According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), over three million people were injured in nonfatal workplace accidents in 2013. In many instances, these injuries involved individuals’ legs, hips, or other lower extremities. When these injuries occur, workers are often unable to return to work. In addition to lost compensable time from work and wages, these injured workers often incur extensive medical costs.
A hip injury can make it difficult or impossible for many workers to continue to perform their job duties. If a hip injury arose from an accident on the job or work conditions over a long period of time, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
What Are Hip and Leg Injuries?
Workplace hip injuries are relatively common. While a desk position is less likely to result in such an injury, some occupations place an extraordinary demand on the hip and pelvic region. These include jobs that require heavy lifting, squatting, crawling, climbing, stooping, twisting, pivoting and bending at the waist. Often, injuries occur acutely and the onset of symptoms can be directly related to a specific event, such as a slip or fall. Or an individual may experience the gradual onset of symptoms during a common workplace activity that eventually leads to dysfunction, pain and the inability to perform the requirements of your job.
Injury to the leg can be debilitating to an active employee. Leg injuries can make standing, walking around or even sitting painful, and even impossible. The leg can be injured in a variety of ways. Various types of overuse injuries are among the most common for worker’s compensation injury cases. Overuse injuries to the leg can include shin splints caused by walking constantly on a hard store floor, or be stress fractures due to minor but repetitive impacts from something like a cart or a drawer. Other common injuries to the leg include lacerations or cuts received from sharp edges. The leg is commonly fractured, or in severe cases even broken in car crashes or due to a fall. Leg injuries due to being pinned or trapped in machinery have also been reported.
Common work-related leg injuries in St. Petersburg include:
Acute (sudden onset) injuries include:
- Muscle strain, including:
- Hip flexor (front of hip)
- Adductor (groin pull)
- Hamstring (back of hip/thigh)
- Acetabular labral tear
- Stress fracture
- Apophyseal avulsion injury
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
- Hip Joint subluxation/dislocation
Chronic (gradual onset) injuries include:
- Stress fracture
- Proximal femur/femoral neck
- Femoroacetabular impingement
- Acetabular labral tear
- Acetabular articular cartilage lesion
- Greater trochanteric bursitis
- Hip abductor tendon tear
- Gluteus medius
- Gluteus minimus
- Piriformis syndrome
Causes of St. Petersburg Hip and Leg Injuries
The following are only some examples of the ways in which individuals commonly suffer hip and leg injuries while on the job:
- Slip and falls
- Vehicle accidents
- Defective footwear
- Defective work tools
- Falls from heights
- Defective safety equipment
- Slippery floors
- Liquid spills
- Improper facility maintenance
No matter what type of accident occurred, victims of work-related hip and leg injuries deserve to receive adequate benefits to cover their medical expenses and are entitled to lost income. Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complex and confusing process. It is always imperative to have the guidance of a skilled St. Petersburg workers’ compensation attorney throughout the process.
Overexertion injuries from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying and/or throwing are the most common non-fatal serious injuries suffered in the U.S. workplace.
Workers who use the weight of their body to push and pull heavy objects or otherwise place constant stress on their hips are subject to overexertion injuries that can cause hip sprains and strains, labral tears or tendinitis. More often, a work-related hip injury is suffered in a fall or by being hit by or against something, such as in a truck or forklift accident.
Call a St. Petersburg Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you have injured your leg and/or hip in a work-related accident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The attorneys at the Dolman Law Group are experienced St. Petersburg workers’ compensation attorneys who are prepared to review your case today and to assist you with that process to make certain that you receive all of the compensation to which you are entitled for your work related injuries. Please call our office at (727) 222-6922.
Dolman Law Group
1663 1st Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712