Neck and Back Injuries

Neck and back injuries can have severe consequences for a workplace accident victim. There are many ways the neck or back can be injured at work, and not all of them are one-off accidents. Workers can suffer repetitive strain injuries in these areas if they routinely lift and carry heavy objects. Lifting items that are too heavy for the individual, or lifting them incorrectly, can also put him or her at risk of suffering a back injury. The neck can also be injured from severe strain on the muscles.

Neck and back injuries are not uncommon among workers who are involved in workplace accidents. If you suffer this type of injury in an accident, you can be out of work for weeks, even months. In severe cases, a neck or back injury can be the end of your career.

Specific Types of Neck and Back Injury

There are a lot of bones in your neck and back. There are also a lot of muscles, tendons, and ligaments, known collectively as soft tissue. Your back is also home to your spinal cord, the pathway for all electrical signals in your body. When the spinal cord is injured, you can be paralyzed, lose sensation in specific areas of your body, and suffer from bladder or bowel dysfunction.

Other specific types of back and neck injury include:

  • Whiplash;
  • Fractured vertebrae;
  • Herniated disks;
  • Sprains;
  • Strains; and
  • Nerve pinch injuries.

What Causes Neck and Back Injuries?

Back injuries and neck injuries can result from any type of workplace accident. A few examples include:

  • Vehicle collisions;
  • Falls;
  • Impact with projectile and falling objects; and
  • Accidents where the victim is pinned between two objects.

Complications of a Neck or Back Injury

The long-term complications a back or neck injury victim faces depend on the type of injury he or she sustained and the promptness and quality of medical care he or she received afterward. Typically, the sooner a person receives medical care, the better his or her chance of making a full recovery.

Long-term complications of a neck or back injury can include:

  • Chronic pain in the affected area;
  • Headaches;
  • Muscle stiffness;
  • Joint pain;
  • Reduced range of motion; and
  • Partial paralysis.

When a neck or back injury involves injury to the spinal cord, the victim can face more severe complications, like:

  • Sexual dysfunction;
  • Partial or total paralysis;
  • Coma;
  • Impaired bladder and bowel control; and
  • Blood clots.

Work with an Experienced Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you suffer a neck or back injury in an accident at work, you can pursue compensation for your medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages, and in some cases, vocational rehabilitation through a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more about your rights and how you can pursue these benefits, contact The Law Office of Rick J. DeMedeiros, P.C. today to set up your initial consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.