Work Injury Lawyer Boca Raton
Construction workers face a variety of significant dangers each time they set foot on a jobsite. There are risks associated with trip-and-falls, falling from a distance, trench collapse, falling objects and burns/explosions, just to name a few. These scenarios often result in acute injuries associated with a specific accident, and the corresponding dangers are well-documented (though still sadly common). What many workers aren’t aware of, however, are the long-term effects associated with construction work. Bodily “wear and tear” from construction work can be significant over time, and there are even certain injuries associated with long-term use of power tools that vibrate.
If you’re thinking that you may have a medical condition associated with your long-term use of vibrating power tools, you may be right. Construction workers are generally tough individuals and may be reluctant to seek medical attention and legal guidance related to their long-term injuries. However, it’s important to speak with a work injury lawyer Boca Raton, Florida residents trust instead of dismissing your medical challenges outright. Speaking with the team at Franks, Koenig, & Neuwelt doesn’t commit you to filing a workers’ compensation claim or otherwise taking action. However, discussing your circumstances with an experienced Boca Raton work injury lawyer will allow you to make an informed decision about your legal options at this time and moving forward.
The Risks of Excessive Vibration
Most tools used on a construction site create vibration on purpose or as a byproduct of other functions. Tools that rely on vibration include plate compactors and jackhammers. But nearly every tool creates some vibration as a byproduct of use – even battery-powered drills. When using such tools, most of that vibration gets absorbed into your hands, arms, torso and back.
Some amount of vibration is fine, but excessive amounts (over a prolonged period of time) can lead to a condition known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) that disrupts circulation and nerve function in your upper limbs. This condition is estimated to impact more than half a million construction workers in the United States.
Symptoms and Health Effects
HAVS often begins with fingers turning white. You may also feel numbness or tingling in the fingers, hands and arms. Over time, the pain could increase significantly, you may suffer a severely reduced sense of touch, you might lose grip strength/range of motion and suffer damage to the muscles and bones throughout your upper limbs.
Once you recognize symptoms of HAVS, you can stop the progression (by ceasing working with vibrating tools), but the damage is usually irreversible. It also leaves you at an increased risk of developing a similar condition known as Raynaud’s Syndrome.
Seeking Workers’ Compensation
HAVS and Raynaud’s Syndrome are both medically recognized conditions. As such, if you develop one or both, you should be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Because the damage done is irreversible and you may be considered partially disabled, part of your benefits may need to include retraining for other work.
Working with an experienced Boca Raton work injury lawyer is a great way to make the process easier and ensure that your needs are adequately addressed by your employer and the insurance company.
Contact a Work Injury Lawyer Boca Raton Trusts
Our firm is proud to represent Florida workers injured on the job. We offer experienced guidance in all aspects of workers’ compensation. To learn more about how we can help you, please give us a call to arrange an initial consultation with a Boca Raton work injury lawyer who really cares.