Workers’ Comp for Back Injuries at Work
Can you get Workers’ Comp for a Back Injury at work?
Yes, if your back injury occurred at work, it is most likely covered by Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania.
Back injuries are the most common type of work injury. Whether it be a constant dull ache affecting your daily routine, an excruciating stab in the back making it hard to even stand up, or pain traveling into your leg, back pain can be so pervasive that you may not be able to work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, back injuries account for roughly twenty percent (20%) of all workplace injuries nationally, and only a slightly lesser percentage within Pennsylvania (12.1% in 2018).
If you have suffered a back injury on the job, call the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law for a free initial consultation with one of our partners to discuss your case and find out how we can help you.
What types of jobs cause back pain?
Back pain may affect all types of workers, however, the occupations most susceptible to back injuries typically include jobs that require strenuous physical work, forceful movements, heavy lifting, bending and twisting, awkward work postures, whole-body vibration, and static work postures, both standing and sitting. Jobs requiring this type of movement include warehouse workers who move heavy boxes, healthcare professionals, such as nurses, who lift patients, and construction workers who repeatedly lift, bend, carry, pull and tug.
Other Job Types Include, but are not limited to:
- Airport workers
- Assembly Line Workers
- Bus drivers
- Dentist and Surgeons
- Emergency Medical Techs (EMT)
- Fork Lift Operators
- Firefighter and other first responders
- Office staff: Receptionists, Paralegals, etc,
- Professional athletes
- Service workers: wait staff, baristas, bartenders
What are the most common types of back injuries?
Back injuries include herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, low back strains and lumbar sprains.
What Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Get?
Every claim is different and, therefore, the benefits will vary according to your situation. However, you may be entitled to wage-loss and medical benefits if you hurt your back at work.
The amount of compensation you can receive and the length of time you can receive benefits depends on the severity of the injury, your diagnosis and prognosis, and the type of job you hold.
Was your back injury caused by Specific Incident or Repetitive Trauma?
Your back injury at work may be caused by either a specific incident or repetitive trauma. Either way, you may be covered by Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania.
What is a specific incident injury?
An injury suffered as the result of a single work accident. A specific incident is usually a straightforward, obvious accident such as a slip and fall, a car accident or lifting heavy objects, for example.
What is a repetitive trauma injury?
Unlike a specific incident, a repetitive trauma injury is an injury that develops slowly and gradually over time. These injuries develop due to repeated stress on a physical part of the body and can occur when one performs work duties such as bending and lifting over and over again creating continual strain to the lower back.
How Much Compensation Can I Expect for a Workplace Back Injury?
In Pennsylvania, weekly compensation benefits are approximately 66.6% to 90% of the average weekly wage (AWW) and capped at $1,049.00 per week for an injury occurring in 2019.
What to do if you injured your back at work?
Report your injury immediately and seek medical treatment. Then, contact the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pearson Koutcher Law. We will take care of the rest.
How can we help you through your Workers Compensation Claim
Pearson Koutcher Law will help you overcome the obstacles in filing a successful Workers’ Compensation back injury claim.
Throughout your entire claim, we promise:
- To assist with medical treatment and billing as needed using a network of trusted and informed medical providers.
- Expertise and knowledge of the Workers’ Comp system to move the claim forward effectively and quickly.
- Consistent Point of contact throughout your case.
- Up-to-date information throughout every step of your case.
- Education on how the law can truly help you.
- Explanation of options that you have to move forward with your claim and life events.
Our seasoned attorneys know what it takes to get workers’ compensation benefits for a back injury that has been sustained as the result of a workplace accident or repetitive strain at work. We know how to achieve the best outcomes for our work-related accident clients. Our work comp lawyers provide outstanding services and have achieved extraordinary results for other clients who suffer an injury at work. We can help you get the job injury settlement you need to get the care you deserve.