Neck injuries are among the most common workplace injuries, and the neck is one of the most easily injured parts of the body. Any part of your neck – muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, or nerves – can be damaged and result in significant pain.
The state of Florida requires your employer to insure you under workers’ compensation, which covers your medical care and some wages if you miss work due to a neck injury tied to your job. A Florida workplace neck injury lawyer can help you follow the complicated procedure to file a claim and receive your benefits. Reach out to the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore today to begin reviewing your situation with a workplace catastrophic injury attorney who will prioritize your well-being and advocate on your behalf every step of the way.
Neck injuries put your entire spine and mobility at risk, and ongoing pain shooting down your back and arms can be debilitating. Often, you can connect it to a sudden accident on the job, but sometimes it is a combination of prior injuries made worse by repetitive motions at work.
The causes of occupational neck injuries are often multifaceted. They can incorporate poor posture, the sedentary nature of the job, such as a desk job, weak supporting muscles around the pelvis and shoulders, and weak spinal muscles.
If your job requires heavy or repetitive lifting, you will be vulnerable to back or neck problems, especially if your spinal muscles are not strong. Similarly, if your job is sedentary and involves a lot of sitting, you will be particularly vulnerable to postural stresses causing stress to the ligaments, joints, and muscles of the spine, arms, and hands and OOS-type injuries.
Some common workplace neck injuries include:
These can have many causes, including auto wrecks, falls from ladders and scaffolding, workplace violence or assaults, machinery malfunction, slips and falls, caught-in-between accidents, and more.
It is important to note that injuries that occur over time must be substantiated by a doctor, who must also determine the workplace is the main contributor to the injury. If your pain comes and goes and you suspect your job is exacerbating it, you should ask Tampa workplace neck injury attorney Kevin Moore for help proving the connection.
When pre-existing conditions are made worse by a job injury, your employer or the insurer will likely try to deny your claim and say it is an old injury flaring up, unrelated to your job. However, under Florida Statute Section 440.09(1)(b), an employee qualifies for benefits after a workplace injury prolongs disability or causes an additional need for treatment. The employee must show that the workplace mishap is more than 50 percent responsible for the combined injuries. Medical evidence is necessary to prove this predominant contributing cause, and because it is a complicated process, a Florida workplace neck injury attorney from the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore should direct your claim.
Neck injuries are painful at the time of the accident, and, unfortunately, the long-term effects of a neck injury are not always immediately recognized. If you have had a workplace neck injury, our Tampa attorney understands your concerns and will outline your valuable legal rights.
Neck injuries can cause the following symptoms and should be thoroughly evaluated by a neurosurgeon or orthopedic surgeon:
At the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore, in addition to helping you pursue the benefits you need, we can also ensure you receive the appropriate medical care.
Workers’ compensation is governed by Florida law and insurance company rules, and satisfying both is extremely complicated. One wrong move or missed deadline means your claim will take longer or even be denied. However, an experienced attorney who regularly works with claims administrators and insurance adjusters could secure your benefits in a timely manner. Our team could also coordinate between those parties and your physician, too, so nothing falls through the cracks. Attorney Moore could also ensure you are receiving the appropriate medical care and advocate on your behalf for any additional treatment you may need.
When you are hurt on the job, you may have many concerns about how you will pay for your medical care and replace the income you miss when you are recuperating. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits are available to act as a safety net.
Applying for your benefits can be challenging, especially if your neck injury cannot be attributed to one incident. That is where we come in. Our Florida workplace neck injury lawyer knows what information and evidence the workers’ compensation claims administrator needs to see and can act as a liaison between the insurer, the claims administrator, your physician, and you. Reach out to the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore today to begin speaking directly with Attorney Moore about how we can best help in your given situation.