Back injuries at work happen all the time. The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration, known as OSHA, says that on-the-job back injuries are among the most common types of work-related injuries.
Many of you will suffer at least one back injury during your career. Unlike some other types of work-related injuries, back injuries put you at greater risk of suffering a second back injury. A severe back injury can cause degenerative disc disease and arthritis that will only get worse with time and increased wear and tear. That’s part of the reason it’s so important to make sure you hire an experienced workers comp lawyer to get your initial back injury covered.
No two back injuries are just alike. A range of work accidents can cause injuries. Sometimes a back injury is minor and resolves with limited treatment in a few weeks or months. There is no lasting impact and the injured employee is able to return to their pre-injury job.
Other work-related back injuries have a lifelong impact. The injured employee may require surgery and even a lumbar fusion. Extensive surgery puts you at risk of having permanent disability that may prevent you from returning to your normal line of work. In this case you may be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits for loss of use and function in your arms and legs because of the back injury.