Every day throughout Illinois, residents are hurt on the job. In today’s economy it is hard enough to find and hold on to a decent job, and it can be particularly devastating to be injured and physically unable to work at all.
Making matters worse, some injured employees face uncooperative and uncaring employers who are only concerned with the bottom line. If this happens to you, you may need a workers’ compensation attorney to fully exercise your rights.
There are many different types of injuries that can happen in the workplace, and while many cases involving employee injuries are straightforward, others are more complex. A few injuries that are growing in importance across the United States, and growing in complexity for that matter, are injuries involving sarcoidosis and repetitive stress injuries, in particular Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Newland & Newland, LLP has represented many individuals that have been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis through exposure to hazardous material. Sarcoidosis is a disease that leads to inflammation in different organs in your body. Although it can affect any organ, Sarcoidosis is most likely to develop in your lungs, skin, or lymph nodes first. In many people that have Sarcoidosis, the inflammation that naturally occurs when your body fights a disease never goes away.
This can cause a variety of symptoms. For example, if Sarcoidosis is found in your lungs, it can cause shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing. Although it may not seem serious at first, Sarcoidosism can develop into pulmonary fibrosis, and in some cases can lead to death.
Repetitive Stress Injury Representation in Libertyville
A repetitive stress injury can cause potentially incapacitating damage by overusing a muscle – typically in the hand – to execute a repetitive task. Typing, writing, and assembly line work are examples of a repetitive task. When viewed as a singular action, these movements seem harmless. However, if they are repeated often throughout the day, for a long period of time, the stress can cause damage to tendons and result in strong discomfort. Over the long-term, repetitive stress injuries can cause chronic pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
According to a Bureau of Labor Statisticsreport, in 2008 nearly one million people suffered from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The Carpal Tunnel is a passageway of ligaments at the start of your hands. It contains nerves and tendons that can swell and become irritated if the nerves are compressed.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can result in reduced hand coordination and use, pain and tingling sensations in fingers and hands, and potential nerve damage. It is the number one repetitive stress injury in the United States and should be taken seriously by employees and employers alike.
If you have been injured by Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, you should not be hesitant to file a workers’ compensation claim for fear of repercussions in your workplace. It is your right to inquire into filing for compensation benefits, and the workers’ compensation attorneys at Newland & Newland, LLP will make sure that you are able to fully exercise your rights under the law.
Contact an Illinois Workplace Injury Attorney
If you have been injured in the workplace, have been ill with Sarcoidosis, or have faced daily pain because of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome please get in touch with an Illinois workplace injury attorney today. Feel free to call, fax, or e-mail us to schedule a free consultation.