When You Hurt Your Back at Work and Need Help
Too many back injuries represent excruciating pain. Some say the worst part isn’t even the initial insult. Even after months of physical therapy and sometimes spinal surgery, the effects can seemingly last forever. If you’ve hurt your back at work, you need help negotiating through the workers’ compensation system.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration “OSHA” provides extensive information concerning back disorders and injuries. According to national statistics, more than twenty percent of all workplace accidents involve some type of back injury. In some cases, the harm may be caused by a traumatic event. In others, a person’s back problems may develop over a long course of time. For example, the repetitive motion of lifting and bending can cause someone to develop spinal problems.
Work Accidents and Back Injuries
Construction workers and warehouse workers are just two professions that are subject to experiencing back problems as a part of their daily chores. In many cases, the employer may supply the employee with back support designed to protect the worker.
However, it just takes an awkward move for someone to get hurt at work. Many times the employee may hesitate to report an accident. In fact, this is particularly true if the worker has a preexisting condition. However, under New Jersey workers’ compensation laws, workplace accidents should be reported and treated appropriately.
Meanwhile, any type of worker can suffer a traumatic event that results in a back injury. Here are some other types of work accidents that can happen in any occupation:
- Motor Vehicle Accident: (provided that the worker was deemed to be in the course of their employment at the time of the incident)
- Slip, trip, and fall Accident: An office worker could slip on a wet surface. Another type of employee might fall on ice in a company parking lot.
- Exerting too much force: Pushing and pulling something heavy may result in a back injury. This could occur due to one event or on a continuous basis.
If you think your back injury is related to something on the job, it is crucial to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to review the facts of your claim.
Types of Back Injuries
There are a number of back injuries that can result in extreme pain and sometimes permanent disability. You can fracture your spine and even become paralyzed as a result of a back injury. On the other end of the spectrum, your doctor might tell you that you have a lumbosacral sprain or strain. However, the latter can result in an enormous onset of pain. A herniated disc can also become a problem if you have suffered a work-related accident.
At the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone, we have nearly thirty years of helping workers’ compensation claimants. If you were hurt at work, we’re here to help. There is no charge for you to meet with us. The court determines our fee at the end of the case. Contact us now!