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Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Nerve Damage?

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It is possible to receive a nerve related injury in nearly any kind of work environment. Because of this, a lot of workers’ compensation covers injuries involve nerve damage. If you have sustained nerve damage while you were on the job and need to file a workers’ compensation claim as a result, reach out to your local South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers to help you get the most out of your claim.

What Injuries Can Cause Nerve Damage?

The three most frequent ways of sustaining nerve damage are trauma, repetitive use and as a result of an illness. Trauma and repetitive use are most commonly work related. A traumatic injury such as a fall can cause nerve damage that can lead to permanent disability, paralysis or death in the most serious cases. Repetitive motions can also cause nerve damaging injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome sustained from overextended wrist movements.

How Does Nerve Damage Occur?

Nerve damage primarily occurs one of two ways. The first involves tearing, stretching or bruising the nerve or its surrounding tissue and is more commonly associated with traumatic injuries. This is associated with a more serious kind of nerve damage that can lead to limitations of strength and movement, permanent injury and even paralysis.

The second way nerve damage occurs is due to pressure on the nerve that blocks the signals from the nerve to the brain. This type of damage can be caused by trauma or by repetitive motions that cause stress to the area over time. These nerve injuries can be less serious, and efforts like physical therapy and treatment can regenerate and even restore nerve function.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

Regulations vary by state, but in general, employees make payments into workers’ compensation insurance. In turn, they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits should the need for it arise. Workers’ compensation includes a weekly compensation, permanent impairment benefits, medical bill payments and vocational rehabilitation.

Are There Any Exclusions to Workers’ Compensation?

While most occupations do include workers’ compensation benefits, there are unfortunately some that do not. Noteworthy occupations that are not eligible to make workers’ compensation claims are railroad workers, dockworkers, shipbuilders and anyone working on board a ship.

For those employees who are eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim, filing a claim against the employer is not possible. While injured employees can receive compensation for bills related to the injury, they cannot receive compensation for their pain, suffering or other negative effects of the injury.

In serious cases, however, there can be some caveats to the workers’ compensation system. This is where the aid of a workers’ compensation lawyer is essential. If you’ve been injured on the job and sustained resulting nerve damage, the workers’ compensation lawyers at Harris & Graves can help get you the compensation you deserve for your injury.