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Lifting Injuries

Chicago Lifting Injuries

If you are a warehouse worker, a delivery driver or a dock worker, you have a higher risk of sustaining Chicago lifting injuries. Such common workplace injuries may occur suddenly, as you stretch down to pick up a package, or they may occur over time as a dull ache that gradually increases. These injuries generally affect the lumbar region of the back and when muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs and vertebrae become damaged, you may experience pain or paralysis in other parts of your body as a result.

Recovery from a lifting injury typically takes weeks or even months. If your situation is more serious, you may have an injury requiring surgery. Fortunately, Illinois’ workers’ compensation program is in place to provide you with financial assistance.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the primary causes of work injuries eligible for workers’ compensation are lifting, placing, carrying, holding and lowering materials. In fact, 80 percent of these were lower back injuries, and 75 percent were lifting injuries.

Your employer should have a set of guidelines in place to protect you from unnecessary injury but the National Institute for Occupational Safety has created specificcriteria to ensure safe lifting. The criteria include the following:

  • The object’s weight
  • Worker hand placement before and during the lift
  • Distance traveled
  • Twisting motions used
  • Number of lifts within a specific amount of time
  • Type of grip used

Regular stretching exercises are also thought to reduce injury risk since they are designed to keep your back muscles strong and flexible. However, even with preventative measures, a lifting injury can still happen.

Compensation for injury

Under Illinois law, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for a work-related car accident, a construction accident,repetitive stress injuries, an occupational illness or disease, or lifting injuries, even if the injury was your fault. These benefits pay two-thirds of your wages while you are unable to work, as well as many other expenses, such as those covering medical, chiropractic or physical therapy.

Our Berwyn injury attorneys at Strom & Associates can help you understand the claims process and answer any questions you may have. To schedule a free consultation, contact us today at(312) 609-0400.

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