Learn About the Most Common Work Injuries in Oregon

When it comes to on-the-job injuries, workers’ compensation covers thousands of different types every day. However, some types of injuries are more common than others—and Mark Thesing sees its fair share of similar cases. If you’ve been hurt at work, there’s a good chance your injury is one covered by workers’ compensation, because there’s a good chance that your injury is common—and I can help you navigate this process.

Common Injuries Sustained on the Job

The human body is quite hardy, but there are thousands of ways to hurt yourself while working. Some of the most common work injuries in Oregon vary from mild to severe; however, if your injury requires professional medical treatment, it’s likely you’ll receive benefits in the form of wage loss payments and covered medical care.

Back Injuries: Hernias, fractures, and simple strains are all injuries that can put you out of action—even if you work a relatively easygoing job. There are some exceptions, however—arthritic changes are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Knee Injuries: Knee injuries can be painful, but they don’t always stop employees from performing their daily duties. In many cases, physicians will advise you to avoid kneeling, crouching or otherwise bending your knees in a significant way.

Shoulder Injuries: If you work in a job that emphasizes physical labor, you may be troubled to learn that should injuries are usually accompanied by bans on lifting or reaching. However, there are still plenty of activities that are safe to perform - depending on the severity of your injury.

Ankle and Foot Injuries: Some of the most common workplaces injuries result from items dropped on employees’ feet. Usually, this results in a sprain, and you’ll be advised by your doctor to stay off your feet for a while.

Understanding Your Medical Evaluation

If your doctor does not elect to order an MRI to detect soft tissue tears, it’s likely that in their professional opinion, you have a simple strain. If they think that you have a serious bone fracture, they will order a CAT scan. If you are convinced that there is something more serious than a strain causing your pain, you may pay out-of-pocket to undergo an MRI or CAT scan. Workers’ compensation will reimburse you afterward if your claim is accepted.

Contact my office to request more information about my approach to common work injuries. Legal services are available for residents of Oregon.