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Workers' Compensation Coverage For New York Workplace Lifting Injuries

Most jobs involve lifting of some kind, but for some New Yorkers, heavy lifting at work is a constant source of back injury, arm strain, and shoulder pain. For people like healthcare workers, hospital workplace injuries due to heavy lifting are prevalent. Likewise, construction workers, truckers, factory workers, and delivery van drivers hurt their backs all the time due to lifting heavy loads. Here are just a few circumstances that can lead to on-the-job lifting injuries, all of which are eligible for workers compensation benefits:

  • Lifting patients off of gurneys
  • Pushing large patients in wheelchairs
  • Helping heavy patients walk
  • Unloading commercial trucks
  • Stocking new inventory
  • Operating heavy machinery
  • Preparing forklift loads
  • Stacking delivery van boxes
  • Lifting moving company cargo
  • Carrying full garbage cans

Types of work injuries that can result from lifting

Warehouse worker lifting a stack of heavy boxes

Heavy lifting can put significant strain on certain parts of the body. We’ve represented numerous New Yorkers with shoulder and rotator cuff injuries, wrist injuries, knee injuries, and back injuries from lifting. Lifting injuries can range from relatively minor injuries such as pulled muscles, sprains, and strains, to slipped discs and even nerve damage.

What all these injuries have in common is that they can significantly affect your ability to work. But it’s not just short-term pain and medical treatment; it’s the permanent impact on your mobility and flexibility.

That’s why you need an experienced attorney with a proven track record of getting full compensation for New York workers with lifting injuries. If you’ve been hurt, we can help.

How long do lifting injuries last? How do you recover?

Some types of lifting injuries may heal quickly. Others can linger for weeks, months, or years. Either way, the first step towards recovering from your lifting injury is having a doctor diagnose exactly what’s wrong. Don’t wait. Make a doctor’s appointment as soon as possible after your work-related injury.

This is important for two reasons. One, the sooner you receive medical treatment, the quicker you will hopefully recover. Two, seeing a doctor creates documentation of your injury to support your workers’ compensation claim.

It’s also important to follow your doctor’s instructions. If you’re not sure about something your doctor said, don’t ignore it. Get a second opinion if necessary. You know your body best, but you also shouldn’t try to diagnose and treat yourself. Again, this is important for two reasons: following medical advice helps you recover from your injury, and it will also make your claim stronger.

How do you document a lifting injury at work?

Report the injury to your employer in writing and keep a copy for your own records. You should also keep copies of medical records documenting your injury. It’s often a good idea to keep a journal of your symptoms and their effects on your work and quality of life as well. These records can become key evidence in your workers’ compensation claim.

Call a Relentless New York Workers' Comp Lawyer For Heavy Lifting Work Injury

The New York Law Offices of Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP knows how severe lifting injury pain can be and aggressively negotiate with insurance companies on our clients' behalf. We also have over 90 years of experience representing union members, so if you are part of a local union, contact us today. Call us toll-free at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation with a lawyer familiar with lifting injuries in the workplace. We can help you pursue the workers' compensation benefits you deserve. Every conversation is confidential, and we serve the entire NYC area, from Suffolk County to Staten Island to Westchester.