Back Injuries are the Most Common Work Injury
Back strains and sprains are the most common workplace injury in the United States. There are many causes of back strains and sprains, the most common is bending to lift or pull heavy objects.
Back injuries can result in significant pain and the inability to perform your job. While many back injuries are only minor muscular strains, back injuries can cause bulging disks, a herniated disk, nerve root impingement, or fractures to vertebrae. The treatment for a back injury can range from medication or physical therapy to back surgery that can require months to heal. Often times a back injury can result in permanent impairment.
In the February 2014 issue of Occupational Health & Safety magazine, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 443,560 sprain, strain and tear cases resulting in days away from work were reported in private industry during a single year. In 36 percent of these cases – or nearly 160,000 – the workers injured their backs. The financial impact of a back strain or sprain is reported to be nearly $40,000 per lower-back injury. This result in medical costs and lost time at work from back strains and sprains of over $3 billion per year. Workers’ compensation in South Carolina is available to help compensate you for your on the job injuries to you back, even if the back injury was minor or you aggravated a pre-existing back condition. The workers’ compensation laws entitle you to all casually related medical treatment and, in some cases, up to 500 weeks of benefits for your back injury caused by the job.
Did you injury your Back or Neck at work? Contact a South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Back Injury Lawyer Today.
The Goings Law Firm, LLC helps workers with back and neck injuries obtain the medical treatment and compensation that they deserve through the South Carolina workers’ compensation system. It is important to hire an experienced South Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorney if you injured your back or neck at work. Back injury claims are complex and the workers’ compensation carrier may not provide you the benefits that you are entitled to receive. We do not recommend navigating the system alone. The employer and the worker comp insurance company will have an attorney, shouldn’t you? If you have questions about whether to hire a workers’ compensation attorney in South Carolina, here are the answers.
If you injured your back or neck at work, contact this Columbia Workers’ Compensation Attorney today for a free consultation and to learn more about your rights under the law. There is no charge to see if we can help you.