Neck injuries can be minor and may be resolved in just a couple weeks, while other neck injuries can be more serious and last for months at a time. Some neck injuries are permanent. If an employer is not taking all the necessary steps to protect the health and safety of their employees to minimize their risks for shoulder injuries, neck injuries, back injuries, and other injuries in the workplace - you may have a workers compensation claim.
Many neck injuries in the workplace are a result of repetitive motion injuries. Performing the same task over and over, or tasks that use only a limited range of motion to complete puts you at risk for repetitive motion injuries, including a variety of neck injuries. You may not even realize that your neck pain is a result of a work related injury, because the symptoms from repetition or limited range of motion can develop very slowly until one day you wake up and experience severe symptoms or pain.
Many workplace injuries involving necks are caused by:
- Slipping or falling type accidents
- Tripping over inventory or items that should not be in the travel path
- Injuries caused by falling objects in the workplace
- Repetitive motion or limited range of motion injuries required of job duties
- Inappropriate manual handling
Workplace neck injuries that are considered fairly minor may result in damage to the muscles, tendons, ligaments or tissues in the neck area. More severe injuries to the neck can cause prolapsed discs in the spine, paraplegia or quadriplegia.
In some cases, even if you had previous neck problems you can file a workers compensation neck injury claim - if an existing neck condition has been made worse from your job responsibilities, or you have symptoms occurring that you otherwise wouldn't have experienced for many more years into the future as a result of your job responsibilities.