Potential Danger of Back Injuries
Back injuries are one of the most common type of workplace injury. Hence, they encompass a large percentage of workers compensation claims. Serious back injuries often affect the spinal column, resulting in slipped, herniated or ruptured discs, fractured vertebrae and/or nerve damage. Back injuries can also affect muscle and soft tissue, resulting in tears, sprains, strains and general overuse.
Back injuries aren't just limited to physically-demanding occupations.
Some back injuries occur suddenly, such as from a fall or a vehicle accident. However, many back injuries occur over time, from the repeated manual lifting and moving of heavy objects, or from tasks that involve the twisting and bending of the torso. In fact, the hazards that cause back injuries aren't just limited to physically-demanding occupations like construction and manufacturing, we see many professional and clerical workers with serious back injuries too.
Based on our experiences with injured workers, many back injuries require lengthy treatment and rehabilitation. In addition to pain and ongoing medical treatment, injured employees also suffer a loss of wages for missed work. Back injuries may also result in partial or permanent disability, or even paralysis. If you have injured your back in a work-related incident and need legal assistance, do not hesitate to contact us for help.