‘I Have Injured My Back, Now What?’
If you have suffered a severe neck or back injury while working, you are not alone. These types of injuries are common in construction, manufacturing and warehouse jobs and can significantly impact your quality of life. Our lawyer at the Law Office of Eric M. Overholt is here to help you navigate the complex process of filing for workers’ compensation and ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to.
How Back And Neck Injuries Happen
Back and neck injuries can occur due to sudden trauma, such as a fall, or from chronic strain, such as repetitive lifting or bending.
In construction, workers may need to lift heavy objects, climb ladders or scaffolding, or operate heavy machinery, which can stress the back and neck significantly.
In manufacturing and warehouse jobs, workers may also be required to lift and move heavy objects, operate machinery or work in awkward positions for long periods.
Types Of Back And Neck Injuries
Back and neck injuries can range from mild strains and sprains to more severe injuries such as herniated discs, fractured vertebrae, or spinal cord injuries. Neck injuries can also include whiplash. While whiplash is more commonly associated with car accidents, you can also experience whiplash from a fall.
Symptoms of back and neck injuries can include pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected area.
What Should You Do After Suffering An Injury At Work?
If you have suffered a back or neck injury at work, it is essential to seek medical attention right away, even if your symptoms seem mild. Your employer may require you to see a specific doctor for treatment, but you have the right to choose your doctor under California law.
It is also crucial to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible and file a workers’ compensation claim. The skilled attorney at the Law Office of Eric M. Overholt can help you navigate the process and pursue workers’ compensation benefits.
What Does Workers’ Compensation Cover?
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover medical expenses related to your injury, including doctor visits, hospital stays, surgery, physical therapy and medication. You may also be entitled to temporary or permanent disability benefits, which can help replace lost wages while you cannot work.
In severe cases, workers’ compensation benefits may cover vocational rehabilitation to help you retrain for a new job if you can no longer perform your previous job duties.
Get Started Today
Our experienced lawyer at the Law Office of Eric M. Overholt has helped many clients in California recover from back and neck injuries sustained while on the job. He understands your challenges and is here to provide compassionate, personalized legal representation. He will fight for your rights and work tirelessly to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact our San Diego office by calling 619-908-1563 or using the online contact form to schedule a free consultation.