Many workers have gained unique and specialized knowledge about a particular type of job. No worker plans on sustaining a career-ending injury, but such injuries happen – even when the employee and employer are trying to be careful. However, a workplace accident may be so serious that the injured worker may not be able to return to the career they know and want to try to return to. While some workers may be able to find employment in another industry that can accommodate their limitations, others may be unable to ever work again.
An experienced work injury attorney in Orange County has the knowledge and expertise necessary to help workers who have sustained career-ending injuries.
Types of Career-Threatening Injuries
Any of the following injuries could cause a disability:
● Injuries that require surgery
● Serious burns
● Neck and back injuries
● Spinal damage
● Head trauma
● Brain damage
Causes of Disabling Workplace Injuries
Workers may sustain career-threatening injuries as a result of:
Overexertion. Repetitive and/or long term damage to the body can be caused by lifting or moving heavy objects, looking up or down for long periods of time, long term inhalation of chemicals, exposure to dangerous products, and constant hand, neck and back duties.
Falls. May cause broken bones, brain damage, and even death
Struck by Objects or Equipment. May include being struck by falling objects, collapsing structures, and moving vehicles and equipment, and crushed by machinery. This may lead to limb amputations, internal organ damage, permanent brain damage, and severe head trauma
Rights And Benefits For Injured Workers
Workers who have sustained career-ending injuries may be entitled to:
● State disability
● Union disability pensions
● Long-term or permanent disability benefits
● Temporary disability benefits
● Workers’ compensation benefits
● Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
● Third-party negligence damages
● Access to long-term quality medical care
Impairments That May Qualify Workers for SSDI Benefits
Workers who sustain severe injuries to any of the following systems may receive SSDI benefits:
– Musculoskeletal system. Workers may be unable to walk, bear weight, or freely move around.
– Loss of senses. Workers may be unable to speak, see, or hear.
– Respiratory system. Conditions include asthma, cystic fibrosis, or sleep-related breathing disorders.
– Cardiovascular system. Conditions include chronic heart failure, peripheral artery disease, and recurrent arrhythmias.
– Digestive system. Conditions include liver dysfunction, inflammatory bowel disease, and short bowel syndrome.
– Genitourinary system. Conditions include kidney disorders, diastolic hypertension, nephritic syndrome, neuropathy, and anasarca.
Workers diagnosed with any of the following conditions may also qualify for SSDI benefits:
● Sickle cell disease
● Coagulation defects
● Chronic anemia
● Bullous disease
● Disorders causing hormonal imbalances
● Parkinsonian syndrome
● Cerebral palsy
● Mental disorders
● Malignant neoplastic diseases
● Immune system disorders
The Next Step
Choosing a competent work injury lawyer in Orange County may help you obtain all of the benefits you deserve. To discuss your claim with award-winning attorney Thomas F. Martin, call us today at 714-547-5025 or reach out to us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.