Chicago Worker’s Compensation Lawyers
Nerve damage is a common workplace injury that often occurs as a result of machinery accidents, work-related auto accidents, lifting injuries, slip and fall accidents, or repetitive stress trauma. When the nerve damage is caused by the compression or stretching of the nerve tissues, rehabilitation and recovery may be possible. But if the nerve damage is caused by a severing of the nerve tissues, the injury is often permanent since little can be done to repair a severed nerve.
The Chicago worker’s compensation lawyers at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates, Ltd. focus on helping injured employees obtain the compensation that they deserve following a workplace accident. As dedicated accident and injury lawyers, we are well-versed in the various injuries that can occur in workplace accidents, and we are equipped to handle your legal claim accordingly.
Contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago nerve damage attorneys.
Types of Work-Related Nerve and Tendon Injuries
Nerves are the body’s communication system, sending messages from the brain to muscles and organs throughout the body. If nerve damage disrupts these signals, the body is affected in a variety of ways. The following are some of the more common types of nerve damage:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Nerve compression
- Spinal cord injuries
- Ulnar nerve injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Repetitive stress injuries
Workers’ Compensation for Nerve Damage Injuries
If suffer from a work-related nerve damage, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for any accident or injury that occurs while on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. Under Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers can recover the following worker’s compensation benefits after for a work-related injury, depending on the type and severity of the injury:
- Medical expenses
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage, up to a weekly maximum payment
- Permanent total disability (PTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits, which are often paid as lump-sum payments
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits
Other Legal Claims for Nerve Damage
While workers’ compensation laws prevent an injured employee for suing his or her employer for work-related nerve damage, a third-party claim may be brought against a third-party if the injury was caused or exacerbated by the negligence or misconduct of that party. For instance, if nerve damage is exacerbated by medical malpractice that occurred while the employee was getting medical treatment after a workplace accident, the doctor or hospital may be liable for additional compensation. Similarly, if the nerve damage or other injury was the result of an auto accident that occurred while on the job, the negligent motorist could be liable in a personal injury lawsuit.
Whereas workers’ compensation benefits are determined according to the injured worker’s salary, personal injury compensation is determined based on the extent of injuries and damages suffered. Compensatory damages cover medical expenses, lost income (past and future), loss of normal life, and pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages might also be available. Punitive damages are meant to punish the negligent party for his or her wrongdoing, and deter future grossly negligent or intentional wrongdoing.
Skilled Workplace Accident Attorneys
The Chicago workplace injury attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates are committed to helping injured employees suffering from work-related nerve injuries and other injuries obtain the workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation that they deserve. Our focused experience with accident and injury law allows us to pursue your legal claims efficiently and effectively. We will guide you through the entire workers’ compensation process, from finding the necessary medical treatment and obtaining the appropriate medical records to filing a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and advocating on your behalf at a workers’ compensation hearing.
Contact our office at (800) 437-2571 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago work-related nerve damage attorneys.