Workers Comp–Injured Back At Work
Back injury claims are one on the most common reasons people file for workers comp. Your back is a complex structure comprising bones, joints, muscles, ligaments tendons and many other structures, any of which can be easily injured as a result of overexertion and strain, repetitive motions and slip-and-fall accidents at work. Even standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time can cause debilitating pain that can have an effect on every other aspect of your life, including your non-working hours.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), back injuries are the second most common work-related injury, supplanted only by injuries to the hand. About one in every five injuries that occurs at work is a back-related injury, and a quarter of all workman comp claims involve injuries to the back and spine.
Back injuries can be acute, involving a sudden onset, or they can be chronic, occurring over time and persisting for days, weeks or months – sometimes even an entire lifetime. The most common types of back injuries covered by workman’s comp include:
- low back strain
- spinal fractures
- disc problems, including bulging and herniated discs
- pinched nerves
- damage to the spinal cord
Since the spine is a major conduit for all the nerves that extend from the brain to every other location in your body, damaging your back can cause pain and other symptoms to occur in your arms, legs and elsewhere, and treatment for those injuries can be protracted, sometimes taking months or even years.
Your back pain is covered under SC worker’s compensation laws.
Under South Carolina’s worker’s compensation regulations, back injuries are a compensable injury; that means if your back is injured while you’re at work, you can receive benefits, including payment of your medical bills and compensation for lost wages.
But because the back can be injured in so many ways – both at work and during your off hours – sometimes, it can be difficult to prove your injury is related to your work. And that means your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company may decide to deny or significantly limit your claim.
Workers Comp Lawyer E. Lindsay Blanks can help get the compensation you deserve for your back injury
Thousands upon thousands of workmans compensation claims are submitted each year in South Carolina, and while some of them are approved, many of them wind up being denied, leaving legitimate claimants without important benefits. Workmans compensation lawyers provide employees with the legal backing they need to handle denied claims and make appeals that can have those denials overturned – but the key to a successful appeal is to work with a lawyer who has the experience, the skills and the in-depth understanding of the state workmans compensation process to ensure the best possible outcomes.
As one of South Carolina’s leading workman compensation lawyers, E. Lindsay Blanks has helped hundreds of workers claim their benefits successfully, helping men and women who have given hard hours of labor get the compensation they deserve under the state’s laws. If you’ve experienced a back injury related to your work, you need to make sure you follow the workman’s compensation process to the letter in order to avoid denial or delay. Call the Law Offices of E. Lindsay Blanks today at (843) 863-1800 and schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you get the benefits you’re legally entitled to.