Workers comp attorney explains why back injuries at work are frequently disputed by employers and insurance companies in Michigan
Our workers comp attorneys are often contacted by individuals who have suffered an injury to their backs at work. These individuals may be experiencing chronic pain that interferes with their ability to do their jobs or their employers may not be honoring their medical restrictions.
Spinal injuries can be devastating because they can result in permanent work restrictions and a substantial loss of lifetime earnings. If you have always done heavy work, the transition to light work can be difficult and you might need to be retrained.
Surgery may also be required and rehabilitation can take months or even years. Common back surgeries include laminectomy and fusion procedures.
Employers and insurance companies don’t want the hassle of having to deal with a seriously injured worker
If you have suffered a back injury at work, you are entitled to wage loss and medical treatment under workers comp. You don’t have to fight your employer or the insurance company alone! An experienced workers comp attorney can help you get all the benefits that you deserve.
You might find yourself in court having to prove that you are actually hurt
It’s important that you report any back injury to your employer immediately and seek appropriate medical care. Your employer may require that you are seen at an industrial clinic, such as Concentra. Make sure that you explain how and when you hurt yourself at work. Back injuries often occur as the result of a specific event while lifting or from constant heavy labor. After 28 days, the law allows you to treat with your own doctor.
Injuries to the back are frequently disputed by employers and insurance companies
Unlike many other conditions, a personal injury to the back is often the most difficult to diagnose and treat. These types of workers comp claims frequently involve controversy. It is usually difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of back pain and even more difficult to prove that the work injury was the cause.
Seek a second opinion from a doctor that you trust
Employers and insurance companies will tell you that your back problems are just part of the aging process. If the insurance company doctor tells you that you just have degenerative disc disease, be sure to get a second opinion from your own doctor. This is especially true if you have been diagnosed with a herniated disc, disc protrusion, pinched nerve, sciatica or radiculopathy.
Preexisting back conditions can also be covered
Preexisting back conditions can be made worse by an injury at work. Just because you had medical treatment for your back in the past does not mean that you did not suffer an aggravation. If you were able to work before and now cannot work because of an injury this could be significant to your claim. Watch for new symptoms like pain and numbness down your leg.
To speak with an experienced workers compensation attorney, call (855) 221-COMP for a free consultation. We will make sure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive maximum compensation under the law.
- Alex Berman is the founder of the law firm. He’s been representing injured and disabled workers exclusively for more than 30 years. As a workers comp attorney, Alex has helped countless people obtain wage loss and medical treatment for their work-related back injuries.
- Photo courtesy of Creative Commons, by Michael Dorausch.