Common Back Injuries in the Workplace
Whether you are an office worker sitting behind a desk or are employed in a warehouse lifting heavy packages, no profession may be immune from the risk of back injuries. In fact, it is one of the most commonly reported workplace injuries in the United States and can result from both isolated traumatic events and long-term exposure to environmental stressors. Chronic back pain is a reality for millions of workers in Georgia and across the nation.
Some of the most common situations leading to back injuries can include:
- Prolonged periods of sitting with incorrect posture
- Lifting a heavy object with improper form
- Attempting to lift an object which requires the use of a dolly or lift
- Blunt force trauma to the back resulting from an accident such as a slip and fall
According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the vast majority of back injuries at work occur in the lumbar region (lower back). However, the true breakdown of injuries may be unknown as many accidents may go unreported. While the BLS reports that the average worker misses around 7 working days due to a back injury, full recovery can take months or even years.
No matter how an injury occurred, reporting accidents and seeking medical care as soon as possible is critical. Waiting or attempting to “work through” the pain in hopes that it will clear up on its own can have devastating consequences. On one hand, without medical treatment, your injury could grow worse with the possibility of permanent damage. Furthermore, the workers’ compensation claims process has strict deadlines, and the failure to act quickly may disqualify a victim from getting the help they need.
Each case can present unique factors and as such, if you have questions about an injury on the job, it may be time to get a knowledgeable attorney involved.
Legal Help for Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you have been injured on the job and believe that your workers’ compensation claim is being unfairly delayed, denied, or reduced, we want to hear from you. At the Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, our legal team can help you to understand the nature of your claim as well as what you may expect in the process ahead. Our Atlanta back injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars for clients in workers’ compensation cases and can fight to get you the money that you deserve.
Call (770) 629-9321 or contact us online and request an initial consultation with a knowledgeable attorney today!