In the state of Colorado in 2008, there were 792 injuries to the neck that led to lost-time claims under Colorado’s workers’ compensation system. This means that 792 workers in 2008 suffered injuries to their neck that were severe enough to cause them to miss work. Many of the injuries to the neck occurred as a result of repetitive stress, but accidents such as falls and car accidents can also cause neck damage.
Neck injuries can require extensive medical treatment and can cause significant pain that limits your mobility and that sometimes even prevents you from working. As such, it is very important to get help from an experienced workers’ compensation attorney if you have suffered a neck injury as a result of performing your job. The Boulder Colorado workers’ compensation attorneys at The Dominick Law Firm can help. Contact us today at 303-447-2644 or using our online form to schedule your free consultation.
Neck Injuries and Colorado Workers’ Compensation
According to statistics collected on Work Related Injuries in Colorado by the Division of Workers’ Compensation, the majority of neck injuries that resulted in missed work days involved injuries to the vertebrae in the spinal column bone, cervical segment or other areas of the neck and back. Vertebrae damage accounted for 384 of the 792 neck injuries that necessitated time off of work. Other types of neck injuries that were reported as reasons for missed work included:
- Soft tissue injuries.
- Disc injuries, including injuries in to the spinal column cartridge or cervical segment.
- Injuries to the trachea or larynx.
- Damage to the spinal cord, including the cervical segment and nerve tissue.
- Multiple neck injuries: This includes a combination of disc injuries, vertebrae injuries, spinal cord injuries, soft tissue damage and unclassified neck injuries.
These work related neck injuries may arise from a number of different causes. For instance, the Liberty Mutual 2011 Workplace Safety Index identified the top 10 causes of disabling work injuries, many of which can do mild or severe damage to the neck. These included:
- Overexertion injuries, which could cause neck strains, sprains or other soft tissue damage.
- Falls on the same level or falls to a lower level, which could cause soft tissue injuries as well as bone fractures and other serious damage.
- Bodily reactions, which are injuries that occur when you turn your neck too far or too fast
- Being struck by an object or striking an object, which could cause dislocation and bone fractures, among other damage.
- Involvement in a highway accident or incident, which is the leading cause of whiplash work injury claims.
- Repetitive motions. Repetitive stress injuries are a common cause of soft tissue damage as well as damage to discs and to vertebrae.
The consequences of these neck injuries can range from discomfort caused by muscle strains or neck sprains to spinal cord damage in the neck area that causes death or results in complete paralysis and necessitates the use of a respirator. The more severe your neck injury, the more expensive your medical treatment will be and the more likely it is that you will require disability benefits through workers’ compensation. For any neck injury, however, it is extremely important to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to get help proving your injury and understanding your right to benefits. Such benefits may include not just payment for missed work and disability benefits, but also full coverage of any medical costs including surgery, physical therapy and visits to chiropractors or other physicians as necessary to treat your medical condition.
The Dominick Law Firm can help you to understand your rights under Colorado workers’ compensation laws and under the specific policy your employer has in place. Our Boulder workers’ compensation firm has assisted clients with workers’ comp claims throughout Boulder, Longmont, Louisville, Lafayette, Erie, Broomfield, Greeley, Ft. Collins, Superior, Denver and the entire Colorado Front Range. If you live in this area and need assistance understanding or enforcing your rights after a neck injury, contact us today at 303-447-2644 or using our online form to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help.