Back problems and injuries can result from wear and tear or from a sudden injury to the muscles and other soft tissue. They may also involve the vertebrae and spinal cord in the back. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that back disorders are one of the leading causes of disability for people during their working years.
The law firm of Frank M. Eidson, P.A., can help if you are pursuing a workers’ compensation claim in Orlando or elsewhere in central Florida because of a job-related back injury.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation and learn more about obtaining the benefits and other compensation you are entitled to receive after injuring your back at work.
What are Back Injuries?
A back injury may include strained muscles and tendons, herniated discs, fractures and other problems.
You may injure your back in a job-related accident. However, most often, the causes of back pain have developed over a long period of time. For instance, repeated heavy lifting or awkward movements can strain back muscles and/or ligaments of the spine.
Over time, damage to the discs that cushion the vertebrae in your spine can cause them to break down, which restricts movement of the affected vertebrae. Additionally, damaged discs may bulge and impinge upon nerves, which can be extremely painful. A forceful blow to the back can damage vertebrae and/or surrounding muscles, ligaments and other soft tissue.
Why Do Back Injuries Happen on the Job in Florida?
Handling materials in the workplace – pulling, lifting, carrying, lowering and/or setting in place –is the main source for injuries (particularly ones that impact the lower back) among American workers that result in insurance payments, according to OSHA. An accident such as a fall or being slammed against a wall or into machinery can also injure your back.
Back injuries usually result from strain, or exceeding the capability of your muscles, tendons or discs. These injuries can be the cumulative effect of multiple factors such as:
- Heavy lifting
- Reaching while lifting
- Twisting while lifting
- Bending while lifting
- Repetitive lifting of awkward items, equipment, or (in health-care facilities) patients
- Lifting with forceful movement
- Maintaining bent or constrained postures
- Poor footing, such as on slippery floors
- Continuous vibrations, such as that experienced by lift truck drivers and delivery drivers.
Who is At Risk of Back Injuries at Work?
Workers whose jobs are physically demanding and require heavy lifting or working in awkward positions face the greatest risk of job-related back injuries. These include but are not limited to employees involved in:
- Food processing work (for instance, butchers and meat cutters)
- Heavy equipment operation
- Loading dock / longshoreman work
- Medical care / physical therapy (involving moving or lifting patients)
- Repair work (auto mechanics, home appliance repairers, HVAC technicians, power line and telecommunications line installers)
- Upholstery work
- Warehouse work
- Waste management / sanitation work.
But any worker who is tasked with lifting and carrying something as part of the job, from office supplies to computer parts, can injure his or her back while doing so.
How Can a Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Help with Your Back Injury?
Because back pain is so common, it is not unusual for employers (or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier) to dispute a claim for a back injury. They may argue that the worker’s injury does not exist or is not as severe as claimed, or they may argue that the injury is not work-related.
An experienced workers’ compensation attorney from Frank M. Eidson, P.A., can help you to defend yourself against an employer who would deny you the benefits you need and deserve.
We can work to maximize the benefits you receive for your back injury. This would include investigating the circumstances of your injury and whether a third-party lawsuit is appropriate in your case.
It is important to act quickly in order to protect your rights after a work-related back injury. Contact us today and get started with a free consultation about your case.
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