A back injury can be debilitating if not cared for properly. It can change your life in an instant, prevent you from working, and make it difficult to provide for your family. These injuries can take months to recover from and can cost thousands of dollars in medical treatment. If you need surgery, you could find yourself in a precarious situation when it comes to recovery time and your ability to pay the bills. Let’s explore the most common causes of back and spine injuries.
Motor Vehicle Accidents
The most common cause of back injuries is motor vehicle accidents. Car, truck, and motorcycle crashes can cause substantial damage to your back and spine. An accident can cause compression on your spine depending on the severity of the collision. When the spine compresses, it can lead to significant problems and even paralysis. These injuries can lead to lower back pain, and you could be entitled to a car accident settlement if you can prove the other driver was responsible.
Lifting and Pulling Accidents
Do you work in a warehouse? If so, this occupation can be a common cause of spine injuries. Repetitively lifting and pulling heavy items in a warehouse or on a construction site can cause a lot of strain on your back and spine, especially if you are not lifting correctly. Are boxes being overloaded? Are your managers forcing you to lift too much weight or work extended hours? If so, these infractions can lead to a back injury. If you suffer an injury, workers’ compensation may offer you a reimbursement.
Falls from Heights
Working on scaffolding, ladders, or a roof are other common causes of back injuries. Falling from heights can be traumatic and even deadly. Many victims of falls suffer paralysis or other serious back injuries. You could also suffer broken bones, dislocated bones, amputations, impalements, and more. Make sure you always wear a harness when working on scaffolding and that all the tools are off the ground, so you do not trip on them. When working on a roof, be sure to wear non-slip shoes and work alongside a partner.
Can I Sue for a Spine Injury?
A spine injury can be devastating. Depending on the severity, the damage could prevent you from returning to work, leaving you to collect disability for the rest of your life. While disability is helpful, it might not cover all the bills. You could sue for a spine injury if the accident that led to the injury was due to someone else’s negligence.
Did You Suffer a Back Injury? Contact an Attorney Today
If you suffered a back injury due to one of these common causes, then you need to seek legal representation from an experienced personal injury attorney. Whether your injury occurred at work or in a car accident, you deserve maximum compensation for your injury. Call The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. at (973) 358-6134 to schedule a consultation today. With DeZao, it’s personal, and his team will fight tirelessly to protect you like you are part of the family.