Charlotte Workplace Shoulder and Neck Injuries Attorneys

Workers’ compensation benefits, or “workers’ comp,” can provide a financial security net after you or a loved one suffers a disabling shoulder injury or neck injury at work in Charlotte. However, it can be a difficult task to collect the benefits that you are eligible to receive. You must follow strict rules when filing your work injury claim, which could potentially be denied by your employer.

The doctor could make a mistake when diagnosing you, or your employer could claim that you are not covered by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. In other cases, employers fail to carry workers’ compensation insurance – sometimes in violation of state laws.

Whether you need help filing a claim, appealing a denied claim, disputing why your benefits were cut off, or simply learning more about your rights under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, we invite you to contact our law offices at (704) 376-1616 for a free consultation with work injury attorney Martha Ramsay, Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist serving Charlotte, NC.

Common Neck and Shoulder Injuries at Work

Every year, millions of Americans are injured at work or while performing their job duties. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 93,000 nonfatal workplace injuries happened in North Carolina during 2015, while 150 North Carolinians were killed on the job.

Fatal and nonfatal accidents occurred in all types of occupations and industries, though some were more hazardous than others. Based on injury and fatality statistics, some of the most dangerous industries in North Carolina include:

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Construction
  • Transportation and utilities

Whether you work at an office, a factory, a construction site, a moving business, a restaurant, a grocery store, a warehouse, or a different environment, there are dozens of ways for a workplace neck or shoulder injury to occur. To provide a few examples, work-related shoulder or neck injuries can be caused by:

  • Defective safety gear, work equipment, or structural components of a building
  • Falls at work, such as slip and fall accidents or falls from heights
  • Exposure to caustic or toxic fumes or chemicals
  • Exposure to fire, friction, extreme heat, or extreme cold
  • Heavy lifting
  • Physical strikes by falling objects
  • Repetitive motions, especially twisting, turning, or lifting
  • Work-related auto accidents

These and other types of accidents can cause a range of serious injuries, which may be permanently disabling or even fatal. Neck injuries are particularly likely to cause long-term disability if they involve a cervical fracture (neck fracture) or damage to the upper portions of the delicate spinal cord. Some common examples of neck injuries and shoulder injuries that can occur in the workplace include:

  • Aggravation of preexisting injuries, such as an old shoulder injury
  • Broken shoulder injuries
    • Fractured clavicle (broken collarbone)
    • Fractured humerus (broken upper arm)
    • Fractured scapula (broken shoulder blade)
  • Chemical burns to the neck or shoulder
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Disc injuries, such as bulging or herniated discs
  • Dislocated shoulder joint injuries
  • Nerve damage
  • Second degree burns, third degree burns, or fourth degree burns to the neck or shoulder
  • Torn rotator cuff injuries
  • Torn tendons and ligaments, which are called “soft tissue injuries”
  • “Whiplash,” which is the colloquial term for a cervical sprain (neck sprain) or cervical strain (neck strain) injury, often caused by rear-end collisions in multi-vehicle accidents

To learn more about filing a workers’ compensation claim for a shoulder injury or neck injury at your workplace, call the Ramsay Law Firm at (704) 376-1616 for a free consultation.