Receiving Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Workplace Injuries to Your Neck, Back, or Spine
Accidents involving the neck, back, and spine often lead to some of the most serious, painful, and long-lasting injuries sustained in the workplace. They are also very common. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 155,740 back and spine injuries were reported during the year 2015 alone.
Causes of Injuries
Workplace neck, back, and spine damage often results from overextension of the spine due to the frequent pushing, pulling, and lifting of heavy objects. Overexertion and the use of defective equipment may also lead to these types of injuries. Neck, back, and spine injuries are particularly common in the fields of manufacturing, mining, construction, and automotive repair.
Types of Injuries
Common workplace neck, back, and spine injuries include lower back pain, pinched nerves, fractured vertebrae, and spinal cord damage. Injuries that seem minor at first can prove to be very serious. Severe spinal problems—including bulging discs, herniated discs, and pinched nerves—can hide behind seemingly mild back pain or numbness in the arms or legs. Disabilities resulting from these injuries may include:
- Temporary disability. The worker can return to his job duties once he has recovered from his injuries.
- Permanent partial disability. The employee may return to work after recovering from his injuries, but he will no longer be able to perform his previous job duties.
- Permanent total disability. The worker is unable to return to his former job.
You Need an Attorney
If you have a workplace neck, back, or spine injury, seek treatment immediately. The spinal area is extremely delicate, and postponing a visit to your doctor may result in irreversible damage.
When you experience a workplace injury, workers’ compensation covers your medical expenses and disability payments while you’re unable to work. These claims are often aggressively contested by employers, and that’s why you need an experienced workers’ compensation attorney fighting for you. To discuss your claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by using the form on this page.