Neck and cervical spine injuries are some of the most common injuries in the workplace. They can happen to desk workers who spend years leaning forward while staring at a computer screen, and they can develop in construction workers who move heavy objects and are exposed to repetitive stress. Unfortunately, neck injuries are also very common in the real world outside of work, which is why you often get a lot of pushback from your employer’s insurance company if you attempt to file a claim for a work-related neck injury.
However, just because these injuries can be harder to prove than most, doesn’t mean you aren’t rightfully entitled to this compensation. In today’s blog, we explain why neck injuries can be hard to prove and walk you through some steps to strengthen your neck injury claim and earn compensation.
Why Neck Injuries Are Hard To Prove
As we mentioned in the intro, neck injuries are often hard to tie to work duties because they are so common in everyday life. Who’s to say that your cervical spine pain was from craning forward at your work desk or if it was due to your poor posture in the car or because you are constantly looking down at your phone? Also, neck pain can be a normal part of the aging process as cartilage and other structures slowly degenerate over time. Your work duties can certainly speed up this process, but is that enough to earn compensation?
A final reason that neck injuries are often hard to tie to your employment is because many of these injuries develop slowly over time. There are certainly times when you lift a box or fall off a ladder and strain your neck, but many injuries develop because of microtrauma suffered over decades of work. Hunching over the assembly line to provide a quality inspection may not hurt right away, but if you’ve been performing that task for years, all those postural movements are slowly going to overstress the area. This can lead to problems like herniated discs, degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis of the neck.
Proving Your Neck Injuries And Employment Are Linked
Regardless of whether it appears to be an open and shut case or you have a difficult to prove neck injury case on your hands, the single best thing you can do is to contact an injury lawyer like Dean Margolis. Dean has a wealth of experience pursuing neck injury claims against insurance companies and in front of workers’ compensation judges, and many former clients have said there’s nobody they’d rather have beside them when their compensation is on the line.
Dean has access to expert witnesses and medical professionals who can strengthen your case by using ergonomic reconstruction of work tasks in order to show the stress and strain that your body is under each and every day. They can also testify how your injuries are a direct result of the acute of long-term stress your body endured. The more experts we can get to strengthen the claim, the more likely it is that you’ll be entitled to a larger reward.
You might be thinking that it sounds expensive to have experts fight your case on your behalf, but it oftentimes works out in your benefit many times over. For starters, we only get paid a small percentage of your winnings, so they bigger payday we can get you, the more we take home as well, so it’s in our best interest to get you the biggest award possible. Also, Minnesota caps the percentage and earnings amount a lawyer can receive from an injury case, so you get to keep a large percentage of your winnings. And since we get paid when you win your case, we’ll be very open and honest about your likelihood of success, because we’re not going to spend time on an unwinnable case. But if we believe we can put together a strong case and you have a rightful claim to compensation, we’ll level with you and do everything we can to get you an award. For more information, or to see if we can earn a compensation award for you, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm.
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