There are any number of ways you could severely hurt your back at work. Perhaps the most common cause of work-related spinal injuries is lifting something heavy or lifting while in an awkward position. But you could also suffer a spinal injury when slipping or taking a fall. Moreover, a spinal condition could develop over time due to repetitive tasks that involve bending over or even sitting in a position that puts constant strain on your back.
Spinal injuries can be extremely painful and can cause a worker to miss stretches of time from the job. A spinal injury could also require prolonged medical care. If you are hospitalized for a spinal injury, there are several types of treatment you may be issued.
- Immobilization, wherein you are placed in traction to properly align your spine, stabilize your spine or both.
- Surgery to remove foreign objects, bone fragments, fractured vertebrae or herniated disks that could be compressing the spine.
- Intravenous medication, which is believed to decrease inflammation near the injury and reduce nerve cell damage.
Of course, the treatment you receive is contingent upon the specifics of your injury. But one thing is certain, the more severe the injury, the greater the impact it could have on your overall health and well-being. In the long-term, you may require pain medication, physical therapy or physical devices to aid in your recovery.
All of these treatments can be costly, meaning you will likely need all of the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled. Therefore, if you have suffered a spinal injury, you may want to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who can help you negotiate a fair settlement.