Hernias at Work
The CDC places hernias along with carpal tunnel and strains, sprains and tears in the category of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. A hernia is an abnormal protrusion of tissue, which can cause pain, discomfort, numbness, tingling and trouble moving. Common hernias include abdominal hernias (a protrusion of the intestine in the abdominal cavity) and herniated disks (protrusion of one or more of the disks that cushion vertebrae in the spine). Hernias can be sustained at work from heavy lifting or a fall. They can occur suddenly or develop over time. Hernia injuries are fairly common, and surgery combined with physical therapy can repair the injury. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if your hernia was sustained at work, or if your pre-existing hernia condition was exacerbated by workplace activity.
Feel free to contact the law offices of Gilbert, Blaszcyk & Milburn for a free consultation on your possible claim.