Job-Related Back Injuries
The results of a recent study determined that approximately one third of all job-related back injuries that justify compensation could be prevented with the application of better ergonomics in job design. Ergonomics is the way in which workplace tools and implementations are placed utilized in order to best protect the body and prevent injury. Factors that should be taken into consideration when striving to avoid workplace back injuries include:
- Weight /size reductions in limitations placed on lifting
- Adjustments to the heights of shelves and pallets
- Obstructions preventing ease of access to objects being lifted
- Installation of mechanical and motorized lifting and moving aids (automatic material handling equipment, pneumatic lifts, conveyors)
- Changes to frequency and duration of lifting activities
Other Traumatic Back Injuries
Car accidents and slip and fall accidents are major causes of back injury. These injuries may be short lived with only a few days or a few weeks of recovery needed. Other related back injuries can be very detrimental to a person’s life for years to come.
Cumulative back injuries are caused when the back has been injured, but the results are not immediately recognized, or the injury is not serious enough for the person to seek medical attention. Then, further injury occurs which complicates the original problem. Basically, the back is injured repeatedly without proper opportunity to heal and strengthen the muscles, the injury never completely heals. It is instead compounded through re-injury until chronic problems begin to occur and complicate simple daily tasks.
Back injuries, whether traumatic or minor at the onset are not a situation to be taken lightly. Without a fully functioning back, you will suffer reduced ability to perform many daily tasks that otherwise seem automatic. Improper care and rest of a back injury can compound an already existing problem and incite more pain, expense, missed work and reduced daily functioning with every minute that passes.
At the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., our Florida personal injury lawyer represents clients on a contingency basis. This means that the attorneys are only paid a fee if there is a recovery in your case. To learn more about legal representation after a back injury, please contact the Law offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., for a free consultation.