Back injuries are the second most frequently seen work-related injuries, second only to hand injuries according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Back injuries cause a great deal of discomfort, pain, and impede work. They make day-to-day living difficult. Here’s what you need to know about work-related back injuries.
Most Common Back Injuries Suffered on the Job
There are a multitude of back injuries that can occur at work. Some are more common than others depending on occupation. Back injuries occurring on the job include but are not limited to:
- Damage to the spinal cord, resulting in partial or total paralysis
- Fractured vertebrae anywhere along the spine, including the lumbar and cervical vertebrae
- Pinched nerves due to the compression of two vertebrae on the delicate surrounding tissue
- Lower back strain, which causes mild to extreme discomfort and pain that tends to be chronic in nature
- Discs that are bulging, herniated, or slipped
The above conditions can be caused by a sudden injury, such as an accident, or a repetitive motion injury. Regardless of how the injury occurs, the lives of back injury victims are significantly affected. Victims often find themselves unable to continue working in the same capacity that they once did. In some cases, they may be unable to continue working at all.
What Workers’ Compensation Covers
If you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, many of your costs will be covered, but not all of them. For example, all of your direct medical costs will be paid for by workers’ compensation. You’ll also get wage replacement for the time you are not able to work. However, it will not be the full amount you earn. Reimbursement for lost wages through workers’ compensation is typically only a percentage of what you would normally earn and although it helps, the reduced pay can still be financially detrimental to families.
Contact a Louisiana Workers’ Comp Lawyer Today
If you’ve suffered a back injury on the job, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Louisiana. Contact the Wanko Law Firm today to learn more about back injuries sustained on the job and what your legal options are regarding obtaining the workers’ compensation benefits you need after a life changing injury. Call now to speak with us at (985) 893-6530.