When a Back Injury Causes You to Miss Work
Our Work Injury Lawyers Fight for Maximum Compensation
Every year in the United States, more than 600,000 workers across the country are sidelined by back injuries. Caused by overextending, heavy lifting, excessive sitting or standing, falls, and work-related car accidents, back injuries can be debilitating. Men and women who have lower back pain resulting from work-related activities or accidents are often entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Back Pain and Injuries
Back pain can be symptomatic of a wide range of conditions involving bones, ligaments, or muscles of the back. It can be acute, coming on quickly and gradually lessening over time. Alternatively, back pain may be chronic, becoming a persistent, permanent part of your everyday life. Lower back pain can be the result of a single action like improper bending or lifting, or it can be caused by repetitive behaviors like sitting or standing for hours at a time.
Some of the most common job-related back injuries include:
- Fractures vertebrae
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Lower back strain
- Pinched nerves
- Spinal cord damage
Diagnosing and Treating Lower Back Pain
Workers who suffer a sudden, acute back injury should seek immediate medical treatment. Because lower back often indicates a more serious underlying condition, you should never assume it will just go away on its own. For many injured workers, continuing to work only aggravates an already serious condition. Your healthcare provider uses a physical exam and various diagnostic and imaging tests to diagnose your condition.
Treatment for lower back pain may involve one or more of the following:
- Heat and cold therapy
- Medication to reduce pain and inflammation
- Complementary therapies like massage and chiropractic care
Most lower back injuries also require some downtime to rest and recover, preventing workers from returning to the job immediately after an injury.
Workers’ Compensation and Back Pain
Prompt medical care is always your first priority after any work injury. It is also crucial to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. When filing your injury report, you should always be as detailed as possible. Describe everything you can remember about the circumstances surrounding your accident. Details you may not believe to be relevant may prove to be essential to your claim.
If your injuries require hospitalization, file your injury report as soon as you are stable. Any delay in notifying your employer leaves the door open for them to argue that your injuries are not work-related and deny your claim.
The Philadelphia work injury lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help to ensure you are fully compliant with workers’ compensation filing guidelines to protect your rights and increase your chances of a successful claim. If your claim has already been denied, we will advocate for you throughout the appeal process to help you receive the benefits you deserve.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Protect the Rights of Workers Suffering Back Injuries
To discuss your work accident with an attorney with more than 40 years of experience fighting for Pennsylvania’s workers, call 888-PITT-LAW or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a qualified Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorney at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C.
We proudly represent injured workers in Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania, including those in the communities of Abington, Ambler, Ardmore, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, Clifton Heights, Crum Lynne, Darby, Downingtown, Doylestown, Drexel Hill, Essington, Folcroft, Glenolden, Haverford, Havertown, Holmes, Kutztown, Lansdowne, Media, Merion Station, Morton, Narberth, Norristown, Norwood, Philadelphia, Prospect Park, Quakertown, Reading, Roxborough, Sharon Hill, Upper Darby, West Chester and Wynnewood.