Back Injury Lawyer in Council Bluffs
Also Representing Clients in Nebraska & Iowa
Back pain is something that most people will experience at some point in their lives, but chronic aches and pains stemming from an injury or wear and tear on your spine is a more serious problem that will require medical intervention. If your back pain is a direct result of strain brought on by your job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, because back pain can be caused by many things and it’s sometimes difficult to determine the source, insurance companies will often aggressively resist these claims.
At Law Offices of Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., our workers compensation lawyer in Council Bluffs has represented many people who suffered from back injuries. We can help you prove the correlation between a work injury and your back pain so that you can claim the compensation you are owed.
Call (712) 481-9066 to schedule a consultation where you can tell us more about your back injury. We serve clients throughout Iowa and Nebraska.
Common Causes of Back Pain
Diagnosing the cause of back pain usually requires a diagnostic imaging procedure. If this does not work, then the doctor may actually begin a series of targeted treatments to determine the cause. For example, if a nerve block on a specific nerve cluster can relieve the pain, then this tells your doctor that the cause of the pain is in this area. The spine serves as a relay for your body’s nervous systems, so a back injury can cause pain in many different parts of the body, including the arms and legs. So identifying where in the back the pain stems from is a very important part of the diagnostic process.
Some common causes of back pain include:
- Lifting heavy objects
- Jerking, twisting, or straining back muscles
- Moving at high speeds and then stopping suddenly (whiplash)
- Herniated or “slipped” discs
- Spinal stenosis
- Abnormal spine curvature (scoliosis)
- Bad posture from sitting at a desk all day
Some of the items listed above are existing medical conditions that can be exasperated due to work-related stress. For instance, a herniated disc is a very common back problem, but one that might never cause someone pain. However, straining your back on a daily basis can cause the slipped disc to worsen and cause pain that you otherwise would never have experienced.
Ways to Prevent Back Injuries at Work
There are steps that employees can take and there are some that fall on the employer. Working together can keep everyone in good shape.
Here are some points about back health and safety for you to remember if you are in a taxing job that puts strain on your back.
Proper posture is important
You have to practice proper posture all the time. Slouching when you sit, walk or stand can lead to back problems. Make sure your back is straight and your shoulders are square when you are working. This can help to prevent too much strain on the back that will lead to a backache or injury.
Use anti-fatigue mats
Employers should provide employees with anti-fatigue mats to reduce the pressure on the knees and back. While this might seem unimportant, it can improve posture and prevent backaches. There are other devices that employers can offer, including back braces and ergonomic furniture to assist in keeping the spine properly aligned.
Find alternative ways to do jobs
It is important to find alternative ways to do your job when your duties will put a strain on your back. This might include making sure you bend at the knees when lifting heavy items and devices to help you pick them up. Even having another person work with you can reduce the risk of a back injury.
Prepare for your job when you are off work
You should stretch and strengthen your back when you are off work. While this shouldn't be a requirement for your job, it can benefit you greatly because you are less likely to suffer from injuries to the back if you have stronger muscles in the area. Don't focus just on your back. Your abdominal muscles also have a part in how your back fares with even regular life movements.
Take all back pain seriously
Some back injuries at work start off as minor pain. Make sure you take this type of pain seriously. If you feel any soreness or obvious discomfort in this area, you should seek out medical care. In some cases, rest and pain relieving medication might suffice, but it is usually a good idea to make sure that there isn't something more serious going on.
Our Legal Team Can Help You Build Your Claim
Given how difficult it can be to find out what causes back pain, it’s no surprise that insurance companies will make any excuse to fight these claims when they can. You will need a skilled attorney and ample medical records to make sure you are provided the compensation you deserve. Thankfully, this is not a battle you need to fight alone. Attorney Laura Pattermann, along with her team, has handled thousands of workers' compensation claims. We know how to demonstrate how an accident is directly linked to pain and present that evidence to the insurance company or a judge, if necessary.
Service to Injured Workers
As a member of the Iowa Association of Workers' Compensation Attorneys, Laura Pattermann has devoted her practice to representing injured workers.
Dedicated to Being Available
Our team is committed to being available to our clients, including by answering phones and returning calls promptly.
We believe that each client is entitled to work directly with the legal team they hired and do not deserve to be treated like a case number.
Only Represent the Injured
Our attorneys are licensed to practice in Iowa and Nebraska and are committed to helping the injured receive compensation in both states.
Our team boasts more than 100 years of combined experience in the fields of workers' compensation and personal injury law.
Insurance Industry Insight
Our team is comprised of former insurance defense lawyers, who now leverage their unique insight on behalf of the injured.