office worker with carpal tunnel nerve damage massaging handNerve damage is an incredibly debilitating injury that can happen anywhere, including the workplace. It can cause persistent pain and prevent an individual from carrying out daily tasks. If you experience a nerve injury at work, it’s important to know what can be done to equip yourself for the best recovery possible, not only physically but financially as well.

How Nerve Injuries Happen

Nerve injuries can happen in a variety of scenarios. Depending upon what sort of job you have, incidents may include:

  • Electrocution
  • Slips on a wet surface or falling from a high place
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Machinery accidents
  • Deep cuts or lacerations
  • Broken bones or crushed limbs
  • Years of repetitive motion or overexertion
  • Exposure to toxic substances

Life With a Nerve Injury

If you have a nerve injury, you will experience some or all of these symptoms:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Pain or a burning sensation
  • Atrophy or muscle weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Paralysis

Nerve damage is a severe injury, and some types, such as a herniated disc, peripheral nerve damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, or a shoulder injury, can take months or even years to recover from. Other more severe damages like partial or complete paralysis sometimes cause lifelong disabilities. In many instances, life is completely changed, especially if you find yourself unable to return to your workplace due to the effects of nerve damage.

Recovering and Moving Forward With a Nerve Injury

If you suspect you have incurred nerve damage at work, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Even a suspicion of this serious injury warrants seeing a doctor, as early intervention can be essential to healing. Immediately after seeking medical attention, file an injury report with your employer. Non-subscriber employers have compensation procedures in place to help injured employees, including if the employee chooses to file suit against the workplace.

As a victim of a workplace injury, it is essential that you not only report your injuries to your employer and go to each and every medical and rehabilitation appointment but also that you contact a personal injury lawyer right away. You might be eligible for compensation for various losses related to the accident, including:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and emotional suffering

At SJ Injury Attorneys, we are experienced in pursuing injury claims against non-subscriber employers. If this is applicable to your situation, call us today to get started on your journey toward health and healing, including the compensation you deserve.