Let's start with a fact: Stats show that back pain is among the top three reasons why folks miss time from work in the United States.
Whether you've had a tumble at the worksite or been singing the desk-job blues, back pain tops the work woes list.
Types of Work-Related Back Injuries
Back injuries are versatile; they can be a result of a sudden mishap or the slow burn of repetitive strain. Let's look at how these injuries typically play out:
- Falls and Tumbles: Accidents happen, and falls or impacts at work can lead to spinal trouble.
- Repetitive Stress: Sometimes, it's the daily grind that takes a toll. Repetitive actions like lifting, bending, or twisting can gradually wear down your back, and cause pain.
- Sedentary Strains: Even if your job involves more sitting than standing, it doesn't mean your back gets a break. Long hours spent seated, poor posture, or lifting heavy objects can still lead to back problems.
How to Prove That Your Back Pain Is Work-Related?
One of the trickiest steps in securing workers' compensation benefits for back pain is showing that your injury truly relates to your job. Workers' comp insurers sometimes sing the "it's a pre-existing condition or it happened off duty" song, but that doesn't mean you have to join in.
A work-related injury needn't necessarily strike at your worksite, it could be while you were doing stuff that had something to do with work.
How to Build a Strong Case for Your Work-Related Back Pain?
First things first, see a workers’ comp doctor. Tell them the whys, wheres and hows of your back pain, so they know it spun around work stuff. Their report affirming the same can be a big help.
Plus, any footage or statements from folks (could be coworkers or others) who witnessed the accident or saw you juggling repetitive tasks could be a good piece of evidence. If the claim hits a roadblock, hiring a workers' comp attorney can be your best move.
We've got your back! At HEMA, our workers' comp doctors deal with number of workers' comp cases daily, so they are experience – from your care to your claim. Drop us a line!