Injuring your shoulder, knee, or other joint at work can be painful and render you unable to do your job. Extensive work absences can cause financial troubles that affect your entire family. Actions such as twisting, straining, overexertion, falls and repetitive motion are some of the many ways that shoulder, knee and joint injuries can happen at work.
If you have injured your shoulder, knee, or other joint while on the job, it is critical to get medical treatment immediately. Our experienced workers’ compensation and workplace injury attorneys can help you find the best local treatment facilities. Let us help you through this challenging time.
Types of Joint Injuries on the Job in New York
Our New York joint injury attorneys are skilled at representing clients facing a variety of shoulder, knee, elbow, hip, and other joint injuries. Common on-the-job joint injuries that we see include:
- Shoulder Dislocations
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Knee Dislocations
- Torn ACLs, MCLs and other knee ligaments
- Elbow Dislocations
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Hip Dislocations
- Joint Sprains and Strains
These types of workplace joint injuries can be minor or severe. For minor joint injuries, treatment can include application of ice, anti-inflammatory pain relievers and elevation of the injury. More severe joint injuries can require surgery and long-term physical therapy or rehabilitation.
Workplace Joint Injury Causes in New York
It’s possible to be injured in just about any industry today. Knee and hip dislocations can occur on a slippery bathroom floor at any job you might hold. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has identified seven broad categories of causes, listed in the order of most frequency:
1. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals
2. Transportation incidents
3. Fires and explosions
4. Falls, slips, and trips
5. Exposure to harmful substances or environments
6. Contact with objects and equipment
7. Overexertion and bodily reaction
The BLS reported that in 2013, the non-fatal injury rate in New York was 2.4 for every 100 workers.
Construction workers have some of the highest incidents of on-the-job injuries of all industries. OSHA has also compiled its “Fatal Four” injury-causing activities in construction, which were responsible for 57.7% of injuries in 2013:
- Falls — 302 out of 828 total deaths in construction in CY 2013 (36.5%)
- Struck by Object — 84 (10.1%)
- Electrocutions — 71 (8.6%)
- Caught-in/between — 21 (2.5%)
Accidents do happen, but your employer has a duty to ensure that your work environment is as safe as can be. If you injure a joint while working for your employer, you have the right to seek workers’ compensation benefits. An experienced workers’ compensation and workplace injury attorney can help save you time, money and frustration in making a claim. Contacting us as soon as possible can save you from making common and costly mistakes.
Steps To Take When You Are Injured On The Job
- Obtain the names and contact information in writing of any witnesses to your accident.
- Inform your employer, preferably in writing, as soon as possible, no later than 30 days after the accident.
- Seek medical attention for your injuries – an accurate diagnosis is critical for appropriate treatment.
- File a C-3 form within two (2) years of the incident to begin your workers’ compensation claim file within two years of the incident.
- Attend an Independent Medical Examination if you are required to do so.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available To You
If you injure your shoulder, knee, or other joint while performing work for your employer, you have the right to receive compensation for lost wages and full medical treatments. You are not eligible for pain and suffering under workers’ compensation, but you may be entitled to compensation for future lost wage earning capacity.
Can I Sue My Employer For My Injuries?
Most likely not. However, in some cases, if you are injured on the job and the injury is caused by a third party that is not your employer, you may have the ability to hold those third parties liable for your injury. This process can be tricky, so it’s important to talk your case through with an experienced New York workplace injury attorney.
Whether your on-the-job injury involves workers’ compensation or a third-party personal injury claim, the experienced attorneys at Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. can help with your workplace injury case. We understand New York State labor laws and know how to best protect your rights so you recover the money and benefits you deserve. Our New York lawyers have an impressive track record of success with workers’ compensation cases. Contact us today at 1-888-575-6410 or fill out our online contact form for a free case evaluation. We will fight for you!