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Beware of back injuries while working

| Jun 7, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Back injuries at work don’t always occur as a sudden pain that results from an accident. It’s possible for the pain to come from overworking the muscles in the area. There are several things that might lead to back pain, so employers must do their part to control the hazards that workers face.

Cumulative trauma damage takes prolonged exposure to the activity before it starts to cause a problem. At first, you might notice that you’re a bit sore. Some might assume that they just pulled a muscle. It might abate some after you have some time to rest, but it will come back when you do work again.

If you notice that your back is sore more than usual or has an ache that won’t go away fully, you may need to see your doctor. There is a chance that you have a repetitive motion injury that needs to be addressed before it gets worse.

At work, being able to use ergonomic equipment can help to prevent some of the issues. Proper lifting protocol and specific techniques can also reduce the chance of you suffering from an injury.

If you do suffer from a repetitive motion injury at work, you need to ensure that you’re following the rules and guidelines that your medical team sets. This might include time off. There isn’t any reason for you to have pay for these damages.

Payment for your medical care and for the time you missed work may come from workers’ compensation benefits if your employer has coverage. If you don’t get the benefits you’re due, you may need to appeal the decision. Seeking the assistance from someone knowledgeable in these matters may help you deal with them.