Back Injury at Work
Each day, workers on construction sites, in stores, and in offices risk back injury due to heavy lifting, inadequate support, and other on-the-job hazards. Back injuries can seriously impact an individual’s health and overall ability to perform the requirements of the job. Those who have suffered a back injury at work may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits pay medical expenses as well as lost wages. For more information on back injuries and worker’s compensation, contact the Pennsylvania back injury at work lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams at 888-979-7298 today.
Common Workplace Back Injuries
Lifting incidents, repetitive motion, slip and falls, and other accidents are often the source of back injuries. For some people, sitting incorrectly or in a bad chair for hours on end can agitate pre-existing injuries or lead to new and debilitating back pain. Back injuries can be costly to treat and the pain and limited ability to move can last for a long time. In some cases, treatment may be required for the remainder of the individual’s life in order to manage pain and other symptoms.
Avoiding Back Injury
It is important to take whatever steps you can to avoid hurting your back. Common ways to avoid back injury include:
- Avoid lifting objects that are extremely heavy or awkward
- Always ask for help if you think something might be too heavy to carry alone
- If your job requires objects and items to be lifted frequently, invest in support clothing including lifting belts and vests to help provide additional support.
- Utilize tools and machinery to help lift extremely large items
- Do not put yourself at undue risk by trying to lift something that is obviously too heavy for you
- Request a chair that fits your body properly and sit with correct posture
- Arrange your desk so you can see your computer while sitting appropriately
If you have suffered a back injury at work, contact Lowenthal & Abrams at 888-979-7298 to discuss your legal options. James Mogul, a certified expert in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law*, will discuss your claim with you and help you protect your rights to benefits.