What Are Some of the Most Common Workplace Injuries?

Our Baltimore workers comp attorneys meet with workplace accident victims every day. Some of our clients suffered minor injuries at work but their claims were denied. They can’t afford to get the medical treatment they need on their own so it’s critical that their claim be approved. Other clients have suffered very serious injuries and are still denied benefits. If this happens to you, it’s a good idea to call and speak with one of our Baltimore injury lawyers right away. We do offer all new clients a free, initial consultation. All you have to do is call and schedule a date and time to come into the office.

Many Physical Laborers Suffer Back and Knee Injuries

People who do physical labor are at a much higher risk of getting hurt on the job. For example, if you work in construction, you could suffer a number of injuries. You may fall from a construction site and suffer a traumatic brain injury. Or you may get hurt working with a piece of equipment and hurt some other part of your body.

For other laborers, such as factory and warehouse workers, there’s a good chance they’ll suffer a back or knee injury. These employees have to pick up heavy packages and boxes day in, day out. The odds of them slipping a disk or suffering nerve damage are high. It’s surprising that our Baltimore workers comp attorneys don’t see more of these cases.

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Commercial Drivers are at Risk of Suffering Injuries in a Motor Vehicle Accident

People who drive a truck or car for a living are always at risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. For example, truckers who spend their days hauling heavy loads back and forth are at special danger of getting hurt. Not only do they have to deal with traffic throughout the day, but they also have to maneuver a heavy, uncooperative machine all day (or night) long. If they do get into an accident, the injuries they suffer can be catastrophic.

Other drivers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, are also on the road all day. They are driving in neighborhoods and towns they aren’t familiar with all the time. They could get into an ordinary fender bender and suffer serious injuries. If this happens, they need to know that they can file for workers compensation. Unfortunately, for rideshare drivers, they probably aren’t eligible for workers compensation. But for most commercial drivers that isn’t the case.

Casino Dealers and Administrative Workers May Suffer Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Anybody who performs a repetitive action all day long is at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Casino dealers in particular are at an increasing risk of suffering this injury. They spend eight or more hours, five days a week dealing cards to hundreds, if not thousands of customers. Repeating the same wrist action all day long can easily lead to a repetitive stress injury.

Administrative workers are also liable to develop repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. They type throughout the day and, over time, develop wrist injuries of their own. If they can prove their injuries are related to their job, they should be entitled to workers compensation benefits.

People Who Work Near Asbestos Can Contract Mesothelioma and Other Cancers

One of the most serious of all workplace injuries and illnesses is cancer. For people who had to work with asbestos all those years ago, the odds of developing cancer are high. One type of cancer that many of our clients suffer from is mesothelioma. This is a type of lunch cancer caused by exposure to asbestos and other dangerous inhalants. Over time, the disease progresses to the point where the person has no hope of recovery. Sadly, the survival rate for mesothelioma is around 5% so being diagnosed with this disease is a death sentence. Cases involving mesothelioma are some of the hardest to handle. It is heartbreaking to work with a client who is not only dying from a work-related illness but is also being denied their benefits.

Your Baltimore Workers Comp Attorney Will Help You Get Benefits

The good news about hiring a Baltimore workers comp attorney is that they can help you file your initial claim. They can make sure your claim is handled properly from the start. If your claim is denied, your attorney can always file an appeal on your behalf. As long as they can show that you meet the basic criteria for workers compensation in Maryland, you should start to receive benefits shortly. If, after filing an appeal, your claim is still not approved, your Baltimore injury lawyer can file legal action instead.

Your Baltimore Injury Lawyer Will Also Help Get You the Medical Care You Need

When you first meet with your Baltimore injury lawyer, they will need to know the background of your case. If you were hurt at work and your workers’ compensation claim was denied, you are going to need to file an appeal. You need medical care for your workplace injuries. This treatment should be covered by workers’ compensation. If your claim wasn’t approved, you’re probably paying out-of-pocket for this care. Or, worse, you may not be getting the medical care you need at all. Neither of these situations is okay. This is why you should call a seasoned Baltimore workers comp attorney right away. They’ll help you appeal your workers compensation claim. They will reach out to your employer and their insurance carrier to find out what is going on. If the insurance carrier says they need additional information, your attorney will get them that information. If they don’t believe your injuries happened at work, then your Baltimore injury lawyer will help you file legal action. As long as your claim is valid, our team of experienced attorneys will be able to help.

We offer all new clients a free, initial consultation so we can find out what their story is. It also gives you a chance to ask our Baltimore injury lawyer any questions you may have. Since you don’t have to pay for this initial meeting, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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