Why Knee, Shoulder, and Joint Injuries are Common in North Carolina Workplaces

February 28 , 2024

At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys know that some of the same workplace injuries impact employees throughout North Carolina, namely knee, shoulder, and joint injuries. While it is uncommon for these injuries to impact two people in the same way, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they happen at work.

Common Injuries in North Carolina

The most crucial factor is seeking medical care immediately after the accident. This can lead to poorer outcomes for  knee, shoulder, and other joint injuries.

Knee, Shoulder, and Joint Injuries Can Occur in Any Professional

Certain occupations involve a higher risk of traumatic injuries, like falls from heights, being struck by objects, or accidents involving machinery. These incidents can cause significant damage to the knees, shoulders, and other joints, including fractures, dislocations, and soft tissue injuries.

While many occupations require repetitive movements, heavy lifting, or prolonged standing, which can place stress on the body, jobs in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, and agriculture are not the only industries that can lead to these injuries.

Knee, shoulder, and other musculoskeletal injuries can also be caused by:

  • Slips, trips, and falls caused by uneven surfaces, wet floors, cluttered walkways, and inadequate lighting.
  • Repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, and bursitis, can affect workers who perform repetitive tasks or maintain awkward postures for extended periods.
  • Overexertion and strain while performing job duties can lead to muscle fatigue, ligament strain, or tendon injuries in the knees, shoulders, and other joints.
  • Lifting and carrying heavy objects can lead to sprains, strains, and other joint injuries.

Whether you work in an office or construction site, getting hurt at work should never be met with challenges from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider. Unfortunately, it happens more than most workers think. If your North Carolina employer is disputing your workers’ compensation claim or your benefits have already been denied, contact our dedicated Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation law firm to discuss your claim during a free consultation at (704)-376-1616 or online.

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