Types of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses in South Carolina
Workers in South Carolina can suffer a wide variety of injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, many of these injuries go beyond minor cuts, scrapes and bruises. They may involve serious harm to one or more body parts and result in a worker being unable to:
- Return to his or her job for an extended period of time
- Return to a job or job duties the worker previously held
- Return to any line of work.
In each of these scenarios, workers’ compensation benefits may be available to help the worker and his or her family to get through a trying time. If a non-employer caused the injury, additional compensation may be sought as well through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you are an injured worker in Spartanburg, Greenville or elsewhere in the Upstate, a lawyer from Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can examine your case, determine your options and execute a strategy that is aimed at getting you the relief that you and your family deserve.
Contact us today to receive a free review of your case.
Our law firm features a team of attorneys who have extensive experience handling all types of cases, including those that involve:
- Burns – Fires and explosions can cause thermal burns. Workers may also suffer electrical, radiation and chemical burns.
- Scarring and disfigurement – Many accidents can leave permanent traces on a victim’s body and lead to physical pain and discomfort as well as depression.
- Sprains and strains – One of the most common work injuries is a strained lower back due to moving heavy items. The injury may keep a worker from being able to do his or her job for a long period.
- Repetitive stress injuries – Repeated use of certain parts of the body – usually the hands, arms, elbows, shoulder, back or knees – can gradually lead to permanent damage to muscles, tendons and nerves.
- Fractures – Broken hips, arms, wrists and legs often result from slip-and-falls and falls from ladders and scaffolds to lower levels.
- Dislocations – A shoulder dislocation, in particular, can be a debilitating injury that prevents one from doing any type of physical labor.
- Soft tissue injuries – A common knee injury is a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), which can occur when legs are bent or twisted when moving an object or falling. Whiplash frequently results from vehicle accidents that occur on the job.
- Amputations – Workers face the risk of amputating fingers, toes or limbs when working around machinery or when using saws, knives or other sharp objects to perform their duties.
- Vision loss – Partial or complete blindness may result from being exposed to a bright flash of light in an explosion, contact with chemicals or being struck in the eye by an object.
- Hearing loss – Many factory workers suffer hearing damage due to constant exposure to loud noise and vibrations.
- Spinal cord injuries – Serious spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause one to lose sensation or movement – or both – in certain parts of the body. Paraplegia affects all or part of the legs and pelvic organs. Quadriplegia impacts all limbs, trunk and pelvic organs.
- Head and brain injuries – A vehicle accident, fall or getting struck by an object can cause brain damage ranging from a mild concussion to traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Mental and emotions injuries – Workers who are harmed in or witness traumatic events may suffer lingering flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety and depression. The worker may be diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Contact a Spartanburg Workplace Injury Lawyer Today
At Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., we give every work injury case the close attention it deserves. We can conduct an exhaustive review of the medical records in your case and consult with highly qualified experts to fully assess your injury and its impact on your ability to work. To learn more, contact us today by phone or through our online form.