Back Injury and Workers’ Compensation
If you have a back injury as a result of your job, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits.
Back injuries are among the most common work injuries. They can occur when you fall from heights, an item falls on you, or when you slip and fall. Likewise, a back injury can result by heavy lifting, either at once or by lifting heavy over a certain period of time.
Injury and Symptoms
Some injuries include ligament, soft tissue, tendon damage, prolapsed disc, and paraplegia.
Keep in mind that with back injuries, sometimes you may not feel immediate symptoms. It is important though that the accident is reported to your boss or supervisor, that way if future symptoms arise, or if your condition worsens, there is a record of your accident.
If you previously had back problems or a back injury, and your situation has worsened because of your occupational duties, you can still be entitled to compensation.
As Soon As Possible
To ensure you get all the Workers’ Compensation benefits you deserve, it is important you tell your boss or supervisor of the injury as soon as you can. It is important they have a record of when and how your injury occurred. After that you must seek medical help as soon as possible, and tell your doctor all your aches and pains.
Save all x-rays, medical paperwork, and if any visible injury is present, take pictures and save them as well. If any other coworker witnessed your accident you can ask them to write down and tell you what they saw. Remember your employer cannot penalize you or a witness to your case, for filing Workers’ Compensation.
If you visit a doctor and they say you are fit to return to work, but you however do not feel able too, it is always recommended to get a second opinion to ensure your healthy and ready to work once again.
Once you have filed for Workers’ Compensation, your monetary compensation will depend on the facts of your case. Contact us and we will ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve.
NOTICE: Making a false or fraudulent Workers Compensation claim is a felony subject to up to 5 years in prison or a fine of up to $50,000 or double the value of the fraud, whichever is greater, or by both imprisonment and fine.