Back pain is widespread in American workplaces, second only to the common cold for causing days missed at work. Around half of all workers say they have some form of back pain over the course of a given year, ranging from mild discomfort to debilitating injuries that impact the worker’s ability to do their job.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we fight for workers to make sure they get the benefits they deserve. When someone suffers injuries on the job they are entitled to payment. Our workplace injury attorneys have a track record of standing up for injured workers in Texas to ensure they get maximum compensation to help with the costs of their injuries.
Many Different Types of Back Injuries
Back injuries come in many different forms. Some of the most common include:
- Spinal cord fractures
- Ligament sprains
- Pulled muscles
- Herniated or ruptured discs.
The back is comprised of several different bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons, which means that back injuries vary greatly from one person to another. Back injuries are typically slower to heal than other injuries, simply because it is virtually impossible not to use your back while performing everyday activities. In some cases, a back injury will be permanent and lead to lifelong impairment.
How Back Injuries Happen
One of the most notorious causes of occupational back injuries is lifting heavy objects. It is the job of an employer to train workers how to lift properly and to provide them with assistance or necessary equipment if an object is too heavy. Because so many jobs require lifting, it’s easy to see why this is such a common cause of injury. Lifting-related back injuries frequently happen in a wide range of industries, including construction, manufacturing, agriculture, nursing care, and retail jobs.
In addition to lifting heavy objects, back injuries can be caused by:
- Being struck by or against an object
- Slipping and falling
- Twisting of the spine
- Repetitive actions (which leads to arthritis or repetitive stress injuries).
When Employers are Responsible
It is an employer’s responsibility to provide a safe workplace. This includes keeping a workplace hazard-free and ensuring that all workers receive adequate safety training. The best way to combat back injuries in the workplace is prevention, meaning that employers should always provide training and equipment to reduce the likelihood of a back injury. When an employer or supervisor fails to provide these things and a worker suffers an injury, that worker is often entitled to compensation for medical bills and lost wages.
For workers covered by workers’ compensation, benefits are generally provided after an injury regardless of whose “fault” that injury might have been. That’s because workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” program. However, it is not uncommon for employers or insurers to find ways to offer less than is needed or to deny benefits entirely.
At Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law, we know the methods employers and insurers use to withhold payment to injured workers. More importantly, we know how to make sure that doesn’t happen to our clients. Whether you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, are an independent contractor, or your claim arises under a different area of the law, we will fight to get you the payment you deserve.
Why Back Injuries are So Debilitating
We use our back in almost everything we do. If you have a serious, debilitating back injury, simply sitting at a desk can be excruciating. Every movement you make carries the potential to cause great pain or even worsen your condition. This makes recovery very difficult. It also greatly reduces your ability to work, which can limit all your activities and lead to a major loss in income.
A back injury can require long periods away from work to ensure a full or acceptable level of recovery. You shouldn’t feel pressured to return to work until you are capable and your pain is manageable. If you are unable to return to work, then you should be given payment in lieu of income.
Terry Bryant is Board Certified in personal injury trial law in Texas, and he is a former judge. He has the experience necessary to help clients in all areas of personal injury law. If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace back injury in Texas and need legal assistance, we encourage you to contact Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law.
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