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Workers’ Compensation: Work-Related Neck Injuries in Iowa

Workers in Iowa are occasionally at risk of suffering serious neck injuries. These painful incidents can occur as a result of sudden accidents or the cumulative strain from regular workplace activities, a contrast to amputations which typically result from acute incidents. The danger is often heightened by unsafe working conditions or practices.


Common Workplace Injuries - Neck Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Common Causes of Neck Injuries

  • Machinery Accidents: Workers can suffer neck injuries due to sudden jolts, or when their necks are caught in inadequately guarded machines or equipment.
  • Falls: Severe falls can lead to neck injuries, especially in construction or industrial settings where workers are often at height.
  • Heavy Lifting: Improper lifting techniques or lifting overly heavy objects can strain or injure the neck.
  • Repetitive Strain: Constant, repetitive movements can gradually wear down the neck’s muscles and ligaments, leading to chronic pain or injury.

Common Types of Neck Injuries

  • Whiplash: A common injury often resulting from sudden jolts or impacts, causing strain to the neck muscles and ligaments.
  • Herniated Disc: Occurs when a disc in the spine ruptures or slips, often due to heavy lifting or a traumatic event, causing pain in the neck.
  • Neck Strain: Often results from repetitive motion or maintaining an awkward position for extended periods.
  • Neck Fracture: A break in the cervical bone, typically caused by severe trauma, such as falls or impacts.

Impact on Daily Work Functions

Neck injuries can significantly affect an individual’s capacity to perform at work, leading to:

  • Decreased Productivity: Pain and restricted motion can limit the tasks a worker is able to perform efficiently.
  • Increased Absenteeism: Workers may require time off for treatment, recovery, and, in some cases, surgery.
  • Limited Mobility: Neck injuries can restrict head and neck movements, making it challenging to perform tasks that require full range of motion.
  • Mental Health Issues: The chronic pain or the traumatic nature of the injury can lead to anxiety, depression, or PTSD.

If you’ve suffered a work-related neck injury, don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re here to back you and take on insurers and defense teams on your behalf, just as we have for numerous clients throughout Eastern Iowa. Call (319) 366-7888 for your free consultation.

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Workers face a wide range of risks and potential injuries in the workplace every day. The various injuries people face are as diverse as the different types of work environments they go to. Some common types of injuries that workers face include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia and incomplete paralysis)
  • Broken bones/ fractures
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Shoulder injuries

These injuries can leave you with mounting medical bills at the same time you are suffering lost wages. This can create serious financial uncertainty for an individual or a family.

Construction workers face one of the most dangerous work environments. Their work makes them susceptible to work site accidents as well as injuries from simple wear and tear on the body.

They also face the challenge of working in an ever-changing work environment. Every day construction workers may be asked to carry out their duties in a physical space that changes as the construction itself progresses. New trenches may have been dug. New wiring may be in place. To remain safe, a construction worker must be aware of the changes that occur on a site and adapt his or her behavior accordingly.

Workers also face risk from using heavy machinery and power tools such as:

If you are injured in a construction accident, you need to recover all of the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve. In Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, I am among the most experienced lawyers you can enlist to help achieve that. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 319-366-7888 or contact my office online.

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With over 30 years of experience in successfully navigating clients through their workers’ comp claims, Mark Chipokas is a dedicated attorney with a deep understanding of workers’ compensation law, committed to helping his clients maximize their benefits.