Harrisburg Back Injury Lawyer
Suffering a back injury can be debilitating, and serious back pain can limit your ability to perform work or do the things that you love. Unfortunately, back injuries are extremely common workplace injury types, especially amongst manual laborers. At the offices of Ira H. Weinstock, P.C., our Harrisburg back injury lawyers are prepared to fight for your right to compensation if you have incurred a back injury as a result of an on-the-job accident. Send us a message today to schedule your free consultation.
Common Types of Back Injuries
The most common types of back injuries can be divided into these categories:
- Strains and sprains (soft tissue injuries). Strains are stretched or torn tendons or muscles, and sprains are stretched or torn ligaments. These injuries can occur as a result of repetitive motion, improper or heavy lifting, or an awkward movement, such as twisting too quickly.
- Fractured vertebrae injuries. A fractured vertebra in the back is a very serious injury type and is only possible when a large amount of force is exerted on the spine. For example, a worker may suffer a fractured vertebrae injury if they suffered a fall from a height, are involved in a motor vehicle accident, or are hit with a large piece of machinery. One of the biggest risks of a fractured vertebrae injury is harm to the spinal cord, which could result in permanent paralysis.
- Herniated disk injuries. The spine is comprised of a number of disks that sit between the vertebrae. The disks are filled with a jelly-like substance and help to cushion the vertebrae and absorb shock. If the disk ruptures and the jelly-like substance leaks, the surrounding nerves are aggravated – this is called a herniated disk injury. This type of injury can be the result of repetitive motion or a sudden injury.
- Aggravation of a prexisting back problem.
Workers’ Compensation for a Back Injury in Pennsylvania
Workers’ compensation insurance covers the vast majority of employees in Pennsylvania and is designed to pay for medical benefits and lost wages when a worker is injured while performing a work-related task. In order to recover compensation, a worker must prove that the injury occurred at a work-related function, was caused by a specific work activity, happened suddenly at a specific time or happened from repetitive activity. You have the right to receive compensation for all necessary and reasonable medical expenses related to the injury. Lost wage replacement benefits are available, too.
Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Work for You
At the law offices of Ira H. Weinstock, P.C., our workers’ compensation lawyers have the experience you’re looking for. If you have suffered a back injury and need to seek workers’ compensation, please call us today. We can guide you through the claim process and represent you in interactions with your employer and workers’ compensation insurer. Consultations are free of charge – send us a message or call our office directly to get started.