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Workers’ Compensation: Work-Related Paralysis Injuries in Iowa

Employees in Iowa are sometimes confronted with the harrowing reality of paralysis. Such incapacitating incidents primarily stem from accidents or severe injuries and are not a result of the gradual wear and tear of the body. Unsafe work environments or negligent practices often contribute to these life-altering occurrences


Common Workplace Injuries - Paralysis in Workers’ Compensation Cases

Common Causes of Paralysis

  • Machinery Accidents: Employees may face the risk of paralysis when involved in accidents with poorly safeguarded machinery or equipment.
  • Falls: In workplaces, especially within the realms of construction or industrial settings, severe falls can lead to spinal injuries, resulting in temporary or permanent paralysis.
  • Crush Injuries: Heavy objects or equipment can inflict spinal injuries, leading to varying degrees of paralysis.
  • Electrocutions: Severe electrical burns or shocks can cause damage to the nervous system, potentially leading to paralysis.

Types of Paralysis

  • Monoplegia: This type of paralysis affects a single part of the body, usually due to localized nerve damage.
  • Hemiplegia: Occurs when one side of the body is paralyzed, often resulting from brain injuries.
  • Paraplegia: This involves paralysis of the lower half of the body, typically attributed to spinal cord injuries.
  • Quadriplegia: All four limbs and the torso are affected, generally resulting from severe spinal cord injuries.

Impact on Daily Work Functions

Paralysis can have a profound impact on an individual’s professional life, leading to:

  • Decreased Productivity: As affected individuals may find their task performance limited due to loss of movement and sensation.
  • Increased Absenteeism: Victims of paralysis may need extended periods away from work for rehabilitation and adjusting to their altered physical state.
  • Limited Mobility: Restricted movement can inhibit the performance of tasks involving walking, standing, or manual handling.
  • Mental Health Issues: The psychological impact of paralysis can manifest as anxiety, depression, or PTSD due to the drastic change in physical abilities and lifestyle.

If you or a loved one is facing the aftermath of a work-related paralysis, reach out for support. Our experienced team is dedicated to advocating for your rights, challenging insurers and defense teams. We stand with the affected workers of Eastern Iowa. Contact us at (319) 366-7888 for your free, confidential 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.