Back Injuries at Work
A back injury can be one of the most debilitating injuries that a person can sustain on the job. Back injuries are painful, can restrict a person’s movement, and may make it impossible for an injured worker to return to his or her job until the injury is fully healed. In extreme cases, a back injury can lead to permanent disability.
Causes of Back Injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over one million workers suffer back injuries on the job each year. This accounts for one-fifth of all injuries and illnesses reported annually by workers in the United States. The large majority of back injuries occur when workers are performing manual labor, with major causes being:
- Improper lifting technique
- Improper employee training
- Unsafe work environment
- Lack of back support or safety gear
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), many of these injuries could be prevented if workers were properly trained in appropriate lifting technique and if jobs were designed with ergonomics in mind. These initiatives would help to reduce work-related back strain that can cause serious injury.
Back Injury and Workers’ Compensation
Workers who are injured on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through their employer’s insurance. Unfortunately, many workers are not properly compensated for the full cost of their injuries, forcing them to cover some costs out of pocket. Other workers may be denied compensation altogether or may not realize that they are entitled to more benefits that what they have been offered.
The Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C., can represent you in your workers’ compensation claim to ensure that you are given the full benefits that you need to support your recovery. Contact us today by calling 877-327-2600.