As a painter, your profession requires you to look up at the ceiling for long hours each day. At first, your neck was simply tight and would go back to normal by the time you went to bed. Now, however, you feel crippling pain each time you move your head around.
A variety of neck injuries could occur on-the-job. Here, a York, PA workers’ compensation attorney examines the most common neck injuries:
Torn or Ruptured Discs
Torn or ruptured discs can happen over time, or as the result of an accident. If the tear in the disc is large enough, jelly-like fluid can leak out into your neck and create pressure against a nerve or your spinal cord. Those who suffer from this ailment could experience headaches, dizziness, and nausea. They could also experience pain in the neck, shoulders, and arms.
Sprains and Strains
If you fell while you were working, the way you landed could have sprained or strained the muscles or ligaments in your neck. You may have also pinched a nerve in your neck. Symptoms of strains include aches and stiffness that spread to your upper back, upper arm, or shoulder area. A pinched nerve often causes a shooting pain that spreads down your arm and into your hand and fingers.
Fractures or Dislocations to the Spine
Forceful blows or falls from heights could cause serious injuries, such as fractures or spinal dislocations. Without the proper care, a person who experiences this kind of accident could experience permanent paralysis.
You are already suffering from the pain of your accident—you shouldn’t also have to pay for the medical bills related to your injury.
The legal team of Schmidt Kramer may be able to help you receive the workers’ compensation you deserve. Call us today at (717) 888-8888 to find out more.
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