The back is a complicated part of the human body but one that cannot be ignored. Back problems are quite common, especially as people age. As many as 80 percents of adults suffer from lower back pain at some time in their lives, according to the National Institute of Health, NIH, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Those who have jobs that require them to lift and carry heavy objects are most prone to back injuries while at work. Back pain is one of the most commonly reported reasons for injury-related time off of work.
Back Injuries and Pain following an Accident
There are a number of medical conditions that can cause lower back pain. For this reason, it can be difficult to prove that a back injury is work-related. Sprains and strains are the most common injury to the lower back. These injuries are usually caused by stretched or torn ligaments, tendons or muscles. These injuries are caused by improper lifting, twisting the body while lifting, or lifting something that is too heavy.
Herniated or ruptured discs and disc degeneration happen as a result of aging. These conditions can be worsened by strains and improper lifting over a period of time. Sciatica is the compression of the spinal nerve root. It can cause severe pain that radiates from the back to the leg. Pinched nerves occur when the nerve is pinched between a back disc and bone which can occur during some types of movement.
Back pain can range from mild to severe and may be temporary or chronic. Care and treatment depend on the cause and severity of the injury. A doctor will examine your back and take x-rays and other tests to determine the cause of the problem. In some cases, the back will heal after medication and relaxation. Other patients may require ongoing treatment and therapy. In some instances, a patient may require surgery to repair the damage.
What to Do If You Suffer a Back Injury at Work
A back injury can be debilitating. The first thing to do is report the injury to your supervisor or human resources. It is best to visit the doctor as soon as possible after the injury. Be sure to explain exactly what you were doing when the injury occurred. Follow the doctor’s orders to ensure that your back injury will heal properly. It is likely that you will need to be off of work for a period of time. You should inform your employer and a workers’ compensation claim should be filed. Workers’ compensation will provide you a portion of your regular pay while you are unable to work due to an on-the-job injury.
Back injury workers’ compensation claims can be complicated because there are often previous back injuries that may prevent you from getting the money you deserve. However, even if suffered a back injury in the past you may still be eligible to file a claim due to the new injury. If you were hurt at work, contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at The Bader Law Firm to discuss your case today.