Types Of Workplace Injuries

Injuries that qualify for workers' compensation vary from a sudden workplace accident to injuries that are caused slowly over time from overuse. Some examples of injuries that our team of Vineland workers' compensation lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC, represents, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Amputation — The loss of a limb can come as the result of a devastating work accident such as a worker who became stuck in heavy machinery. This type of injury can seriously impact a person's ability to work and enjoy life.
  • Back and neck injuries — These types of injury are the most common amongst workers and typically involve damage to muscles, ligaments, nerves, discs and/or tendons. Examples include herniated discs, hernia injuries, bulging discs, back injuries and neck injuries , and whiplash.
  • Broken bones or orthopedic injuries — Broken bone or orthopedic injuries can be the result of a one-time traumatic event or can be developed over time from overuse. Injuries can include broken or fractured bones, damaged ligaments, inflamed cartilage, tendonitis, sprains or torn ligaments.
  • Burn injuries — Burn injuries at work can result from contact with an open flame, electrical burns, chemical burns and burns from hot steam and liquids. Electrical burns are some of the most damaging types of work injuries reported. Electrocution burn injuries can often fatally injure a worker.
  • Disfigurement and scars Scarring injuries and disfigurement can cause devastation to workers and their families long after a wound has healed. These injuries can come as a result of amputations , burns, chemical spills, construction accidents, electrocution, explosion, fires, motor vehicle accidents, and slip-and-fall accidents.
  • Elbow injuries — Injuries to the elbow often include damage to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Injuries include tendonitis, epicondylitis, tennis elbow, elbow strains, dislocation, ligament slips, arthritis, bursitis, infections and other elbow injuries.
  • Hand injuries — A work-related hand injury can occur as a result of an unguarded or improperly guarded piece of machinery and equipment, resulting in a serious hand injury or amputation for the worker.
  • Knee injuries Knee injuries are most often acquired through a traumatic twisting or fall event and include torn meniscus, torn or sprained medical collateral ligament, arthritis, worn cartilage, chondromalacia, and torn or sprained anterior cruciate ligament.
  • Neurological, brain and head injuries — Workplace injuries can lead to neurological or traumatic brain injuries (TBI) that leave permanent damage. Examples of such injuries include concussions, retrograde or anterograde amnesia, brain contusions, nerve damage, diffuse brain injuries, focal brain injuries and positive EMG results.
  • Obstructive lung disease — Employees who are exposed to airborne particles or harmful fumes such as exhaust, are prone to lung conditions such as cancer or obstructive lung disease.
  • Occupational diseases — Jobs from all types of fields are exposed to chemicals that come with long-term risks. Workers are at risk of an occupational illness when exposed to arsenic, asbestos, beryllium, glycol ethers, herbicides, manganese fumes, methylene chloride, mining byproducts, perchloroethylene, pesticides, radiation, solvents, toluene, trichloroethylene, welding rods, xylene and other chemicals.
  • Repetitive use injuries — A repetitive stress injury, or a repetitive use injury, is a condition that affects a worker's muscles tendons, nerves, or soft tissues in the body that develop over time from excessive forceful movements, poor posture, insufficient work breaks, extreme temperatures, heavy lifting, poorly designed equipment, or use of vibrating equipment. Examples include:
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Raynaud's syndrome
    • Trigger finger
    • Myositis
    • Tendonitis
    • Herniated discs
    • Ganglion cysts
    • Ulnar nerve compression
    • Bursitis
    • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Shoulder injuries — The damage to muscles, tendons, cartilage, and/or ligaments can be debilitating and lead to lost work and sometimes permanent disability. Injuries can include frozen shoulder, torn rotator cuff, tendon injuries, torn labrum, or musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Soft tissue injuries — When an employee undergoes a traumatic episode, or several, during their employment, the injuries they suffer are often described as soft tissue injuries. They can include ankle sprains, chondromalacia, torn ligaments, torn tendons, whiplash, wrist sprain, muscle strain, muscle tear and tendon injuries.
  • Strains and sprains — Both strains and sprains are typically caused by a sudden twist, a blow to the body, or an awkward movement of a joint. Injuries that can ensue include ankle sprain, back strain, chondromalacia, muscle strain, tendonitis and wrist sprain.
  • Traumatic and mental injuries Work injuries can be mental in nature, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a catastrophic event. Mental injuries can include symptoms such as chronic pain, depression, headaches, sleeplessness, panic attacks, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and other psychological effects that interfere with an ability to work.
  • Wrongful death — Workers lose their lives on the job or as a result of a work-related injury or disease at alarming rates. Spouses and dependents are entitled to weekly death benefits following the unfortunate loss.

Vineland Workers' Compensation Lawyers At Rone & Kowalski, LLC, Pursue Claims For A Variety Of Work Injuries

At Rone & Kowalski, LLC, our team of Vineland workers' compensation lawyers helps injured workers recover the damages they deserve. Contact us online or call 609-416-1453 today to find out how we can help at our Milmay, New Jersey, offices. We represent workers with injuries from Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista Township, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township and Cumberland County.