Did You Hurt Your Back At Work?
Workplace back injuries happen too frequently-we're here for you now
At Gary Martin Hays & Associates, we are ready to listen to your side of the story - we will put our experience to work on your work-related back injury case. Call us now at 1-800-898-HAYS.
Some work-related back injuries are caused by significant forces involved in an accident such as an on-the-job car accident or a construction accident. In other cases, a repetitive motion like lifting may be the source of the injury. Calculating disability benefits from a work-related back injury can be complex. The authorized physician may not be best qualified to determine the extent of the injury or the degree of treatment required, including possible surgery.
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Examples of work-related back injuries
Back injuries may take the form of bulging, herniated or ruptured discs, spinal cord injuries, chronic lower back pain or sciatica (a shooting nerve pain). Someone who is injured may experience acute pain, which is temporary, or chronic back pain, which can last for years or a lifetime.
Even in cases where no surgical treatment is required, extensive medical treatment and physical therapy may be necessary for full recovery. When this is the case, the company-selected doctor might send an injured worker back to the job before he or she is physically able to do it. Our workers' compensation attorneys work hard to get our clients the right kind of exam for their work-related back injuries.
Jobs where back injuries are common
While just about any job can lead to back pain or a back injury, the following are some of the occupations or professions where such injuries tend to be reported:
- Police officers, firefighters
- Construction workers
- Workers in offices (who may face back pain related to sitting in poorly designed chairs)
- Teachers, nurses
- Professional drivers
If you experience back pain on the job, talk to your employer immediately about making your workplace more accommodating. If the pain is affecting your ability to perform your job and you are considering filing a workers' compensation claim, talk to our law firm to learn about your options.