Work-related back injuries can be devastating. They can stop you from doing your job and affect your everyday life. These injuries are widespread in certain industries, such as construction and health care. However, people in any career field can experience a back injury on the job.
If you are injured at work, you can recover the compensation you need to move forward with life. Contact the New York City work injury lawyers at Hecht, Kleeger & Damashek, P.C. at 212-490-5700, or use our online contact form to reach out for a consultation of your case.
A work-related back injury can happen to anyone. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries annually. They account for nearly 20% of all injuries sustained on the job.
Some industries experience a higher rate of back injuries on the job than others, including:
The types of back injuries and causes suffered by individuals vary greatly depending on the nature of the job. In general, injuries to the back typically involve a lot of force or pressure. They can simultaneously affect all parts of the back or be targeted to one specific area.
There are specific steps you should take after a workplace back injury to ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve.
Get medical treatment right away. Call an ambulance and go to the ER if you cannot move after your injury. If your back begins hurting after your shift, you should immediately go to the hospital or an urgent care location that can take x-rays. You need to get a diagnosis and determine the severity of your injuries.
You should report your injury to your supervisor or human resources department immediately. This will allow them to document what happened. The accident report can be used in your workplace injury claim later.
Take pictures of the scene if you can move after your accident. You need to document what caused your injury, such as water on the floor or broken stairs. Your employer may try to cover up what happened, so this early documentation is essential.
You should also get the names and contact details of anyone who witnessed your accident. These people will be able to support your claim in the future.
You should contact a work injury lawyer to protect your rights after you hurt your back on the job. Your attorney can help you gather evidence to support your workers’ comp claim or third-party personal injury lawsuit. They can also help you determine your claim’s value and ensure you get the most compensation possible.
If your employer is fully responsible for your damages, the only way to recover compensation in New York is to file a workers’ compensation claim. This no-fault insurance process allows you to get money for lost wages. Additionally, your medical bills will be 100% paid through workers’ comp.
A workers’ comp claim can be submitted online through the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board Home. The New York C3 Form requests information about you, your employer, your job, your injury, and the medical treatment you’ve received. This form is essential to begin your claim.
In some situations, other parties may be responsible for your back injury. A third party, such as another contractor, a vehicle manufacturer, a driver, or someone other than your employer or coworker may be liable. In this case, you can file a third-party personal injury lawsuit, which can help you cover all your damages.
Back injuries are some of the most common damages sustained on the job in New York. If you are hurt, you should immediately call a work injury lawyer who can guide you through the legal process of filing a claim. Workers’ comp may deny your claim, or a third party may try to deny fault. It’s essential to get legal advice as soon as possible.
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