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Workplace Back Injuries Can Cause Severe Damage

By Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 22, 2018 | In Workplace Injury

A damaged back is a very common workplace injury. In fact, more than 1 million workers hurt their backs each year, accounting for nearly 20% of all workplace injuries and illnesses.

Workers’ Compensation (WC) back injuries may occur in several ways:

  • Specific injury. This includes harm from physical activities such as a trip and fall, a vehicle accident or a lifting accident.
  • Cumulative trauma. These injuries occur over time by prolonged or repetitive activities as in recurring lifting tasks or even prolonged sitting.
  • Presumptive injury. A legal presumption for back injuries applies to certain law enforcement personnel who wear duty belts as a condition of their employment.
  • Compensable consequence. This type of injury arises out of an initial workplace injury; for example if a person with a hurt knee walks with a limp and that limp aggravates the worker’s pre-existing back problem.
  • Aggravation of a pre-existing condition. These types of aggravations may fall into the categories of specific, cumulative trauma or compensable consequence.

Types of Back Injuries Suffered in a Workplace Accident

  • Disks that support and protect the spinal cord can rupture and herniate. A herniated disk can irritate or damage nerves, causing pain as well as leg weakness or numbness. Urination and bowel movement problems may also result.
  • Back strains and sprains are very common. This lumbar injury causes local tissue swelling when the muscles, ligaments and/or tendons are torn or overstretched. The swelling causes pain and stiffness.
  • Spinal fractures can take many forms, from a compression fracture such as one that a patient with osteoporosis may suffer, to more severe injuries after a fall or vehicle accident. More serious damage can include burst fractures and fracture dislocations.

Some back injuries are minor and can heal on their own. Others may be more substantial, requiring physical therapy with extended medical care. The most severe cases can include permanent damage, preventing the worker from ever returning to their job.

We Can Help with Your Worker’s Compensation Claim

If you or a loved one has been denied Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, it’s important to get an attorney experienced in these types of cases involved immediately. Call 800.438.7734 for your initial free consultation, either in our office or in the comfort of your own home. The Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys, can help you navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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