Back injuries are a common on-the-job injury, particularly among workers whose jobs involve heavy lifting and other physical labor. Workers report a wide range of back and spinal injuries, including lumbar strains and sprains; compression fractures; disc protrusions; vertebral fractures; and herniated discs.
Workplace back injuries are considered acute when caused by an accident or specific event, or chronic if they occurred due to repetitive stress over time. These injuries can vary dramatically in severity. While some back injuries heal with just a few days of rest, others may require surgery, physical therapy, and other treatments.
If you suffered an on-the-job back injury that required medical attention or caused you to miss work, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, when it comes to back injuries, obtaining the benefits you deserve can be challenging. Because these are internal injuries that may not be visible to the naked eye, employers—and their workers' compensation insurers—may claim that you're exaggerating or that your injury isn't really work-related. You need an accomplished workers' compensation attorney to ensure that you and your claim are treated fairly.
Here are just a few of the many things a workers' compensation attorney can do to help you secure benefits:
- Work with your medical providers to make sure your injuries and treatments are thoroughly documented
- Gather important evidence, including medical documentation
- Handle communication between you and your employer's workers' compensation insurer
- Take depositions from you, your doctors, and other involved parties
- Draft vital legal documents, such as pleadings, motions, briefs, etc.
- Litigate your case in court
Don't let an employer's unwarranted suspicion prevent you from getting the benefits you need to recover and return to work. Reach out to an accomplished workers' compensation attorney for help.
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