After suffering a work injury, you will need compensation to cover the cost of medical treatment and lost wages.
Quadriceps are the muscles located in the front part of the thigh, they are rectoris femoris, vastus intermedius, vastus medialis, and vastus lateralis. If they are injured there is a sharp pain, bruising and swelling in the area. In this article, we will discuss some common causes of workplace quadriceps injuries.
Ways in Which Quadriceps Can Be Injured
There are a number of ways in which this type of leg injury can occur. Some of the more common include:
- Strain on the muscles – When there is too much strain on the muscles they may tear.
- No warm up before work or sports – If a person does not warm up before kicking, jumping or running, the muscles may be strained and may tear or get pulled.
- Overuse – Sometimes, the muscles may be overused and become swollen.
- Accident – Contusions may occur when the muscle receives a severe blow in some workplace accident.
Usually, quadriceps injuries can be cured by rest, applying ice, compression, and placing the leg in an elevated position.
After an injury, the person has to rest the injured leg. Ice should be applied for nearly 72 hours. If it is a mild injury the person can be looked after at home. But if the pain does not subside, it is better to seek the assistance of a doctor.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the medical practitioner may suggest measures like rehabilitation, sports massage, and electrotherapy. He may further recommend some strengthening and stretching exercises. The doctor will probably ask the person to do exercises to increase the functionality of the quadriceps muscles.
Workers Compensation Benefits
If the quadriceps injury takes place when a person is involved in discharging his duties at work, he is eligible to claim workers’ compensation. The injured worker needs to inform their employer that he has sustained such injuries at work and get compensation from the company’s insurer.
Under the workers’ compensation system, he can receive partial disability, total disability, or temporary total disability benefits. The amount of compensation will be decided on the basis of the person’s level of disability, and his average wage per week.
However, the employer may say that the injury is not work-related or took place due to some pre-existing condition. The insurer of the company may conduct an investigation and discover that the person plays a sport and the quadriceps were injured while playing.
Workers can claim compensation from some third parties as well. They may hold the manufacturer of the machinery, the driver of the car, or the person who owns the premises, responsible for the quadriceps injury and file a case against them.
Work Injury Lawyer St. Louis
If you have been injured at work, you should be receiving all of your benefits. Do not let your employer or their insurance carrier deny you your benefits. Call the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann at (314) 361-4300 or fill out our online contact form to request a free consultation.