Getting Compensation For Neck And Back Injuries Can Be A Heavy Burden
Injuries to the neck and back are among the most common complaints among workers (and Americans in general). Yet from a workers’ compensation perspective, they can also be among the most complex.
Such injuries are covered under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, but your injury and the resulting chronic pain may require intermittent treatment over a period of years. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may need medical interventions that range from rest and physical therapy to surgery and prescription painkillers. Because these cases are often complex and ongoing, you can likely save yourself a lot of frustration by working with an attorney from the beginning of the process.
Neck And Back Injuries Can Be Sudden Or Cumulative
We often think of back and neck injuries as having a sudden onset resulting from an on-the-job accident. Common examples include:
- A slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident
- Being struck from behind by a falling or swinging object
- Lifting a heavy object incorrectly and feeling acute, intense pain
- A motor vehicle accident, especially a rear-end crash that causes whiplash
It is important to understand, however, that such injuries can also be cumulative. Other than your arms and hands, your back likely suffers more wear and tear on the job than any other part of your body. Neck and back injuries can develop over time due to:
- Poor posture when sitting or standing for long periods of time
- Inadequate, poorly designed seating
- Being required to regularly lift heavy objects without proper training or support
- Frequent trips up and down ladders
- Doing work that requires you to constantly bend over or reach above your head
- Emotional and psychological stress that causes your neck and back muscles to tighten
Acute injuries are easier to pinpoint as work-related, and are therefore easier to document in a workers’ compensation claim. But with the help of an experienced lawyer, you can also file a strong claim showing that your back and neck injuries are cumulative and related to specific workplace conditions or problems.
Discuss Your Claim With A Tucker Workers’ Compensation Attorney For Free
The Law Office Of Arthur E. Snead, LLC, serves clients in Tucker and throughout metro Atlanta and Macon. To take advantage of a free initial consultation about your case, call me at 404-692-6403, or send me an email.