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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, musculoskeletal disorders, such as back sprains and strains caused by overexertion account for around 31 percent of all injuries reported by workers. These types of injuries can be both painful and debilitating, so if you suffered a back injury while on the job, you should speak with a Georgia workers compensation attorney who can help walk you through the process of filing a claim.
Although a variety of occupations require employees to lift, bend, and twist as part of their job responsibilities, certain kinds of workers are notorious for having higher rates of back injuries, including:
While overexertion and overuse are the cause of many work-related back injuries, some employees sustain them after falling from a great height or getting into a car accident. Whatever the cause, back injuries are some of the most painful and difficult injuries to treat.
The spine consists of a series of 26 small bones known as vertebrae that run from the tailbone to the base of the skull and protect the spinal cord. When vertebrae and surrounding tendons become damaged, injured parties may suffer pain and limited mobility. These types of injuries can be caused by wear and tear from repetitive motion, as well as sudden impacts. Some of the most common work-related back injuries include:
All of these types of injuries require specific treatments, many of which are extremely expensive. Fortunately, the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act covers all of these injuries, regardless of whether they were caused by a single traumatic incident, like a car accident, or the repetitive lifting of heavy objects over a period of years. Georgia workers’ compensation laws even cover treatment for aggravations of pre-existing conditions.
Most workers who sustain a back injury while on the job need to take at least a few days off from work. In many cases, a few days can extend to a few weeks or even months, depending on the severity of the injury. Georgia’s workers’ compensation program provides these individuals with weekly income benefits if an injury requires an employee to take more than seven days off from work. Injured workers are also entitled to two-thirds of their average weekly wage for up to 400 weeks after the accident.
Employees suffering from a back injury are also eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses. Back injuries are notoriously difficult to diagnose, so these benefits are crucial to helping an injured party locate the source of the problem and begin treatment as soon as possible. For example, injured workers who are suffering from back pain must usually receive both MRI and CT scans, as standard x-rays do not reveal nerve damage. Once an injury is diagnosed, employees must begin the recommended course of treatment, which could include physical therapy, surgical intervention, steroid injections, and prescription medications. Injured employees also have the right to receive compensation for vocational and rehabilitation services.
However, in order to collect these benefits, an employee who sustained a back injury while on the job must report the injury within one month of the date of its onset. Failing to notify an employer within this time frame can lead to a claim being denied.
Valid claims are denied by employers and insurers at an alarming rate. Fortunately, injured workers have the right to file an appeal by requesting a hearing with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC). Eventually, an administrative law judge will hear the case, although in some cases, the SBWC will require the parties to attempt to resolve the issue through mediation. The judge will hear witness testimony and review medical records, written briefs, and expert opinions. If the judge denies the appeal, the claimant will need to file a claim with the SBWC’s Appellate Division within 20 days of the judge’s decision. The SBWC’s Appellate Division, is made up of a panel of three judges who will review the claimant’s evidence before issuing a written decision. If a claim is denied a third time, the injured employee can file an appeal with a Georgia Superior Court.
If you sustained a back injury while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. To learn more, please contact the Spillers Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with a Georgia personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case.
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