Oklahoma City Construction Lifting Injury Lawyers
Construction work is known for its physical intensity and for the demands made on workers during the course of the typical workday. Regardless of a person’s specific role on a construction site, the physical space in which he or she works and the need to lift heavy objects can create conditions that increase the likelihood of sustaining lifting injuries. While lifting might not appear to pose any unusual danger, the fact is that it might harm anything from a person’s feet up to his neck.
According to Oklahoma State University, back injuries from lifting account for 20% of all workplace injuries. They also cause workers to miss 93 million days of work each year and cost up to $20 billion in workers’ compensation claims each year. You can try to prevent lifting injuries with good posture, regular exercise, and a safe technique for lifting objects, but not all injuries can be avoided.
If your employment requires the lifting or moving of very heavy objects, lifting for extended periods of time, lifting at strange angles, or repetitive lifting of objects of any weight, you could be injured despite your efforts to prevent such an event.
If you have been hurt on the job, regardless of the cause, it may be appropriate for you to pursue financial compensation. This can be vital to ensuring you receive adequate medical care and payments to offset the effects of lost work time. Contact the Oklahoma City construction lifting injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 to speak with a skilled and experienced attorney about your case.
Regions Affected by Lifting Injuries
Because proper lifting incorporates the entire body, there are many different injuries that may result from a momentary slip or overexertion. Repetitive lifting can also cause problems, even when the weight of the objects being lifted is fairly minimal. Some of the consequences of lifting accidents include:
- Neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Back or spinal cord injuries
- Injuries to the arms, legs, elbows, hips, and knees
Diagnosis and Treatment
All too frequently, when a worker reports an injury in the workplace, he or she is referred for a simple x-ray to determine the extent of the injury and whether the worker may qualify for workers’ compensation. However, most injuries as a result of lifting are soft tissue injuries that cannot be seen on an X-ray. X-rays only show bones.
Ligaments, muscles, discs, and the supporting components in the back can be severely damaged, causing excruciating pain and debilitating injury. If these injuries are not quickly diagnosed and treated, they can be seriously exacerbated, possibly leading to permanent disability.
If you have a soft tissue injury, you need to have an MRI, CT scan, EMG, Nerve Conduction test, or other similar test to determine the extent of the injury. These tests can be very expensive, so many employers and their insurance companies will try to deny you these services. Treatment for soft tissue injuries can also be extensive, potentially requiring medication, surgery, and treatment by a specialist.
The high cost of testing and treatment for soft tissue injuries is a motivating cause for employers and their insurance companies to try and stall a diagnosis. They may try to delay your MRI or CT Scan to try to make you file your claim too late. An aggressive attorney can help you stop the run-around and get the testing you need to diagnose the injury and start on the road to healing.
Approximately one in five workplace injuries occurs on a construction site, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction workers are especially vulnerable to injury from prolonged lifting or lifting heavy objects due to the extreme physical demands of the job. Improper training, insufficient crew, and even orders from a supervisor can all contribute to lifting injuries among construction workers.
If you are a construction worker who has suffered a lifting-related injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Our Oklahoma City construction lifting injury attorneys can help you efficiently pursue your case.
Causes of Lifting Injuries
Your construction worksite lifting injury could be due to a wide range of workplace errors, which could entitle you to compensation. Common causes of construction worksite lifting injuries are:
- Failure to enforce safety protocols
- Improperly loaded pallets or stacks
- Design flaws in objects, such as proper handholds
- Objects shifting, causing an imbalance in weight
- A lack of available protective equipment
- Insufficient worker training
- Too few employees to complete a multi-person lift
- Pressure to work fast or to not ask for help
- Repetitive motion
If you were injured on a construction site while lifting something, you deserve compensation for your injuries.
We will fight for the full compensation that you are due for your work-related injuries. Contact the Oklahoma construction lifting injury lawyers of the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 today.