Strains and Sprains
Although many strains and sprains are minor, they can also be quite serious, including those caused by work-related accidents. Categorized as soft tissue injuries from overuse and overextension of ligaments, joints, muscles, and tendons, it can also lead to extensive bruising, soreness, swelling, stiffness, and pain.
In situations where the wounded employee does not seek timely medical attention, these injuries can worsen and become severe. Sprains and strains may not present symptoms right away or appear on x-rays; these are added reasons why getting examined by a doctor is important.
Types of Sprains and Strains
Strains normally affect muscles and tendons, the latter of which attaches muscles to bones. If a worker who primarily drives for their job suffers a car accident, they will most often feel strain in their back and neck afterward. The strains can be mild, moderate, and severe, with symptoms ranging from muscle weakness and spasms to pain, swelling, and difficulty moving that body part.
Sprains affect ligaments, which connect tissues to bones and stretch around joints. Ligament sprains can be more involved, especially if they tear. Grade 1 sprains occur when ligaments are stretched, causing limited mobility. If there is partial ligament tearing, this is considered a Grade 2 sprain, which can be diagnosed by a scan. In some cases, surgery is needed, and recovery times may be longer. Grade 3 sprains occur when ligaments tear, affecting the victim’s stability and mobility.
One of the most common soft tissue injuries is whiplash, when a rear-end collision’s impact forces a person’s neck and head to move violently. Delivery drivers often experience these injuries if they sustain a car accident during the course of their employment. Symptoms may include sharp neck pain and stiffness, problems with concentration and memory, and back pain.
Minor strains and sprains may heal with rest, ice, compression, and elevation, but this is not always the case. Surgery may be needed for severe cases, and less serious ones can be healed with physical therapy, wearing a brace, and by restricting use of the injured body part. Most strains and sprains will need time to heal, which can range from weeks to months. This can cause victims to miss time from work, which can lead to missed paychecks and financial hardships.
Strains, Sprains, and Workers’ Compensation
Employees who suffer strains and sprains from workplace injuries or while driving for work may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Injuries are preventable if companies and their workers adhere to safety guidelines, yet they still happen often. Workers that are most at-risk for sprain and strain injuries include the following:
Carrying heavy items improperly, not being well-trained on equipment, and having poor ergonomics, slippery surfaces, and debris can cause workers to end up with sprains and strains. Employers are responsible for providing safe workplace environments for all their employees.
Vineland Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Fight for Injured Workers
If you were injured at work, the Vineland Workers’ Compensation lawyers at DiTomaso Law will fight to protect your rights. We will obtain the benefits you rightfully deserve so that you can focus on your recovery. For a free consultation, call us at 856-414-0010 or fill out our online form. Located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Mt. Holly, Camden County, and Vineland.