If your job-related activities have caused back trauma that limits your ability to work and participate in other regular daily activities, you may be entitled to compensation under a workers’ compensation claim. Under federal and state workers’ compensation laws, employees in California are entitled to insurance benefits when they suffer workplace injuries.
If you have sustained back and neck injuries caused by your job duties, attorney Joseph Kritzer can help you secure the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve. Employers and insurance companies can make collecting compensation difficult, especially if you do not have legal representation. You are more likely to get full and fair compensation when you have an experienced attorney advocating for your right to benefits.
Back Trauma Injuries
Many of our clients suffer back trauma due to years of working at a computer and job duties that require heavy lifting. Healthcare employees, office workers, and other occupations that require lifting and repetitive movements frequently sustain debilitating back and neck injuries as a result. Not only does back trauma often lead to physical impairment and lost wages, but these injuries also may require extensive medical treatment and significant medical bills.
Workers’ Compensation Law
With limited exceptions, employers in California are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance policies to protect employees who are injured on the job. Unfortunately, employers often discourage their employees from filing workers’ compensation claims because they do not want more claims to lead to higher insurance premiums. As a result, injured employees who are not represented by a workers’ compensation attorney may not get the medical treatment and compensation to which they are entitled.
Proving Your Back Trauma Injuries
Back and neck trauma injuries can sometimes be difficult to prove, especially if the injuries developed over time, rather than as a result of a specific accident at work. Injured employees often feel that they are at a disadvantage when it comes to proving their back injuries are work-related, but a workers’ compensation specialist knows how to gather and present injury evidence to help you prove your claim.
If your doctor prescribes work restrictions that limit your workplace activity, it is important to follow those restrictions so that you do not devalue your workers’ compensation claim. Employees may feel pressured to ignore restrictions so that they are not punished by their employers for being unable to carry out their job duties, but you should never ignore your doctor’s restrictions. If you do violate those restrictions, insurance companies may present evidence of your violation to show that your injuries are not as extensive as you claim.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Back Trauma
If you sustained back and neck trauma at work, you may be entitled to the following workers’ compensation benefits:
- Fully paid medical care
- Temporary disability benefits to cover wages lost during your recovery
- Permanent disability benefits if you will never fully recover for your injuries
- Supplemental job displacement benefits if your injury is permanent and you do not go back to work for your employer
- Death benefits if you lost a loved one due to a workplace injury or illness
Back trauma is no walk in the park. Don’t be left out on benefits you are entitled to. Knowing your rights and having a workers’ comp lawyer advocating for you is your best chance to receive those benefits.