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Making Claims On Workplace Back Injuries Or Pain

Workplace Back Injuries
Back pain is no joke. You don't realize how central to your well-being your back is until it starts hurting. What's even worse is if you have a back injury that limits your range of motion. Back pain or injury can be caused by activities you do at work, which can make you eligible for a workers' compensation claim. 

About Back Disorders

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability in working aged people. The back is a complex mechanism composed of muscles, tendons, and discs that provide your body with stability and a range of motion. Back pain can result in the cumulative effects of exceeding your capabilities.

In fact, there are two types of back pain - acute and chronic. Acute pain typically stems from an injury, even if it's a minor one. It might be sharper than chronic pain, but it's temporary. Chronic pain can be caused by different factors ranging from injury to improper posture and can last a lifetime.

Back injuries fall into a wide range, too. A back injury can be as simple as a pulled muscle from picking something up improperly to spinal cord damage. Common back injuries include pinched nerves, bulging, herniated, or slipped discs, and strained muscles.

Getting Injured At Work

The most common causes of back injuries are lifting heavy items. They occur when workers lift the item improperly or twist while lifting. Pushing or pulling heavy items improperly can also cause back injuries. 

Back pain and injury can also occur from repetitive motions. So, even if you didn't lift a box improperly, repeatedly lifting heavy boxes can strain the mechanics of the back.

Conversely, poorly designed workplaces can lead to improper posture. Extended periods of sitting or standing with improper posture can lead to misaligned vertebrae, pulled muscles, and general back pain.

Almost any work environment can contribute to a back injury. To be eligible for workers' compensation, the injury has to have occurred at the workplace or in the scope of employment. Injuries suffered at work-related events are also covered as long as there was no intoxication involved.

Hiring A Lawyer for A Back-Related Workers' Comp Case

Unless there's an obvious connection between your work and your injury - such as something heavy falling and breaking your back - back-related workers' compensation claims can be tricky. You have to prove you're in pain and that the pain is related to work.

Quite often, initial claims are denied. Therefore, it's important you consult a personal injury attorney to help you cover medical expenses and recover lost wages. Even if your claim has been denied or low-balled, you could be eligible for compensation. It will just require more time and persistence.
When you're ready to consult an attorney, be ready with a few questions. You'll want to know that the lawyer has handled personal injury cases regularly, especially ones pertaining to workplace back disorders. It's helpful to know their rate of success.

Naturally, you'll also want to know the price for making the claim. Most personal injury law firms have a payment structure based on the result of the claim. Naturally, you'll also want to find out what they think of your claim and what potential settlement you can expect.

Finally, be ready to answer some questions yourself. One of the major rationales for denying a back disorder claim is a preexisting condition. Be ready to show yours doesn't stem from other, non-work related activities. A diagnosis from your doctor can help prove this. Likewise, be prepared to explain exactly how the injury or back pain occurred.

In addition to causing pain and suffering, back disorders can prevent you from earning a living. If you suffer back pain because of work-related tasks, consult The Law Office of Meier, Wickhem, Lyons & Schulz, S.C. for help in presenting your claim.