Back injuries can be painful and long-lasting for injured workers to suffer with. Back injuries are also common and according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics greater than 1 million workers suffer with back injuries which represents nearly 20% of all workplace injuries and illnesses.
Common back injuries that occur in the workplace
Workers need to be trained in safe lifting techniques. Otherwise, they can suffer serious back injuries that can make it difficult, if not impossible, for them to work which can impact their ability to support themselves and their families. Common types of back injuries include:
- Strains – strains can result from overused or overstretched muscles;
- Sprains – sprains can include torn ligaments that result from sudden movements; and
- Herniated discs – the loss of the spine’s cushioning ability an result from strains and other reasons.
Workers who suffer back injuries on the job may require surgeries, physical therapy and time at home to recover. During that period of time, they may receive medical bills for the cost of their medical treatment and care and suffer lost wages because of their inability to work while they are recovering and trying to get better.
Navigating the workers’ compensation maze
Workers’ compensation becomes an important resource to understand for injured workers who need help with their medical expenses and lost earnings. There are usually important timelines and procedures to follow when making a claim for workers’ compensation benefits after being injured on the job. Knowing how to apply for, and obtain, workers’ compensation benefits when needed can be critical for an injured worker suffering with a back injury.