A variety of injuries and illnesses can occur in the workplace, many of which may prevent you from fulfilling your duties. Some of the most common and little known work-related ailments are known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSD). These conditions can result in a tremendous amount of pain, possibly causing you to miss extended periods of work and entitling you to workers compensation benefits.
If you want to make sure that you’re protected in the workplace, it’s important to learn a little bit about musculoskeletal conditions, how they can be prevented, and when you should apply for workers compensation with the help of an attorney.
How MSDs Happen
Musculoskeletal disorders generally impact the connective tissues in your body, including joints, ligaments and tendons. There are also MSDs that cause pain or discomfort in your muscles and nerves. Some of the most common musculoskeletal disorders include carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis.
Although MSDs can easily develop in the home, they are extremely common in workplaces that require a good amount of physical activity. lf you must frequently lift heavy items, reach for objects in high places or even type multiple hours a day, it’s possible that you will develop a musculoskeletal disorder at some point.
Some of the most common warning signs of an MSD include finger or limb numbness, back pain and stiff joints.
MSD and Workers Compensation
If you are unfortunate enough to develop an MSD, you might need extensive medical treatment and may be unable to work. While some MSDs are easily treatable, others can be lifelong conditions.
Workers who find themselves unable to perform their normal duties because of an MSD may be able to claim workers compensation benefits. Like any workplace injury, you would need to show that your condition is a direct result of your job. If you can provide this proof, then you can uses workers comp to support yourself until you can return to work.
Get Legal Help
If you believe you have developed a musculoskeletal disorder because of workplace conditions and are unable to get the workers compensation you need, you should seek help from the Law Offices of Daniel Berger. We are familiar with New York workers compensation laws, and we will help you work toward getting your benefits so you can focus on recovery.