Jan 13, 2017

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) 741-2825 or
contact us online and request an initial consultation with a knowledgeable attorney today!