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Workers Compensation for Back Injuries

Date: November 23, 2015

Workers Compensation for Back Injuries

The Facts About Workplace Back Injuries

Back injuries on the job are reported as the most common reason for workplace absenteeism, which can result in loss of wages and opportunities for millions of workers. Recent figures from the US Department of Labor and OSHA indicate that as many as 80% of working adults experience at least one significant back injury in their lifetime, with about 10% suffering a re-injury in the future.

It doesn’t actually matter what kind of work you do. People suffer from work related injury to the back for all types of occupations, from factory workers to executive secretaries. While those who handle materials on a repetitive basis are the primary source of compensable injuries in the American workforce, even employees who sit at computer workstations for eight hours a day report back injuries serious enough to miss work. Four out of five back injuries will affect the lower back, while the rest occur in other areas of the spine and neck.

Know Your Workers’ Compensation Rights When Back Injury Occurs

Workers’ compensation is available to protect employees who have experienced back injuries on the job, enough that they must miss work for medical treatment or recovery time. As soon as an injury happens, it’s important to file an incident report with your employer’s human resource department. Failure to do so can and may result in a loss of workers’ compensation benefit and wellness support.

What if you experience resistance when trying to file workers’ compensation for a back injury? That’s where Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. can help. Our trained legal team is here to help you through the often confusing process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits. If you are not able to work due to your back injury, we can make sure you get access to the medical care and financial support to help you recover. Don’t leave this up to your employer, who may not have your best interests at heart.

Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. and our experienced team of workers’ compensation lawyers can help you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 803-799-7900, for a free, no obligation consultation.

Come back soon for more articles about workers’ compensation, with the help and advice you need to get back on your feet.