Is your back stiff, strained, tight, or aching from a recent injury at your place of employment?
Back injuries are among the most common type of injury for employees across the United States. There is a broad range of severity and discomfort when it comes to back pain, however it is common for back pain to significantly interfere with work duties and require medical attention. If the back injury is due to job-related activities, it is likely covered by workers’ compensation in New Jersey.
Common Back Injuries
There are a number of different ways that employees can hurt their back at work. Pushing, pulling, and lifting injuries, also called manual materials handling in workers’ compensation claims, account for the majority of back injuries in the workplace. However, individuals can experience a back injury by simply sitting in the same position for too long. The physical pain of a back injury often occurs because of:
- Strain on the lower back muscles
- Pinched nerve
- Spinal cord injury or pressure
- Herniated disc aggravated by work activity
- Slipped or bulging disc in the back, and
- Fractured vertebrae.
Back injuries occur from an isolated injury. This could be slipping while pulling or pushing a heavy object. Alternatively, many back injuries occur because of repetitive strain on a particular part of the back. This more gradual development of a back injury is how office managers, lawyers, and software developers find themselves suffering work-related back injuries.
What begins as a dull pain or ache can develop into a more severe and disabling back injury. It is not uncommon for employees to ignore back pain until it interferes with their work duties, even though early detection and rehabilitation of the back would be an easier solution to most back pain.
Effects of Preexisting Condition
Many employees start a new job with work history or prior injury that predisposes them to a back injury on the job. Employers or insurance providers may try to convince employees that this preexisting condition or predisposition to a back injury disqualifies him or her for workers’ compensation benefits. Under New Jersey law, this is not true.
The New Jersey Workers’ Compensation Law provides benefits for an injured employee, regardless of preexisting condition or predisposition for a particular injury. The crux of this point is that the actual injury must be work-related.
If the catalyst for your pain, doctors’ visits, other medical treatment, or time off work was precipitated by an accident or incident at work, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. This is true even if your back pain is partly caused by age or anatomical reasons. It can be difficult to determine the difference between a work and non-work back injury, but a workers’ compensation lawyer in New Jersey can further evaluate your claim and specifics of your case.
Consult a New Jersey Attorney
If you are experiencing pain or in need of medical attention due to a back injury, but have not received workers’ compensation benefits from your employer it is time to speak with a New Jersey attorney. The Law Office of Albert J. Talone can provide an honest assessment of your injury, and give advice on filing a workers’ compensation claim. Call our office at (856)-234-4023.