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Workers’ Compensation for Back Injury

Workers’ Compensation for Back Injury

Bernstein and Bernstein in Columbia, SC handles workers’ compensation for back injury. A workplace injury can cause long-term pain and sometimes disability. We  can assist you in filing your workers’ compensation claim. Back injuries can be anywhere from the neck to the tailbone. They can involve the muscle, ligaments, spine or other joints or tissues. Back injuries that do not involve the spinal cord are known as “non-spinal cord back injuries.” The most serious back injuries are usually the result of accidents, such as work-related accidents, automobile accidents, and slip and fall accidents.

Non-Spinal Cord Back Injuries

An acute injury is sudden and severe. Bruising and swelling may develop soon after the injury. Pain from an acute injury usually does not last longer than 6 weeks. Acute injuries include:

  • An injury to the ligaments or muscles in the back, such as a sprain or a strain
  • A torn, ruptured or herniated disc
  • Compression of nerves in the lower back
  • A fracture or dislocation of the spine which can cause a spinal cord injury that may lead to permanent paralysis.

Spinal Cord Back Injuries

There are two types of spinal cord injuries, both requiring extensive medical care and therapy:

Complete Spinal Cord Injuries

Complete spinal cord injuries result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. These involve a permanent loss of motor and nerve function below the injury, resulting in loss of sensation and movement in the affected limbs, bowel, bladder, and sexual region. Some quadriplegics require ventilator systems in order to breathe.  Motorized wheelchairs and other specialized equipment are needed for everyday activities.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injuries

Incomplete spinal cord injuries are more common than complete injuries, and are characterized by some degree of sensation and movement below the point of injury. The extent of an incomplete injury is generally determined after spinal shock has subsided, approximately six or eight weeks post injury. Incomplete spinal injuries can result in some feeling but little or no movement, or in some movement but little or no feeling.

For more information on how to file your back injury workers’ compensation claim, please contact us.