Workers' Compensation for Orthopedic Injuries (With Infographic)
An orthopedic injury is damage to any part of the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones, joints, tendons, ligaments and surrounding soft tissue. Orthopedic injuries are a common complaint among South Carolina workers. Orthopedic injuries can be caused by repetitive movements, sudden stress such as twisting or jerking or the impact of a fall or being struck by objects.
When a job-related accident or the cumulative effects of your working conditions cause an orthopedic injury that leaves you unable to work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Because orthopedic injuries can also be caused by the wear and tear of age or an active lifestyle, it is not unusual for employers to have to fight for workers’ comp claims for their orthopedic injuries.