Sustaining a back injury at work may not seem too serious at first, but depending on the extent of your injury, can be debilitating. Some back injuries may make it difficult or impossible to return to work, especially if you work in an industry that requires a lot of physical labor. While some industries may put people more at risk of a back injury than others, some industries are simply more prone to these types of injuries than others. Some of these industries include industrial and construction, factory work, and the medical field. Other factors may also make you more susceptible to back injuries, such as your age and overall physical health.
According to MayoClinic.org, some of the common causes of back injuries at work include:
- Force: Some of the most serious back injuries may be the result of lifting too much, moving objects that are too heavy, or any other activities that cause you to overwork your back. For example, if you work in a warehouse and you’re constantly lifting heavy merchandise without the right back support, you might seriously injure your back.
- Inactivity: Not all back injuries are the direct result of hard labor. In fact, being too inactive (such as with a desk job), can actually result in a back injury. This may be due to sitting in a chair that doesn’t provide the proper back support or having poor posture in a position that requires a lot of sitting.
- Repetitive movements: If your daily on-the-job duties include repetitive moments that involve your back, such as constant spinal rotation or twisting, it can eventually result in a painful back injury.
If you’re unable to return to work due to your back injury, whether temporarily or permanently, you may have filed a workers’ compensation claim. Depending on the details of your injury and the cause, you may also be pursuing additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit if the negligence of another was the cause of your work-related back injury.
Everyone’s situation is different, but one common factor that is shared by many: there is often a waiting period before any money is received. Between a loss of income, medical bills, and other expenses, we understand that waiting for that money isn’t always feasible. At USClaims, we offer pre-settlement funding solutions so that plaintiffs can receive their money sooner. Contact us today to learn more about the process and to get started.