When reviewing data provided by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), it may surprise some to learn that back injuries account for nearly 20% of all workplace injuries in the United States. OSHA, as well as other workplace safety organizations, constantly work to determine how the back injuries occur so that accidents can be avoided. Yet over and over, workers are hurt for the same reasons.
So why do so many employees end up with back injuries?
The Common Causes Of Back Injuries On The Job
It doesn’t matter what industry you are in or how many hours a day you spend on the job, there is always the chance that a work accident will occur or that the aspects of the job can cause an injury even without an accident taking place. When it comes to back injuries, the following are the most common causes:
Repetitive Motion Injuries
When an employee has to do the same motions over and over again, the repetitive motion can cause wear and tear on joints, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Employees who often lift are at risk for repetitive motion injuries in the back.
Slip & Falls
It doesn’t matter if it’s a fall from a great height or a fall from a standing position. Slip and fall accidents can cause serious harm to those involved, including back injuries.
Anyone who is expected to lift in any capacity while at work needs to be trained on proper lifting techniques.
Truckers, delivery drivers, and any other employee who is in an automobile for work could potentially end up in an accident.
Falling objects, especially heavy ones, can crush the person unlucky enough to be below, including their spine.
However you or a loved one injured your back, the bottom line is that workers’ compensation should cover your medical expenses and possibly a fraction of lost wages.
How Much Does It Cost To Treat A Back Injury?
It’s no secret that medical care in the United States is very expensive. Even with the best insurance available, patients with a back injury will have out of pocket expenses for things like medications, x-rays, surgeries, wheelchairs, and walkers. This can literally cost thousands of dollars and during a time when a worker is prevented from earning a living because of their injury.
Take the following into account. According the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, if a back injury results in any incomplete motor function the average cost of care the first year is $347,000 dollars. Every year after that is another $42,000. If a back injury results in total paralysis, the first year of care typcically costs 1,00,000 and every year after that averages $185,000.
These astronomical costs are why workers’ compensation insurance exists and why the law requires that employers have it for their employees.
Why Should I Consider Working With An Attorney For My Workers’ Comp Claim?
Although the law requires employers to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage for employees, it does not require the insurance companies to pay out. The harsh reality is that most insurance companies train their adjusters to deny as many claims as possible, saving the company money.
A denial can be issued for something as small as a mistake made on a claim form. Appeals can be filed, however, the appeals process is lengthy and confusing. When you work with an experienced legal team, like the one at Schuster Law, you can be sure that the common mistakes made on the initial claim are avoided and your chance of getting your claim approved the first submission will be much higher. If you’ve already received a denial, our workers compensation lawyers can guide you through the appeals process and help you get the evidence you need to prove that your claim is valid.
What Can I Do If My Back Injury Prevents Me From Working?
If you have a back or spinal injury that prevents you from returning to work, you may be able to file for Social Security Disability. These benefits are available to anyone who qualifies, not just the elderly and retired. Contact our law firm today to learn more.