Industrial Accident Compensation Lawyers Palm Beach County
Many injured workers developed muscle strains after forceful movements such as lifting, carrying or dropping a heavy object or twisting in an unexpected or sudden manner. Sometimes people feel a pop or tear when the injury happens. However, these signs and symptoms can vary in intensity, depending on the severity of the sprain. Sprains and Strains are common industrial accident injuries and our Florida, Georgia and Illinois workers’ compensation lawyers are familiar with the various types of sprain and strain accidents that occur during work place accidents.
Sprains are injuries to ligaments which are tissues that connect bone to bone. Tendons connect muscle to bone. Strains are injuries to muscles, tendons, or both. They are often caused by a twisting or pulling injury. Your workers’ compensation doctors diagnose and recommend treatment for sprain and strain injuries according to “grades” of severity:
Classification of Sprains
Grade I sprain: Creates pain and tenderness due to overstretching or slight tearing of the ligaments without joint instability. Symptoms include slight swelling and bruising with minimal pain. Weight can be placed on the injured joint.
Grade II sprain: Causes partial tearing of the ligament. These injuries will typically result in bruising, pain and swelling. Difficulty with weight bearing may also be noticed.
Grade III sprain: Involves complete ruptures or ligament tears. Those with Grade III sprains will experience severe pain, bruising and swelling with no ability for weight bearing.
Classification of Strains
Grade I Strain: Mild muscle fibers damaged. Expect healing within two to three weeks.
Grade II Strain: No complete muscle ruptures, though moderate to extensive muscle fibers damage may be found. Healing can occur within three to six weeks varying on the degree of damage.
Grade III Strain: Complete and severe muscle rupture. Surgical and repair is necessary and recovery can last up to three months with appropriate therapy.
The experienced sprain and strain workers’ compensation injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt understand that even sprain and strain injuries can cause debilitating pain and disability. If you are hurt at work and think you may have suffered a sprain or strain injury, you may be considering seeking medical attention. If you are in this situation, remember these signs to determine when you should seek medical attention for a Sprain or Strain.
If you experience:
- Severe pain and cannot put weight on the affected joint;
- Tenderness at the joint upon touching or applied pressure.
- Deformed or misaligned appearance when compared to pain free joint.
- Joint immobilized (if you can’t move it).
- Inability to walk without severe pain.
- Feeling of joint giving way or buckling.
- Redness spreading out from the injury.
Common Types of Strains Include:
A lumbar strain happens when the muscle fibers are unusually stretched or torn in the low back. These accidents or injuries cause varying degrees of microscopic tears in the tissue. A lumbar strain is considered one of the most common workplace injuries and is caused by overuse, improper use, repetitive use and physical trauma are the most common causes of lumbar strains and sprains.
A shoulder strain is caused from damage to the connective and muscular tissues that support and moves the many joints that make up the shoulder. Chronic injury can result following an injury as the surrounding muscles and connective tissues are the source of shoulder joint stability. The upper thoracic spine should also be considered when diagnosing shoulder strains and sprain, specifically when overhead reaching is compromised.
An ankle sprain is one of the most common injuries in professional and recreational sports and activities. However, many workers suffer from ankle injuries due to many causes, including tripping of improperly fastened carpeting, moving quickly to avoid coworkers or being hit or stepped on. Ankle sprains occur when the foot unexpectedly turns inward or outward injuring the lateral ligaments.
A wrist sprain often occur after a fall in which the worker lands on an extended hand and stretches or tears the ligaments of the wrist.
An elbow sprain is often referred to as tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. Tennis elbow is typically caused by a repetitive trauma injury that occurs over an extended period of time due to recurring use of the muscles. Small tears and other damage to the tendons that attach muscles of the forearm to the lateral epicondyle of the elbow create pain and difficulty with movement.
If you believe you have a work-related sprain or strain injury call one of the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today.
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