Back trauma is one of the most common injuries sustained by employees in the workplace. Fortunately for California employees, strict workers’ compensation laws protect employees who have been injured on the job.
California state law provides that employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to compensate employees who have sustained workplace injuries (including back trauma).
Job Accidents Causing Back Trauma
Almost any accident that can happen outside of work can also happen in the workplace. Accidents that many of our clients experience resulting in back injuries include slip and falls, trips, automobile accidents, and being struck by machinery or equipment.
We also see many clients who have suffered back injuries at work that were not caused by a single accident or incident.
Jobs That Lead To Back Trauma Over Time
Some jobs that require physical labor may cause back injuries due to overexertion or repetitive stress. Any job that requires lifting such as construction and delivery jobs, office jobs that involve lifting and moving boxes and large files, and healthcare jobs that require physically lifting and moving patients, may lead to back injuries over time.
Some employees with standing jobs such as hairdressers, food servers, and assembly line workers also frequently develop work-related back injuries.
Severity Of Back Injuries
Some back injuries will eventually heal and leave no lasting effects, but in other cases, the effects may be felt for a significant amount of time and in severe back injury cases, effects may be permanent. When back injuries are debilitating, injury victims may also suffer from emotional injuries such as anxiety and depression due to chronic pain, loss of mobility, and loss of independence.
Compensation For Employees Who Have Suffered Back Trauma
Traumatic back injuries can be very painful and disruptive. When injuries are serious and long-term, you may be forced to miss work and lose income due to limited movement or crippling pain. Fortunately, injured employees are entitled to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries; however, receiving fair compensation for workplace injuries is sometimes a battle when you are dealing with insurance companies and attorneys on the other side.
Workers who have suffered severe work-related back pain often find it very difficult to get adequate compensation because damage to the body’s soft tissue is not always apparent on an X-ray. This can be extremely frustrating for the injured worker since the pain of the back injury may cause loss of mobility, insomnia, pain syndromes, and loss of income.
Our experienced workers’ compensation team can make proving your claim easier by referring you to an orthopedic doctor and other medical professionals who can document the severity of your back injury and necessary treatment plan, which will be used as evidence to support your claim.
Contact an Experienced Back Trauma Attorney
If you have experienced work-related back trauma, you need an experienced attorney advocating on your behalf. Contact the Law Office of Joseph Kritzer at 310-721-2482 or provide your information in our online form and we will get in touch with you.
You deserve to be fully compensated for your workplace injuries and our workers’ compensation team will help.