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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

 

How Life Altering Is a Spinal Cord Injury After a Work Accident?

July 26th, 2019 at 9:33 am

spine-injuryEveryone experiences back pain at least once in their life, but there are injuries that can happen to the spine after an accident at work that can alter a person’s life forever. Housed by vertebrae is a delicate nervous system highway, called the spinal cord, that allows us to move and feel. Any damage to the spinal cord can cause paralysis and loss of sensation to the body below the injury site. Although any worker can be injured on the job in high-risk industries such as construction, workers’ compensation is essential to ensure the protection of workers who are hurt while at work.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Help?

Workers’ compensation insurance is required to be had by most employers, no matter their size. In the event that a worker gets injured while doing their job, and cannot continue working for a short or long period, workers’ compensation takes care of their needs. With not being able to work, workers’ compensation provides lost wage support. The longer a person cannot work, the more money they will receive. With injuries, come medical bills as well. Workers’ compensation also covers medical expenses for what has been caused by work conditions.

Spinal cord injuries can happen when the spinal cord itself is damaged, or the surrounding tissue or bone causes damage to the spinal cord. A fall or puncture from a piece of machinery can dislocate or fracture the vertebrae which house the spinal cord. When the spinal cord is damaged, transmissions from the brain are unable to make it to affected areas.

When a person suffers a spinal cord injury at work, their whole career can be jeopardized. At a physically demanding job, a worker will most likely not be able to return to their position due to paralyzation. Spinal cord injuries can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia where the body is permanently paralyzed past a certain point. A person’s quality of life can change in an instant, and they may not even be able to return home due to physical limitations. Surgeries can only do so much, and physical therapy may only regain minimal movement and feeling. People with spinal cord injuries are able to live relatively normal lives depending on the damage, but they will most likely be confined to a wheelchair.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

If you have experienced a spinal cord injury or any other life-altering injury at work that has caused pain and suffering, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation, and get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.

 

Source:

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

Spinal Cord Injuries at Work

February 20th, 2014 at 12:47 pm

spinal cord injuryEmployees of all kinds can be injured at work, from working at a manual labor job to reaching for a high shelf and straining back muscles in a corporate job. That is why workers’ compensation benefits exist. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to these benefits.

The central nervous system is made up of the spinal cord and the brain; the spinal cord sends and receives all information between the brain and all other organs in the body. If the spinal cord is injured, the brain’s communication pathway to the rest of the body is impaired.

Injury can occur from disease in the spinal cord or surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels, along with various physical damages, according to the New York Times Health Guide.

Safety precautions tend not to be geared towards workplace injuries, but it is still likely that a spinal cord can be injured or a previous injury can be made worse at work. If the spinal cord has been weakened from bone disease or age, minor injuries can also cause serious damage.

Direct injury may occur from:

  • Cuts from bone fragments or metal fragments;
  • The spinal cord being moved in irregular ways such as being pulled, pressed sideways, or compressed;
  • Buildup of blood or other fluid that may cause swelling in or around the spinal cord, creating pressure.

If you are concerned that your spinal cord has been injured or you have risk factors that may lead to spinal cord injury, you should visit your doctor. Exams can be done on your brain and nervous system to identify an injury and its location.

After being injured at work, it is important to seek medical attention. If you find that you have an injury to your spinal cord, contact a workers’ compensation attorney to help you file a claim against the person at fault for the accident.

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