New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer Presented by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall
New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyer Presented by Daniel Santarsiero, Esq. of the Law Offices of Jonathan F. Marshall

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Workers’ compensation for back injuries

On Behalf of | Apr 12, 2022 | Work Injuries

Many New Jersey residents understand how debilitating a back injury can be. They can come on quickly or can be building up for many years. Many times, a back injury can be caused by your job. Back injuries are one of the most common workplace injuries and affect up to one million workers each year according to the Department of Labor. They are the reason for 25% of workers’ compensation claims.

Causes of back injuries

There are two general causes of back injuries:

  1. Traumatic back injury. This is caused by a fall, struck by machinery, or an accident.
  2. Repetitive stress injuries. These injuries are caused by sitting posture, exposure to vibration, repetitive activities, etc.

These situations cause all sorts of back injuries for workers. There are many different types of back injuries a worker can suffer. These include:

  • Lower back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Herniated or ruptured discs
  • Muscle strains
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Loss of nerve function
  • Slipped vertebra

The good news for New Jersey workers is that traumatic and stress back injuries qualify you for workers’ compensation. Back injuries are incredibly painful and require medical attention to assess the problem. The treatment plan may be physical therapy or even surgery. You may be out of work for a long time because of the injuries and workers’ compensation can help you pay for this period. A legal professional who is skilled in workers’ compensation can help an injured New Jersey worker obtain the compensation they are entitled to. They can help file a claim and even help if their initial claim is denied. Their goal is to make sure their client receives proper medical care and is able to recover from their injury.