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Back Injury Workers’ Compensation

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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Back injuries regularly force individuals in the Chicago area to miss time from work. If you suffered a back injury on the job, our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you collect the benefits you deserve.

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.

Common Work-Related Back Injuries

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.

Broken or Fractured Vertebrae

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.

Damage to the Sciatic Nerve (Sciatica)

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.

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.

Undiagnosed Back Pain

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.

Other Common Types of Back Injuries

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:

  • Disc degeneration
  • Infections
  • Pinched nerves
  • Shifting vertebrae
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tissue erosion

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.

Speak with a Chicago, IL Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Back Injuries at Malman Law Today

At Malman Law, we have decades of experience helping injured workers secure maximum benefits through workers’ compensation. To find out if you are entitled to benefits for your back injury, we invite you to schedule a free, confidential consultation with one of our attorneys. We serve injured workers throughout the Chicagoland area, and our “zero fee” guarantee means that you pay nothing unless we help you secure just compensation.

To schedule your free consultation, call (312) 629-0099or submit our online form now.

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  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

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  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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