Anyone can sustain occupational injuries to extremities, including arms, legs, and hands. Torn shoulder rotator cuffs, broken fingers, or a blown meniscus in the knee are painful injuries that can happen to anyone in any profession, from clerical assistants to construction workers and truck drivers.
Examples of arm, leg, and hand injuries
When you injure your arm, leg, or hand, the injury may affect the entire extremity or only a portion of your body part. For example, you can develop a crush injury to your hand or finger isolated to that part of your arm. However, the residual effects of the injury may involve the rest of the arm over time. In these situations, a superadded injury may occur. In other words, another injury develops because of the original injury.
Taking the same example of the crush injury to the hand, you use your other hand to compensate for the lack of use of the originally injured hand. Consequently, you may develop increased hand pain or tendonitis in the opposite hand. Hence, the pain and required treatment for the other hand may be “superadded” and covered by workers’ compensation, provided there is supporting medical documentation.
In another example, you may suffer an injury to either your left or right knee. As a result, you need crutches. The employer and insurer would be responsible for paying for the medical treatment, including the crutches and prescription medication. Now, let us assume that you develop extreme bilateral shoulder pain requiring medical attention due to the use of the crutches. The shoulder treatment for both shoulders is superadded to the knee injury and covered under workers’ compensation.
Proper Treatment & Care are Key
There are many combinations where these occupational injuries may transpire. Ankle injuries may cause knee injuries which, in turn, may cause hip or back pain. Wrist injuries may cause elbow pain which may involve some neck treatment. The key for these scenarios rests with medical causation. If the treating physician connects the pain, injuries, and treatment to the work injury, then Georgia law should cover them.
Industrial injuries to extremities will likely require specialized treatment by a trained or certified doctor specializing in orthopedic or sports medicine.
Consult Experienced Legal Counsel
When choosing a workers’ compensation attorney, it is important your attorney understands the medical dynamics involved in the case and has a working knowledge of the orthopedic physicians' reputations in your area. Not all doctors approach workers' compensation injuries the same way.
We can help. For information relating to occupational injuries to the arms, legs, and hands requiring orthopedic treatment, contact one of our attorneys immediately to discuss your injury at work, your medical treatment, and entitlement to workers' compensation benefits. Don't delay.
These case studies are not meant to promise or guarantee a certain or similar result, but rather to demonstrate the legal attention and work ethic our attorneys assert in our cases. Every case is different and is fact sensitive. Certain facts can greatly influence and determine a client’s award, outcome, and recovery.
An employee worked for a manufacturer of outdoor power products in Middle Georgia. His job required him to pull pallets of material across the work area. As a result, he experienced a back strain. The manufacturer denied the claim and contested his need for medical care. Ramos & Law was able to secure helpful diagnostic scans and meaningful medical care for the injured worker. After a few months of litigation, the parties reached a settlement of $65,000 with a complete resolution of all outstanding medical bills.
An employee was stocking heavy merchandise for a large retailer in Columbus, Georgia. During the course of her job duties, a stocking cart of the merchandise fell on her right foot and great toe. The national retailer directed her to its company doctors but she received very little relief. The attorneys at Ramos & Law were able to navigate her medical care to more qualified doctors where she received a better overall results. As she reached maximum medical improvement, the large retailer settled the claim for over $100,000 and paid for all of her past medical treatment.
Failed Back Syndrome
An employee was working part-time for a large automotive parts store. The employee fell off a ladder injuring his teeth, neck, ribs, and low back. After exhausting conservative medical care, physical therapy, injection regimens, and medication, it became clear that this injured employee required the need for spinal surgery. While the insurance company fought the surgery, Ramos & Law was able to force the insurance company into paying for the surgery and associated therapies including the implant of a spinal cord stimulator. Given the severity of the injury, Ramos & Law was able to refer the client to a federal disability benefit specialist who assisted him in securing Social Security. This part-time employee settled his case for $185,000 plus almost $300,000 in future medical care.
Low Back Herniations
A pediatric physician injured his back while assisting a child off an examining room table. As a result, the physician herniated several discs in his spine which also triggered depressive mental episodes. While the insurance company denied medical coverage for his numerous symptoms, Ramos & Law was able to secure quality medical care for the employee including orthopedic care, psychiatric treatment, a spinal cord stimulator, and physical therapy. Additionally, the employee received on-going income benefits at the maximum workers' compensation rate. At the end of the case, the matter settled for a figure close to $250,000 in addition to payment of previous medical bills.
An employee at a beverage maker in Atlanta was stocking heavy cases of merchandise when she felt severe neck and shoulder pain. It was revealed that she suffered a torn rotator cuff. While the beverage maker initially denied her medical care, Ramos & Law was able to convince the employer to approve her treatment plan and accept the case. After months attempting to return to work, it was clear that the employer was not able to accommodate her medical limitations. As a result, the case settled for $115,000, along with all her medical bills being paid.
A part-time grocery employee fell into a tub of “degreaser” that caused severe third degree burns over his torso and buttocks region. The employee required immediate medical care and several weeks in the intensive care unit within the local burn center. The costs of the care reached in the millions of dollars. While the grocery store denied liability for the accident, the attorneys at Ramos & Law were able to secure a settlement of $250,000 in addition to the employer’s acknowledgment to pay for all past medical bills.