Nerve damage may have many causes, ranging from repetitive stress injuries to a sudden, traumatic accident. The debilitating effects of nerve damage affect workers of all backgrounds and industries. Employees suffering from the effects of nerve damage may find themselves facing a long-term or permanent disability. The experienced job injury attorneys at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck and Bertuca understand the serious effects of nerve damage upon the ability of an individual to work and to function in the same manner as they had before their injuries. Illinois law provides workers’ compensation for people who suffer nerve damage from a work-related condition or accident. By focusing on proving causation and demonstrating the medically documented consequences of work-related harm, our Chicago nerve injury lawyers have successfully helped many victims seek full compensation for their injuries.Benefits Apply to Job-Related Nerve Damage
Under Illinois law, employees injured on the job are entitled to compensation for medical treatment, temporary or permanent disability payments, and other benefits. The severity and impact of an injury affects the type and length of payments. Nerve damage is one form of injury suffered by workers throughout the state, and it may occur in varied environments and occupations, from office work to manual labor. As a common form of disability, nerve damage is an impairment that prevents workers from performing at their full capacity.
Common types of nerve injuries include paralysis of the limbs, shoulder nerve damage, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica or other back nerve damage. In some cases, victims may not have an immediate reaction, but they should be aware of warning signs, such as burning and tingling of the limbs or atrophy of muscle tissue. Pressure injuries occur when pressure on the nerves blocks transmission to and from the brain. Often, this pressure is caused by a loss of blood surrounding the nerve. Surgery may correct this kind of nerve damage, as may rehabilitation. Bruising or tearing of the nerve may be caused by an accident or trauma. Long-term damage may result from this type of injury, and paralysis may occur.
Severe nerve damage may lead to a permanent disability that requires ongoing medical care and rehabilitation. It is important to seek guidance from a nerve injury attorney in the Chicago area when this happens. If a nerve injury occurs at the workplace, or while engaging in work-related activities, the workers’ compensation system likely covers the condition. As part of “body as a whole” damage, workers may recover benefits for the percentage of the loss of function of the body that has been caused by nerve damage. Once nerve damage has affected an employee’s ability to work, they have a strong likelihood of recovering benefits through a workers’ compensation claim.
Medical treatment and any necessary surgery or physical therapy for nerve damage will be covered by workers’ compensation. Proving that a nerve injury occurred at work or developed over time because of work-related activities is important to a successful claim. In some cases, employers may attempt to argue that an employee had a preexisting condition or that their injury was not due to work-related conditions. Documented medical evidence may help strengthen a claim for benefits, as may the skilled advocacy of a workers’ compensation attorney.Hire a Knowledgeable Nerve Injury Lawyer in Chicago
If you or someone close to you has suffered nerve damage that was caused or aggravated by work, the workers’ compensation lawyers at Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck and Bertuca can help. Whether you are suffering from an industrial accident or the accumulation of repetitive motion over time, our office can help you seek compensation for your current and future needs. Our Chicago nerve injury attorneys also help victims in Springfield, Champaign, Aurora, Rockford, Quincy, and other areas of Winnebago, Adams, Champaign, Cook, and Kane Counties. For a free assessment of your case, call our office at (800) 444-1525 or contact us online.