If you have suffered a neck injury from a job-related accident or illness in Orlando or elsewhere in central Florida, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If a non-employer or non-co-worker caused the injury, you may also be able to pursue a personal injury claim.
The law office of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., understands the tremendous challenges that can be created by one of these injuries. We want to help.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation about your case. We can help you to understand your rights and explore the options available to you.
What are Neck Injuries?
Neck injuries are usually due to trauma (a sudden injury) or cumulative stress. They may involve strained muscles, worn joints or compressed nerves, such as those that occur with herniated discs. A neck injury might cause stiffness or a “kink” in the neck, moderate to severe pain, or, in the worst cases, paralysis.
Neck pain can spread to the shoulders, upper back and/or arms, and can cause headaches. You should seek prompt medical care for severe neck pain, pain accompanied by numbness or loss of strength in your arms or hands, or shooting pain into your shoulder or down your arm.
Why Do Neck Injuries Happen on the Job in Florida?
Neck injuries can happen to workers in Florida due to:
- Repeated strain on joint, muscles, tendons and ligaments
- Sudden trauma.
For instance, years of bending over to perform the duties of a job can lead to disabling neck pain. This could happen to a worker who inspects or repairs machinery. It may even happen to a worker who sits hunched over a computer throughout the day.
Falling, tripping or suffering a blow to the head or neck can cause a traumatic neck injury. Harm can also result from any twisting of the neck. For example, whiplash is a common neck injury that results from a sudden jerking motion that extends the neck until it suddenly snaps back into position.
Who Is at Risk of Neck Injuries at Work?
Anyone can suffer a neck injury while at work. Examples include:
- A construction worker who falls while on a ladder or scaffolding
- A librarian who slips from a stool while shelving a book
- Forklift operators, delivery men or bus drivers who are involved in a crash
- An electrician who suffers a sudden jolt from an electrical shock
- A factory worker who trips over a piece of equipment.
Awkward neck postures can lead to neck strains and muscle stiffness as well. Workers who constantly tilt their head downward or upward as part of their job can experience a cumulative neck strain injury as a result.
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Neck Injury?
Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits in Florida can be more complicated than it should be. Many initial workers’ comp claims are rejected simply because a worker failed to provide required information or missed a deadline.
A workers’ compensation attorney who is experienced with Florida cases can help ensure your claim application is complete, accurate and timely. We can also assist if your claim is rejected.
Even once you obtain the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, you may have a right to seek compensation from a party who is responsible for your neck injury. These are called “third-party claims.” They require a thorough investigation and could lead to intense litigation.
Allow Frank M. Eidson, P.A., to put more than 25 years of experience with handling job-related injury claims to work for you. Get in touch with us today and get started with a free case review.
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