Work-related injuries can be incredibly stressful, especially if you fear losing your job or the financial consequences of taking time off to let your injury heal. Work injuries can also be difficult to diagnose when they are caused by repetitive tasks like lifting, bending, or sorting compared to a sudden injury or accident that is clearly linked to your job duties. At Pulgini & Norton, our Boston workers’ compensation lawyers provide legal guidance to individuals who have suffered work-related injuries. We are ready to put our experience and knowledge to use on your behalf so that you can receive the benefit award or settlement that you deserve.
In a recent case, the plaintiff worked as a sorter for a common mail carrier, which required lifting and overhead work as well as squatting. In 2009, she began complaining of pain in her neck, back, and shoulder. She reported a repetitive motion injury to her back and was out of work for a short period of time. Eventually, she returned to work against her doctor’s advice because she was afraid that she might lose her job. In 2011, she left her job due to increasing pain in her back. Three days later, she stated that she hurt her back while she was performing yard work at home. The worker received short and long-term disability payments followed by Social Security disability payments.
In 2015, the worker filed a claim for benefits based on a repetitive back strain injury. The judge assigned to the matter eventually adopted the opinion of one expert finding that the woman suffered a degenerative disc disease and that they were causally related to work for her employer and that she was permanently and totally disabled as a result. The judge rejected any insinuation that the injury stemmed from a non-work-related injury due to her many years on the job and awarded temporary incapacity benefits as well as permanent and total incapacity benefits.