Workplace injuries can develop over a period of time or can be the result of a work accident. Injuries, such as back injuries, can be the result of repetitive movement or from a bad fall. Whatever the cause, a back injury can put a worker in a lot of pain.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, back injuries do not typically cause any work-related deaths. However, workers who suffer a back injury often find themselves unable to perform their job because of the pain. Additionally, back injuries can lead to more serious health complications.
The injury can be caused by a seemingly minor movement. For example, a worker may be trying to lift a heavy box up to a higher shelf and will hurt his or her back. Or perhaps the job entails repetitive movement that strains the back, such as lifting equipment or constantly having to bend down to lift something up.
Back injuries can also result from poor or constrained posture. A worker who has to balance on an uneven floor or stand at a twisted angle for a long period of time may eventually suffer a back injury.
As mentioned above, a back injury can eventually develop into something more serious. In some situations, what started out as a minor injury can lead to permanent disability. This could mean high medical expenses for the injured worker, an amount only made more overwhelming if the worker cannot work.
When injured on the job, workers can claim workers' compensation benefits to help with the medical and living expenses. However the process of claiming these benefits can be confusing and frustrating. It can help to speak with someone who understands workers' compensation and can help the injured worker collect the necessary information in order to file for benefits.
To learn more, visit the OSHA website for more information about workplace back injuries by clicking here.