job or work conditions over a long period of time, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
The Orlando law firm of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., is available to help you.
What are Hip Injuries?
When we think of hip injuries, we usually think of hip fractures. These are serious injuries that can lead to long-term disability. But other common hip injuries include:
- Hip dislocation – When the upper end of the thigh bone (femur) is forced from its normal position
- Labral tear – When the ring of soft elastic tissue (labrum) that follows the outside rim of the hip joint socket suffers damage
- Sprains and strains – Stretching or tearing of ligaments, muscles and tendons
- Tendinitis – Inflammation or irritation of a tendon, which causes pain and tenderness just outside the hip joint.
Why Do Hip Injuries Happen on the Job in Florida?
Overexertion injuries from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and/or throwing are the most common non-fatal serious injuries suffered in the U.S. workplace.
Workers who use the weight of their body to push and pull heavy objects or otherwise place constant stress on their hips are subject to overexertion injuries that can cause hip sprains and strains, labral tears or tendinitis.
More often, a work-related hip injury is suffered in a fall or by being hit by or against something, such as in a truck or forklift accident. For instance, a recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration accident report describes how a health technician who was carrying a vacuum cleaner to clean the floor of the emergency room slipped, fell and suffered a fractured hip.
Who Is at Risk of Hip Injuries at Work?
More than 95 percent of hip fractures are caused by falling, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. Older workers tend to be more at risk of hip fractures in the workplace. Falls, which can also cause hip dislocations, rank among the most common causes of injury to workers of any age in any kind of workplace.
Workers like plumbers, HVAC technicians, mechanics and others whose job duties require them to repeatedly contort their hips in awkward positions can suffer the wear and tear that leads to cumulative injuries.
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Hip Injury?
One potential problem with a hip injury claim is that some degeneration of the hips occurs naturally as we age. So, an employer and/or workers’ compensation insurer may argue that a hip injury you have suffered has no connection to your job.
An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer from Frank M. Eidson, P.A., will know how to help you prove cause-and-effect between your job duties and your hip injury. We can seek the full amount of benefits you deserve and pursue any other relief available to you.
Get started by calling us today and scheduling a free consultation.
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