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When Work Hurts: Seeking Compensation and Treatment for Back Pain
Perhaps your back gave out as you caught a slipping load; or perhaps you slouched in an uncomfortable office chair day after day, year after year, and then developed extreme low back pain. Either way, your workplace accident debilitated you, and now you need to figure out the next steps. For better or for worse, you’re not alone: millions of people can trace back pain to their workplaces.
In fact, back pain is the single most common complaint in a wide range of professions. At any given moment, between 15% and 42% of the population suffers from back pain, much of it related to workplace accidents or to years of repetitive work.
Over the next several weeks, we’re going to explore this topic in great depth on the blog, providing insights and resources to help you deal with your journey to recovery. Below is an overview of some of the key areas we’ll examine—please bookmark the blog and stay tuned for updates, or contact our team for help with workers’ compensation.
Identifying Your Injury
Back pain can take many forms, none of which are particularly pleasant. Some injuries, like a pulled muscle, are temporary and manageable. Others, like a slipped disk, are acute and persistent. To determine how serious your injury is, see a doctor. (In future posts, we’ll dive into the science—and controversy—of back injury diagnosis and explain how insurance companies think about these issues.)
Finding the Right Treatment
In some cases, a restful break may be all you need to heal. Physical therapy also helps repair muscles, reducing pain or eliminating it for good. Serious situations, like a slipped disk, may require surgery.
Back injuries from workplace accidents and overuse both qualify for workers’ compensation in the state of Georgia. In other words, you may qualify for time off work as well as money to compensate you for costs related to physical therapy or surgery.
Living with the Agony
Despite the debilitating nature of these injuries, your life isn’t over, and neither is your career. As we move forward in our series, we’ll take a look at various systems and ideas for living well with pain.
For instance, good lifting techniques and improved office space ergonomics can help once you return to work.
Navigating the emotional, physical and financial chaos created by a major back injury can be overwhelming. We’re here to help you get fair compensation, so you can focus on getting better. To learn more, contact Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP for a confidential consultation.