Hand-related injuries are some of the most common injuries occurring in the workplace, but what is second to them? According to OSHA, back injuries are second-most prevalent and include many different types such as lower back strain, bulging and herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, pinched nerves, and spinal cord damage. Many of these accidents in the workplace are caused by twisting of the spine from heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, and poor posture.
Back injuries that happen in the workplace can be painful and require extended treatments, or time away from work to recover to the best of your ability. Because it can leave an enormous strain on your life, you may be able to recover compensation for the following aspects:
- Medical treatments relating to your injury, such as chiropractic care or surgery for your spine
- Lost wages if you are unable to work for a long period of time
- Pain and suffering if your back injury causes you discomfort
- Lack of future work opportunities due to the impact of your injury
- Punitive damages if negligence was involved
Receiving Compensation for Your Back Injury
If you receive any type of injury at work, including a back injury, you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. Workers’ comp pays for things like medical bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and more. However, to begin this process, you need to speak to your employer about your injury on form and usually in person. Your employer will help you through the process and help you arrive at the compensation you need for your injury.
How Severity Can Affect Damages
If your back injury is especially severe, you could see a change in the damages you receive – for instance, you could see an increase. If you receive a severe injury, for instance, and miss a lot of time at work, you could receive more damages to make up for the time you have lost. The legal system works to make you “whole” when you receive the most severe type of back injuries.
Because there are many aspects of your case that could affect your claim, it is important to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about what you can do. As you know, there are many different things that could go wrong in a serious accident, and you may miss time at work or never return to the lifestyle you once lived. Call us today for information on how we can help you.