The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports1 that back injuries are the second most common injury that occurs in the workplace after hand injuries with more than one million workers sustaining back injuries on an annual basis. Back injuries can vary widely, from sprains and strains to herniated or bulging disks to serious spinal cord injuries. No matter what type of back injury you suffer, the injury will likely have a huge effect on your life. You may have to take time from work, from exercise, or even from your everyday activities.If a back injury happens during work-related activities, your employer’s workers’ compensation coverage should provide benefits fro you including medical care and compensation for wages you lose due to your injury.
Common causes of back injuries and pain
The back has many different parts that can be injured in many different ways. The following are some of the most common ways that work can lead to a back injury:
· Lifting heavy objects
· Carrying bulky or awkward loads
· Uneven lifting
· Pulling or pushing objects
· Repeated bending over, such as to pack boxes
· Loading or unloading cargo
· Spending long hours behind the wheel of a car
· Repeatedly driving over rough terrain
· Dragging objects
· Crouching, squatting, or stooping
· Sitting in a chair that is not ergonomically friendly
· Pushing strength beyond your limits
· Working while physically fatigued
Back injuries can develop over time due to repeated activities or can happen all at once due to a single event. Either way, a back injury can cause severe pain, can limit your mobility, and may require significant treatment, rest, and therapy before you can resume your regular activities.
Treatments that may be necessary for back injuries
The specific treatment you may need for a back injury will depend on whether you sustained an injury to your spine, your muscles, or other soft tissue. Some often recommended treatment for back injuries can include as follows:
· Rest from any type of physical activity or from certain activities
· X-rays, MRIs, or other tests to diagnose the particular injury
· Muscle relaxers, narcotic painkillers, or other medication
· Physical or rehabilitative therapy
· Chiropractic care
· Ultrasound therapy
· Deep tissue massage
· Wearing a back or neck brace
· Surgical procedures
Whether you simply require medication and rest or an extensive surgery to correct the problem, your medical costs should be fully covered by workers’ compensation benefits.
If you are suffering from back pain due to a work-related injury, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Your employer should provide a list of physicians who are approved under the workers’ comp plan and the costs of care from an approved provider should be covered. If your employer tries to dispute certain treatments, you should consult with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible who can help you prove that you require the treatment. If you are temporarily or permanently disabled due to your injury, an attorney can make sure you are receiving adequate disability benefits from the workers’ comp policy. In addition, if you later aggravate the injury, your attorney can help prove that your pain stems from an injury that was initially sustained at work.
Contact a qualified Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer for help today
Back injuries can have a substantial and long-lasting effect on your life. If you sustained this type of injury because of your work, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company should provide you with the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled under the law. Back injury claims can be complex, however, as the amount of pain and the limitations you are experiencing can be difficult to concretely prove. In order to receive full benefits, you should always have an experienced Delaware workers’ comp attorney reviewing your offer and negotiating with the insurer if necessary. An attorney can present evidence of the true extent and severity of your injury in order to make sure that all of your medical costs are covered, as well as your lost income for as long as you need to rest from work to heal properly. Please do not hesitate to call the office of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC today to find out more about how we can help with your back injury case.