New York Neck and Shoulder Injuries Lawyers
Employers have an obligation to their workers to create a safe environment free from hazards. When they fail to do so, employees may be able to pursue benefits to offset medical expenses and lost wages caused by their injury.
Many workplace accidents can result in serious injuries to the neck or shoulder. These injuries can cause some of the most long-term and severe health consequences a person may suffer due to a workplace injury. Additionally, treatment for these injuries can prove particularly troublesome, as they may require invasive procedures or a long time spent in physical therapy.
However, if a person sustains a neck or shoulder injury because of a general manager’s hazardous lack of safety precautions, they may be able to win financial compensation for these treatment costs through a workplace injury lawsuit.
A neck or shoulder injury sustained at work may leave you with considerable treatment, medical bills, and recovery costs. However, if this injury was caused by a manager’s negligent or reckless conduct, you may be able to fight for compensation for these expenses. For more information regarding your full range of legal options after an injury, contact a New York personal injury attorney of Hach & Rose, LLP, today at (212) 779-0057.
Why Do I Need a Lawyer?
The process of recovering compensation can be complicated and take a long time. If you’ve been injured at work, hiring an experienced attorney is the best way to make sure that you have access to the benefits that you need.
When you’re already coping with physical pain, exorbitant medical expenses, and other injury-related issues, managing your claim independently can be overwhelming. Hiring a skilled attorney to manage your claim will allow you to focus on your recovery with the confidence that your claim is in capable hands.
An attorney has access to the resources needed to investigate your case, your workplace, and create a timeline of events leading up to your accident or injury. They also know how to handle complex insurance coverage concerns and can guide you through the documentation needed to win your case.
Your lawyer will also provide valuable moral support. When an injury prevents you from working, you may feel incredibly discouraged, even hopeless. A skilled lawyer will help you understand how your claim is being processed, which benefits you have access to, and when you can expect to receive the compensation you need.
Why Should I Choose Hach & Rose?
The Law Firm of Hach & Rose has decades of experience serving New York City workers. Many of the people we work for are not only supporting themselves, but their entire family. We know how much stress you experience when your ability to work and provide for your family is disrupted by a neck or shoulder injury. We are here to support you.
Our lawyers value our client relationships over everything. We know that entrusting a lawyer with your case isn’t always an easy decision. By remaining accessible, providing experienced representation, and helping you understand your claim, we want to make the process as transparent as possible for you.
At Hach & Rose, LLP we bring a sense of compassion and justice to the table in addition to a deeply-held knowledge of New York workers’ rights and the entire legal process for these cases, from filing a claim to securing the benefits you need.
While we work for workers, we also work for anyone in New York struggling with the physical, financial, and emotional impact of an injury. We know financially damaging injuries are on New York families, which is why our lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means that unless we are able to help you recover compensation, you don’t pay us for our services. Hiring a skilled attorney shouldn’t be another financial stressor for you during this time.
Neck and Shoulder Injury Cases We Handle
Though workers in extremely physical jobs are more vulnerable to injury, there are a number of activities that can increase the risk of neck and shoulder injuries. Serving food, stocking shelves, using large drilling equipment, reaching up to grab office supplies, shoveling, painting, and lifting are just a few activities that put workers at a greater risk of sustaining neck and shoulder injuries. Simply walking in an office can be dangerous when basic safety precautions are neglected.
The following are common workplace neck and shoulder injuries:
- Fractures – Upper arm and collarbone fractures are painful and take a while to fully heal. Complex shoulder fractures can even require surgery. Neck fractures can cause permanent or partial paralysis and even be fatal.
- Shoulder Dislocation – This is a painful condition that occurs when the shoulder is dislocated from its socket, leaving workers with impaired mobility and a number of possible symptoms like nerve damage, muscle tears, and broken blood vessels.
- Whiplash – Especially in the commercial trucking industry, whiplash is a commonly reported injury. Whiplash is a neck injury that can cause persistent head and jaw pain and cause severe migraine headaches.
- Bursitis – Bursitis describes the painful condition of the swelling of sacs in the shoulder, which causes inflammation and loss of mobility among other symptoms.
- Pinched nerves- Overuse or repetitive motion can cause pinched nerves in the neck, which can lead to a loss of mobility. Fortunately, pain associated with pinched nerves can often be cured by physical therapy and rest. In more severe cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the distressed nerve.
- Soft tissue injuries – Rotator cuffs are muscles in the shoulder that can tear with overuse. This can be a painful injury that limits the range of the arm and makes other activities, such as sleeping or eating, uncomfortable.
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries can leave victims partially or completely paralyzed. In the most serious cases, spinal cord trauma can be fatal.
If you have a neck or shoulder injury because of your employer’s negligence, it is important that you document the issue as soon as possible. Filing a complaint or incident report with your Human Resources department ensures that, should you decide to pursue legal action, a record of your pain exists and your workplace knows about it. This should ideally be done within 24 hours of the injury.
You should also see a doctor or go to a hospital to be treated for your injuries. A medical examination will not only help you begin to heal but will also help create a legal record of the accident or timeline of events that occurred. Failure to seek prompt medical condition may call into question the severity of your injury and ultimately hurt your claim.
Causes of Neck and Shoulder Injuries in the Workplace
If a manager fails to take action to make the workplace safer, they may put their employees at an increased risk to sustain very serious, potentially life-altering injuries. In particular, the following mistakes may lead to neck and shoulder injuries, which can prove very painful and require significant medical assistance:
- Unsafely storing heavy materials above shoulder height
- Failing to inspect ceiling attachments, such as lights and fans
- Failing to inspect storage equipment, potentially causing an item to fall from a collapse
- For construction sites, failing to inspect scaffolds
These dangers should be avoided at all costs by putting in place proper safety procedures. Anyone injured because of a failure of these safety precautions may be entitled to pursue financial compensation for their injuries.
Contact a New York Neck and Shoulder Injury Lawyer Today
If you or someone you love has suffered because of a general manager’s dangerous workplace decisions, we may be able to assist you with the process of filing for financial compensation through an injury claim. New York workers are the backbone of the community and we are here to do everything possible to stand with them and support them when they are hurt. To learn more about the legal options available to you after an injury, contact a New York neck and shoulder injuries lawyer of Hach & Rose, LLP, today by calling (212) 779-0057.