Back and Neck Injuries
If you’re injured at work, you have legal rights. While it can be overwhelming to get hurt at work, The RSnyder Law Firm, PC wants to help.
Neck and back injuries can have serious physical consequences. Damage to the spine can be irreversible and the pain can impact your quality of life as well as your ability to work. Whether you’ve had an accident, or the repetitive work stress of your job has injured your neck or back, you need to know your legal options.
Types of Back and Neck Injuries
Back and Neck injuries happen at work all the time and sometimes occur without noticing it in the moment when a worker completes even a simple task. One of the most common causes of workplace injuries in California is lifting. But back and neck injuries can happen at work even if you aren’t participating in an activity more likely to cause injuries. Some of the most common types of neck and back injuries that happen at work include:
- Neck Sprain: A neck sprain can happen when the ligaments in your neck are stretched, resulting in stiffness and pain.
- Whiplash: Whiplash is a neck strain caused when the muscles in your neck are torn or stretched.
- Pinched Nerves: A pinched nerve can happen when a ruptured disc or bone pinches nerves, causing pain and weakness.
- Herniated Disc: Also known as a slipped disc, this back injury occurs when sudden neck motion puts pressure on a disc, causing pain, weakness, and numbness.
The long-term consequences of back and neck injuries can be severe, with sometimes debilitating consequences. You should see a doctor immediately and be sure to notify your employer of your injury as well.
When Should You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
If you have a work-related back or neck injury, you should consider filing a workers’ compensation claim. When a specific one-time accident causes your injury, you only need to prove that the accident happened. While repetitive motion injuries may be harder to recognize as work injuries, you shouldn’t dismiss filing a workers’ compensation claim. You may be entitled to the cost of medical treatment, temporary or permanent disability payments, or a lump sum payment for severe injuries.
Fighting for workers’ compensation benefits isn’t something you have to do alone. Attorney Roshele Snyder, and the RSnyder Law Firm,PC is experienced at fighting for Southern California workers. We can help. Call us at (949) 484-0175 to schedule a free consultation.