While most people in Iowa realize that getting a back injury at work can qualify you to receive workers’ compensation, there are many aspects of this condition that are misunderstood. The many ways that this type of injury can be sustained and the various body parts it can affect mean that the circumstances involved in each case can be different for every individual. We at the Law Offices of Gallner and Pattermann have experience helping workers receive help with back injuries and can seek to make sure you receive the help you deserve.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, over 600,000 employees suffer from back injuries each year, making it one of the top causes of disability for working individuals. You may suffer from an acute back injury resulting from awkward movements, such as bending, twisting and holding certain positions for long periods of time. Another common cause is injuries sustained by repetitive movements made during lifting or vibrations from equipment.
Some back injuries are the result of workplace conditions, such as slippery floors and poor design of the work station. Pushing workers to complete long hours can also result in fatigue and poor posture while lifting, carrying or pulling objects.
Back injuries can occur in several parts of your back, including the discs, ligaments, muscles and vertebrae, or a combination of multiple parts. Constant stress can lead to micro-trauma, which can make injuries unrecognizable until the symptoms become severe. For more information on this topic, please visit our web page.