Roughly 12 percent of workplace accidents are spinal cord related. Many of these injuries occur over time but some happen within minutes of being asked to perform a task, many of which require training or proper equipment such as a safety vest. It is not the responsibility of the employee to know this. Employers are in charge of maintaining a safe work environment and that includes knowing whether workers are in harm’s way and implementing practices that are based on OSHA regulations.
At the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C., we are committed to ensuring that victims of spinal cord injuries receive the legal assistance they need to take on employers in order to secure a compensation for their medical bills, loss of employment, changes in lifestyle, or any other financial and emotional changes that have resulted from the injury.
In this blog post, we’re going to highlight examples of accidents and offer advice as to what steps to take when you or someone you know is injured. If you recently hurt your spinal cord while on the job, connect with us today to begin taking action.
Common Work-Related Spinal Cord Injuries
Industries that tend to see the largest amount of workplace spinal cord injuries include construction, warehouse, delivery, as well as maintenance-related jobs such as janitorial work. The majority of these accidents are caused by the constant heavy lifting, pushing, reaching, bending, twisting and moving, either with equipment or simply with bare hands.
In extreme cases, individuals have become handicap or have developed chronic back pain. Since the spinal cord is responsible for signaling motor sensory information between the brain and the rest of the body, when a part of it is injured, there are numerous complications that may occur. From a loss of sensation to temporary or permanent paralysis and even diminished motor function, a spinal cord injury can dramatically affect one’s ability to function normally.
What to Do If You Were Injured
If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to seek workers’ compensation, even in the state of Texas. Since workers’ compensation often provides limited benefits in our state, as personal injury lawyers, our law firm will take the needed route to make sure your legal rights are protected.
The costs associated with these injuries are large. You will likely need physical therapy to recover and even if you have insurance, your medical costs may be far more expensive than you could ever imagine.
Your first step is to connect with a lawyer who specializes in these types of injuries. As your lawyer, Javier Martinez, Jr. will strategically and sharply work on getting you compensation for your suffering. This will allow you to pay for medical bills, see a therapist (if needed), and return to a life with the resources you need to be healthy.
Contact Us Today
Do not delay seeking the legal help you need. It is important for your health and livelihood. As soon as you contact our law firm in El Paso, we will begin working on your case!