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Raleigh, NC Workers' Comp Attorneys For Lifting Injuries

Johnston County Heavy Lifting Injury Attorneys

Workers' Compensation Lawyers in Raleigh for Overexertion and Heavy Lifting Injuries

Lifting heavy objects is a part of many occupations here in North Carolina. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for lifting and carrying objects to cause workers to suffer serious injuries. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ranks heavy lifting among the leading causes of work-related injuries in not only North Carolina but also the entire country.

If you have been injured as a result of heavy lifting or overexertion at work, the law in North Carolina provides that you should be eligible to collect benefits through the state's workers' compensation program. Collecting those benefits, however, is not always easy. Uncooperative employers and stubborn work comp insurance carriers often make the claims process much more complicated than it needs to be. The good news is that we are here to help. At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, we have successfully secured workers' comp benefits for many workers injured due to heavy lifting, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.

How Do Lifting Accidents Happen?

There are many factors that can contribute to an employee being hurt while lifting objects at work. However, most such incidents occur because the object was too heavy or the employee utilized unsafe lifting techniques. At the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC, our team has over 35 years of combined workers' compensation experience, and we can help you obtain benefits for lifting injuries caused by:

  • Too much weight: Depending on the industry and your specific job, you might regularly be asked to lift loads that are too heavy for one person to handle safely. An object that is too heavy can place tremendous strain on your muscles, your knees, your vertebrae, and your spinal discs. According to OSHA, the risk of injury is significant when a single person attempts to lift loads of 50 pounds or more without a machine or assistance from another worker.
  • Awkward positions or postures: You have probably been told time and again to lift with your legs and not your back to prevent lifting injuries. When you bend at the waist to lift a heavy load, your back must support all of the load's weight, which is extremely dangerous. Some situations may also force you to reach while you are lifting a load, such as when you are trying to place a heavy object on a shelf. OSHA recommends keeping heavy loads close to your body and in the "power zone" from the mid-chest to mid-thighs whenever possible.
  • Repetitive lifting or carrying: Any motion that must be repeated many times each workday can cause repetitive stress injuries. The danger increases when the motion involves lifting or holding a load above chest-level for long periods. In addition to the strain placed on your joints, the lactic acid buildup in your muscles can cause damage. Repetitive lifting of heavy loads can also damage joints, ligaments, and tendons over time.

Counsel for Work-Related Lifting Injuries in North Carolina

The compassionate attorneys at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC understand that a lifting injury can cause serious problems, especially when the injury is to your back or spine. Back injuries may take many years to heal completely, and in some cases, such injuries may continue to affect you for the rest of your life.

If you have suffered any type of lifting-related injury at work, our team will is ready to help you with your claim. We will provide the guidance you need and the personalized representation you deserve so that you can secure the benefits to which you are entitled under the law. Our team will not back down from insurance companies or their lawyers, and we will not be tricked into accepting a settlement that fails to meet your needs. You can depend on us to protect your rights and best interests throughout the entire process.

Speak With an Experienced Work Comp Lawyer Today

For more information about workers' compensation claims in North Carolina, contact our office today. Call 1-844-YO-PELEO or 919-989-3000 for your free, no-obligation consultation and case review at the Vasquez Law Firm, PLLC. We represent injured workers in Raleigh, Smithfield, Charlotte, Wake County, Johnston County, Mecklenburg County, and the surrounding areas. Hablamos Espanol.

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