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When Will a Back or Spine Injury Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

July 9th, 2021 at 11:34 am

Workers-Comp-Attorney-Cook-County-minOf the different types of conditions that can affect a person’s ability to work, issues affecting the back and spinal cord can be some of the most debilitating. Back injuries can be very painful, and they can restrict a person’s ability to stand for an extended period of time and pick up or carry objects. In serious cases, a spinal cord injury may lead to paralysis in different parts of the body, which may cause a person to be permanently disabled. People who have suffered back injuries related to their work will want to determine whether they qualify for workers’ compensation, which will allow them to receive benefits that will address their medical expenses and cover some of the income lost due to a disability.

Common Workplace Back and Spine Injuries

Serious back injuries or health conditions that affect the back and spine may include:

  • Slipped or herniated discs – Excessive strain on the back can cause the discs between the vertebrae in the spine to tear or rupture. This can put pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord, causing pain and restricting a person’s range of movement.
  • Degenerative disc disease – The discs in the spine can wear down over time, This type of repetitive stress injury can lead to chronic pain and limitations on a person’s ability to perform work-related tasks.
  • Paraplegia or tetraplegia – A serious workplace accident can cause the spinal cord to be damaged or severed. Depending on where a spine injury occurred, a person may suffer partial or complete paralysis affecting their lower limbs or their entire body.
  • Sprains and strains – The muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the back may be damaged when a person attempts to lift an object that is too heavy or because of other work-related accidents.

A back or spine injury will be covered by workers’ compensation if it occurred while a person was working or because of the work they have performed. Injuries in workplace accidents, such as a fall from a ladder or scaffold or a motor vehicle collision that took place while a person was driving for work, will qualify for workers’ comp, regardless of whether a worker or their employer was responsible for the accident.

A person may also qualify for benefits if their injuries have built up over time due to the work they performed, such as regularly bending over to pick up heavy items. In these cases, a person will usually need to provide evidence showing that their work-related activities were directly responsible for their injuries.

Contact Our Chicago Workplace Back Injury Attorneys

If you suffered a spine injury in a workplace accident, or if work-related activities have caused you to experience back pain, the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio can help you file a workers’ compensation claim. We will work to ensure that your medical treatment will be fully covered and that you can receive the disability benefits you need. Contact our Cook County workplace injury lawyers at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/causes-back-pain

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20377890

 

Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation for a Back or Neck Injury?

April 3rd, 2019 at 2:01 pm

Illinois workers' compensation lawyer back neck injuryBack or neck pain is a common problem that many people deal with, and if this condition results from back and neck injuries that occur in the workplace, a person may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. Despite neck and back injuries being so common, they are often overlooked by employees, and workers’ comp claims related to these injuries are often denied by insurance companies.

When Is Workers’ Compensation Available for Back Injuries?

The majority of employers are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance. This acts as a safety net for workers in the event that they are injured from a work-related incident. An employee injured while at work or in the course of their employment is eligible to receive compensation for medical care and/or disability benefits for missed work.

Back injuries often occur as a type of repetitive strain injury that can become life altering if left untreated. When filing a claim, it is important to show a record of your health concerns leading up to the point where the injuries affected your ability to work. Untreated injuries from repetitive twisting or lifting can lead to herniated disks, pinched nerves, or disintegration of cartilage and bone.

If you develop an injury over the course of your employment, workers’ compensation should cover the costs of medical treatment. It may be time to visit your doctor with concerns about your back or neck problems if you experience:

  • Persistent aches or stiffness
  • Sharp pain in the lower back
  • Pain that extends down the back of your legs
  • Muscle spasms

In a case involving the sudden onset of a back injury, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. A doctor will be able to make an official record of how your injury occurred, which will allow you to receive the workers’ comp benefits you deserve.

Physical therapy is one type of treatment that is commonly prescribed for a work-related back or neck injury, and it can be essential in recovering from injuries and allowing an employee to return to work. However, the insurance company may refuse to pay for physical therapy, or it may not cover the treatment your doctor ordered. In these cases, a workers’ compensation attorney can assist with securing the benefits you need.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Do not let your employer’s insurance company discredit your back or neck injury and prevent you from receiving the care you deserve. Contact an experienced Chicago workers’ comp lawyer to ensure that your medical costs are covered and that you receive the disability benefits you need. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/what-helps-with-lower-back-pain#1

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/understanding-back-pain-symptoms

3 Major Causes of Work-Related Back Injuries and How to Prevent Them

October 25th, 2018 at 9:06 am

Illinois workers' compensation lawyersBack injuries are one of the leading causes of missed time on the job. They are also one of the most common reasons that employees file for workers’ compensation. Sadly, even paid claims often fail to cover an employee’s basic living costs. As such, it is important that workers attempt to avoid back injuries, whenever possible. The following sections can help you learn the most common causes of work-related back injuries and how to prevent them. You shall also discover how a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney can assist you in receiving the most compensation possible if you or a loved one has suffered a serious back injury while on the job. 

Insufficient Back Safety Training 

Employers know that back injuries can result in numerous expenditures for the company, which is why most provide back safety training, right at the very start of an employee’s career. Sadly, there are still companies that fail to provide critical safety training for their workers. Some simply assume that an employee should already know how to properly lift heavy items. Others are disorganized and offer insufficient training. Then there are employers who simply lack concern for the safety of their employees. In situations where safety training is required and not received, employees may be owed additional compensation after a back injury. Talk to a skilled attorney to learn more. 

Complacency in the Workplace 

Initial back safety training can help employees avoid early injuries, but as time passes, old habits can reemerge. Workers can also become desensitized to the potential risk that they are facing if they are constantly lifting heavy items on the job. Employers can combat such issues by providing ongoing training and job coaching, but most fail in this area. As such, workers have to be extra mindful to prevent an on-the-job injury. Take notice if you start experiencing even mild back pain on the job, as this could be a sign that you are twisting your spine or lifting incorrectly. Ask for help or coaching from a supervisor if necessary. 

Deadlines, Rushes, Time Crunches, Understaffing

When workers are in a hurry because they are on a deadline, time crunch before the end of their shift, understaffed, or in the middle of a rush, proper lifting techniques often fall to the wayside. As a result, the risk of injury is increased exponentially. In fact, one study found that employees are more likely to cut corners – including those that pertain to work safety – when they feel rushed or are on a deadline. Mental state, which can be altered by time crunches, has also been linked to a higher incidence of work-related injuries. Employees can mitigate their own risk by holding steadfast to their work safety standards, even when production demands are increased. 

Contact Our Cook County Work Injury Lawyers

If you have been injured on the job, contact the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer is dedicated to ensuring you get the most compensation possible. We can also decrease your risks of a denied claim, and we can help you seek additional compensation if your injury was related to employer negligence. Schedule a free consultation by calling our offices at 630-574-2288 today.

Sources:

https://ascelibrary.org/doi/full/10.1061/%28ASCE%290733-9364%282006%29132%3A2%28182%29

https://www.ishn.com/articles/103452-deadlines-can-erode-safety-and-promote-risk-taking

https://safetymanagement.eku.edu/resources/articles/understanding-human-factors-in-occupational-safety/

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/back-pain/art-20044526

https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20140325/low-back-pain-leading-cause-of-disability-worldwide-study

 

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