Across all types of workers, back injuries are some of the most common types of work-related medical conditions. From lifting heavy objects to sitting with poor posture, there are countless ways that individuals’ job duties can lead to back pain and injuries that may even require surgery.
If you suffered a back injury on the job, you may have a claim for workers’ compensation. With only limited exceptions, Illinois law requires all employers to maintain workers’ compensation insurance to cover their employees’ work-related injuries. Importantly, you do not need to have been performing your official job duties when you were injured in order to claim workers’ compensation. Learn more about employees’ rights to workers’ compensation in Illinois.
This page provides information about some of the most common work-related back injuries. However, this is not a list of all back injuries that can entitle injured workers to benefits under workers’ compensation. If you have suffered any type of back injury on the job, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation about your case.
Along with the injuries discussed above, there are a number of other common types of work-related back injuries. Again, this list is not intended to be exhaustive, and if you have experienced any type of work-related back injury, Malman Law can help you determine if you are entitled to file for workers’ compensation. Some other common back injuries that can justify workers’ compensation claims include:
If you are unsure whether you have suffered a back injury, the best thing to do is to go to your doctor for an examination. Limited mobility, muscle spasms, numbness, pain, stiffness, and tingling are all symptoms that may suggest a serious back injury.
The vertebrae are the bones that make up your spine. In work accidents – including vehicle collisions and falls – the vertebrae can fracture due to compression of the spine. Fractures can occur in all three regions of the back (the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar), as well as the sacrum and coccyx in the lower spine.
Sciatica is a form of back pain that radiates along the sciatic nerve from the lower back down the back of the legs. Back pain from sciatica is typically worst when sitting, and in some cases may even extend to the feet and toes. Sciatica is a common symptom of a variety of work-related back injuries, including pinched nerves and herniated discs.
In between the vertebrae are rubbery, fluid-filled cushions called “discs.” When the exterior of a disc cracks (which is common in traumatic events), the fluid center of the disc can escape, irritating the nearby nerves in the back. This can lead to pain, numbness, and weakness in the arms and legs. While most herniated discs do not require surgery, recovery can require extensive rest – leaving many individuals unable to return to work.
Spinal stenosis is a medical condition that occurs when the open spaces within the spine are compressed. This puts pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves that travel through the spine into the arms and legs. Stenosis is a type of “wear and tear” injury that often develops over an extended period of performing strenuous tasks.
Many workers ignore back pain or simply assume that some level of pain “comes with the territory.” Over time, if back injuries are ignored, pain can worsen and injuries can become much more severe. If you have undiagnosed back pain that you believe may be related to your job, you should see a doctor promptly for a thorough diagnosis.
2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet
NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim