These work-related injuries often require expensive surgery
Some workplace injuries can devastate the lives of workers and their families. Not only do they cause physical pain and emotional distress, but they also result in costly medical bills and lost wages.
Some injuries suffered on the job can be serious enough to require surgery, which could increase your financial hardships. Below, we will focus on three unfortunately common workplace injuries that may require surgical procedures.
Back and spine injuries
Injury to the back or spine can occur in virtually any occupation. Job duties that require frequent bending, lifting and carrying are the causes of many such injuries.
Depending on the severity and location of the injury, surgery may be necessary to stabilize the spine, decompress nerves, fuse the vertebrae or replace damaged discs.
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
A blow or penetration to the head can affect the brain’s ability to function normally. Extensive damage can cause symptoms like confusion, memory loss and seizure disorders. It is also a top cause of death and disability. Surgery may be required to repair skull fractures, relieve pressure, remove blood clots or implant devices that monitor brain activity.
Few things are as devastating as burn injuries, whether from flames, chemicals, radiation or hot liquids. Burns destroy tissue, leaving patients in pain and suffering from serious mobility issues.
With severe burns that cover a large surface area, skin grafts and other surgical procedures are often necessary to promote recovery and improve mobility.
If you had to cover the costs of surgery and other treatments yourself, you could be looking at hundreds of thousands or more in losses. Fortunately, most California employers must cover employee injuries through workers’ compensation insurance. Consider obtaining legal guidance to help ensure that your workers’ comp benefits address the treatments you need and help support your family.