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Overexertion the cause of many workplace injuries

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

In North Carolina and across the country, some jobs are more dangerous than others. Construction work, law enforcement and firefighting are among the jobs that seem to carry the largest amount of risk for employee injuries. However, workplace injuries can occur in just about any setting. Those who try to overexert themselves at their jobs also run the risk of developing painful and debilitating conditions.

Symptoms and causes of overexertion injuries

Overexertion is described as pushing oneself too hard and beyond one’s physical capabilities. A number of factors can influence the level of overexertion, such as a person’s age and general health, as well as the specific task or activity the worker must complete. Overexertion can result from trying to lift items that are too heavy, not using proper lifting techniques and more. Even repetitive strain can be considered a form of overexertion.

Overexertion can present itself in a variety of injuries. These include sprains and muscles tears, bone fractures and muscle strain. These injuries can cause debilitating pain along with reduced movement, and many of the injuries take a long time to recover, with some resulting in permanent, chronic injuries. The injuries can cause a host of other problems besides pain.

Right to benefits

Those in North Carolina who can no longer work due to overexertion or repetitive motion injuries retain the right to receive workers’ compensation to help them with lost wages, medical expenses and other costs. The process is notoriously difficult and challenging to successfully navigate, and many claimants have their initial claims denied. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney for assistance throughout the process.