Neck & Back
Neck and Back Injuries
Spinal Vertebrae injuries can be the most painful and lingering injuries that a person sustains on the job.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA), damage to the neck and back are the second most common workplace injuries in the United States. Never wait to report a neck or back accident! Injuries to the spinal area are very delicate and delaying treatment could result in irreversible damage.
A recent workers’ compensation case in Kansas City, Missouri suggests that by failing to clearly and accurately state the location of her injuries, a woman not only delayed her neck treatment, which ultimately led to a more severe injury, but also faced difficulties seeking compensation for her neck injury because she only reported shoulder pain at first.
Common Workplace Neck and Back Injuries
Neck and back workplace injuries are generally a result of overextension of the spine from pulling, pushing, lifting and having poor posture when sitting for long periods of time. Accidents can occur simply from lifting a box that’s too heavy or from persistent strain on muscles and discs protecting the spinal vertebrae. Neck and back pain can be broken down into two types of pain:
- Acute: temporary pain that comes on quickly but lessens within a few weeks.
- Chronic: pain that lasts more than six weeks, sometimes even years.
Common neck and back injuries from which workers often suffer include lower back strain, fractured vertebrae, pinched nerves, herniated disc, and spinal cord damage. The most common industries that experience these injuries include:
Neck and Back Injury Diagnosis
After scheduling a visit with a physician, workers are given an injury diagnosis that determines their type of disability.
Temporary disability: workers are able to go back to work and resume job duties after recovery.
Permanent partial disability: workers are able to go back to work after recovery, but not perform their former job duties.
Permanent total disability: workers are not able to return to their previous job.
If you’ve injured your neck or back in a workplace accident, contact our lawyers at Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys. We’ll work to get you benefits that pay for your medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages.