Work-Related Back Injuries in Atlanta
Workers may suffer a back injury by lifting a heavy object, performing repetitive tasks, falling or being struck by a falling object. However the injury occurred, a work-related back injury can leave you in pain and unable to work for weeks or months. During that time, you need quality medical care and other benefits to resume a productive life.
Unfortunately, sometimes, an employer’s workers’ compensation administrator in Georgia will question a valid job-related injury to avoid paying workers’ compensation benefits.
If you or a loved one has suffered an on-the-job back injury and needs help securing your rightful benefits, turn to a workers’ compensation lawyer for guidance. Parsons & Associates, P.C., with offices in Atlanta and Savannah, has more than 18 years of experience standing up for injured workers. Call today to speak directly with Michael. Your call will be returned within 24 hours.What Causes Work-Related Back Injuries
Most back injuries are strains or sprains from lifting, carrying, pulling or pushing loads. Back injuries can develop gradually as a result of a repetitive work-related task or be caused by a single traumatic workplace accident. Back injuries, including spinal injuries, account for a significant number of worker injuries and loss of productivity in Georgia. Back injuries can occur in muscles, vertebrae, or discs.
Back injuries may be caused by:
- Lifting heavy loads
- Repetitive lifting of awkward items, including patients
- Twisting while lifting
- Poor ergonomic design of a work station
- Working in one position for too long
- Slips and falls
- Bending while lifting
- Working in a bent posture.
Musculoskeletal disorders, including back injuries, accounted for a third of workplace injuries and illnesses requiring time off work in 2011, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Laborers, freight handlers, janitors, nursing assistants, orderlies, registered nurses and tractor trailer truck drivers are occupations with high rates of back injuries and spinal injuries requiring days off work.
Repeated injury to your back can cause permanent disability and leave you no longer able to handle the physical demands of your job. It’s important to understand the full range of workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled if you have suffered a back injury.
The workers’ compensation lawyers of the Parsons & Associates, P.C., with offices in Atlanta and Savannah, frequently represent nurses, health care workers, warehouse workers, construction workers and others whose jobs involve physical lifting which causes back injuries. If you have a work-related back injury and are having difficulty obtaining the medical care and workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, talk to our workers’ compensation lawyer today. We offer personal service, and we can work with the doctor to ensure that you receive full benefits.