A large number of workers each year experience neck and back injuries. In many of these accidents involving these types of injuries, a party besides the worker is responsible for the worker’s injuries. In these situations, it is essential to retain the assistance of skilled legal counsel in order to maximize your workers’ compensation benefits.
Each year, a large number of workers sustain neck and back injuries on the job. The United States Department of Labor approximates that one of every five workplace injuries involves a worker’s neck or back.
Some of the professions that are at risk of neck and back injuries include agricultural workers, carpenters, commercial fishermen, dairy farmers, electricians, forestry workers, laborers, loggers, masons, miners, quarry workers, roofers, welders, pipe fitters, and plumbers. There are several common causes of neck and back injuries, which include the following:
- Lifting Heavy Loads
- Repetitive Motion
- Transportation-Related Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recognizes several body positions that can result in work injuries, including the following:
- Repeatedly tilting one’s head forward, backward, or to the side which can occur when a computer is positioned at the wrong angle.
- Failing to support one’s upper body while their torso is tilted to the side.
- Maintaining the same posture for a prolonged period of time.
- Twisting and bending while picking up an object or bending over.
There are many different types of injuries within the category of neck and back injuries including the following:
- Cervical and Lumbar Disc Disease
- Compression Fractures
- Connective Tissue Injuries
- Soft Tissues Injuries
- Spasms in Neck and Back Muscles
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Spinal Stenosis
- Tendon or Ligament Sprains or Strains
- Vision Impairment
There are some important safety precautions that workers should apply to decrease the risk of a back or neck injury. Some of these pieces of advice include the following:
- Be Careful About How Much Is Lifted. It is vital for workers to avoid bending over from the waist while lifting heavy objects. Workers must avoid twisting their body while lifting.
- Place a Computer at Eye Level. Workers should place a computer directly in front of them so that the individual does not have to look up or down to stare at the screen.
- Remain Alert to Your Posture. Workers should remember that the best type of chairs for preventing back are chairs with a straight back.
- Stretch. Stretching decreases the pressure on a worker’s pelvis as well as provides relief across an individual’s lower back.
- Use a Headset. Workers should use a hands-free device like a headset to talk on the phone. This type of arrangement allows work to avoid neck injuries that might result from holding a phone incorrectly.
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Our Boston workers’ compensation attorneys are able to secure the following benefits for injured workers and their families when workers sustain injuries for accidents that occur within the scope of the workers employment: Partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent and total disability benefits, death benefits, scarring and disfigurement benefits.
If you or a loved one sustain a neck or back injury on the job, do not hesitate to contact a skilled Boston work injury lawyer. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan are a group of Massachusetts Work Accident Attorneys with over 35 years of legal experience. Our legal counsel has helped individuals who have been injured in a number of work site accidents including back and neck injury accidents. Call our Brockton Workers’ Compensation Lawyer today for a free consultation.
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