Back and Neck Injury
Back injuries are the most common work injury. These injuries include herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, cervical fractures, low back strains, lumbar sprains, and neck sprains (whiplash). However, although they are common, back and neck injuries are the most difficult to prove for Workers’ Compensation claims. First, while fractures and herniated discs are easily viewed through medical scans such as x-rays and MRIs, pinched nerves, pulled muscles and torn ligaments are much harder to diagnose. Second, employers often refute that a back or neck injury is work-related, because while most work-related back injuries result from heavy-lifting or work that requires repetitive lifting, bending, pushing, pulling and twisting, the symptoms may occur hours or days later, outside the workplace. An experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney, like those of PearsonKoutcher, LLP, will help you overcome the obstacles in filing a successful Workers’ Compensation back injury claim.