Regardless of the cause, these injuries can negatively affect your everyday life. Pinched nerves can be painful and debilitating. If left untreated or if the pinched nerve damage is serious, you may even suffer a permanent total or permanent partial disability as a result.
Talk with an experienced workers compensation lawyer to learn more.
Nerve damage caused by a workplace accident or repetitive stress can be debilitating and cause a number of different issues. Pinched nerves can occur in any type of workplace, even if your job is primarily sedentary, you can cause damage to your nerves by poor posture and overuse while undertaking your job.
Most commonly you may cause yourself bruising, tearing, or stretching of a nerve or tissue, due to the repetitive nature of lot of jobs. These nerve injuries can result in complete loss of function or movement (paralysis) or other serious limitations to mobility and strength. These types of injuries can be permanent. It is important to note that if your employer has been negligent in their duty of care to you, and you suffer a nerve-related injury, you may be able to make a claim for workers compensation.
If in the course of your work you sustain a nerve injury, you may be able to undertake a workers compensation and common law claim, in order to assist you in returning to work sooner and to help recoup any lost wages and other expenses.
Motor vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious damage to many parts of your body. Due to the potential of suffering a whiplash injury, a pinched nerve can occur alongside this common injury. A pinched nerve can also occur due to inflammation in your body. This inflammation can occur in various parts of the body after a car accident as your muscles and soft tissues react to the trauma of the accident.
Nerve damage is most common in and around the spine, and can also occur in the arms. While it is possible for a pinched nerve to resolve on its own, more serious cases that occur as a result of car accidents, should be addressed as soon as possible by a medical professional.
Talk with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer for more information.
When you slip and fall, there is usually not enough time to assess how you are going to fall to avoid hurting yourself seriously, most of the time a slip or fall happens when you least expect it, and through no fault of your own. A sudden jolt to your head or body during a slip and fall can result in nerve damage. A slip and fall accident, for example, can break or dislocate bones and cause injury to nerves, causing pain or numbness.
If you have suffered a pinched nerve due to an accident in your workplace, on the roads or in a public place you may be entitled to compensation. If this incident was a result of someone else's negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation.
If you are living with nerve damage, you may have trouble walking, swallowing, breathing, speaking, learning and even controlling how your body reacts to certain situations. If you were involved in a car accident or other traumatic event in your workplace or in a public place and are now experiencing similar symptoms, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible.
For a nerve-related injury compensation claim you will need to be medically assessed, this usually involves particular tests that reveal the impairment of the nerves and the effect this will have on your ability to earn an income and live your life as you did previous to the injury.
If you have been experiencing the pain from a pinched nerve injury over a period of time, it would be favourable to have witnesses to back-up your claims. This could be from work colleagues, supervisors and managers. These kinds of witnesses will assist with your claim and can confirm your work-related injury.
If you are suffering from nerve damage, it is advisable to seek legal advice with a reputable law firm, before commencing the workers compensation process to advise you in regards to your claim, ensuring you completely understand your legal rights and entitlements.
In Queensland, time limits apply when making personal injury compensation claims. In most cases, you have three years from the time of the injury, however there are some exclusion, so it is wise to seek legal advice if your situation falls outside the 3 year limit. Time limits may also vary depending on which compensation avenue you are looking to take.
Seeking legal advice as soon as you can may assist in making sure you receive any compensation you may be entitled to.
We offer a ‘No Win. No Fee. No Catch’® promise, which means there are no upfront costs and you will never be left out of pocket, regardless of the outcome of your claim. Specific fee amounts vary based on each claim and the work required. Fees are calculated on the amount of work completed and are explained in full detail to all clients before a matter is opened, and before any agreement is to be signed.
The amount workers compensation benefits you receive are dependent on a number on a large number of factors. Each case is unique when it comes to payouts, and even in the earlier stages of a claim, it is difficult, and often counter-productive to provide estimates of a claim's worth. At the appropriate time, should you pursue a claim with Smith's, we are able to provide guide as to the value of your claim.
The value of a claim takes into consideration the following factors:
Any injured person can represent themselves legally when making a common law workers compensation claim (click here to understand the difference between a 'statutory' and 'common law' workers compensation claim), and most statutory claims do not require legal representation. Finalising a successful claim generally requires one to have a thorough understanding of the law, your legal rights and entitlements, and the time and commitment to actively pursue and resolve the case.
Engaging an experienced personal injury lawyer to act on your behalf and advise you has a number of benefits:
A good law firm will do everything possible to make your workers compensation claim as smooth as possible. The length of time it may take to settle your pinched nerve claim is dependent on the complexity of your injuries and the surrounding circumstances, the amount of time it will take for you to reach maximum medical improvement, and a number of other factors. Pinched nerve settlements usually take between 12 - 18 months.
Once experienced lawyers have assessed your potential workers compensation claim they will be able to advise you of the estimated timeframe your settlement may take. They should keep you well informed throughout the legal process.
If you suffer injuries whilst at work, and you are looking for further information in terms of making a claim. Here at Smith's Lawyers, we offer a free consultation for injured people looking to seek compensation. As mentioned before, we also have a "No Win. No Fee. No Catch." policy, which means you will never be out of pocket.
Get in touch with us today to give yourself the best opportunity to understand your rights.
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