One of the most common injuries that occurs in the workplace is an injury to part of the back. Back injuries can occur anywhere from the tailbone up to the neck and can come in many different forms. If someone is injured at work they may be able to apply for workers compensation. For example, a worker in Rhode Island can sustain injury to any of the following:
- Tears, sprains, or strains1 of the tendons, ligaments, muscles, or other soft tissue
- Fractures or other damage to the vertebrae in the spinal cord
- Damage to the discs that absorb shock in between the vertebrae.
Any of these types of injuries can have serious effects on a victim’s life, including chronic and debilitating pain, limitations of mobility, and more. In order to heal, a back injury often requires extensive medical treatment, including medication, physical therapy, and even surgery.
” § 28-33-1 Employees entitled to compensation. – If an employee who has not given notice of his claim of common law rights of action, or who has given the notice and has waived the common law rights, as provided in § 28-29-19, receives a personal injury arising out of and in the course of his or her employment, connected and referable to the employment, he or she shall be paid compensation, as hereinafter provided, by an employer subject to or who has elected to become subject to the provisions of chapters 29 – 38 of this title.” TITLE 28 Labor and Labor Relations CHAPTER 28-33 Workers’ Compensation – Benefits
Common causes of workplace back injuries in Providence RI- workers Compensation
Some back injuries such as herniated disk at work in Providence can result from one identifiable traumatic accident while others may slowly develop over time due to repetitive job duties. Some of the most common causes of back injuries on the job include:
- Falls from heights
- Heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling or objects or equipment
- Loading and unloading
- Handling awkward objects or equipment
- Repeated bending, stooping down, or reaching up
- Sitting in a non-ergonomically friendly2 workspace
- Operating equipment such as jackhammers or excavators
- Driving vehicles without proper seats or shocks over rough terrain
- Performing duties beyond your physical limits and abilities
Workers’ compensation benefits for your back injury
No matter how your back injury happened, you deserve adequate workers’ compensation benefits if your injury was job-related and your employer is required to provide workers’ comp coverage. Benefits can include medical care, partial wage replacement during missed work, and benefits for temporary or permanent disability. Workers’ compensation insurance companies do not always offer you the full benefits you deserve, so it is important to have an Rhode Island workers compensation attorney review your situation to ensure you obtain proper benefits for your back injury.
A RI workers compensation lawyer can help you get the worker’s comp payments that you deserve. Workers compensation lawyers in Rhode Island will be experienced in handling claims in RI workers Comp Court.
by Matt Dolman, Dolman Law