Some Signs Of A Serious Back Injury
Both employers and workers can take steps to prevent back injuries. For example, to reduce the risk of back injuries, employers can avoid asking employees to engage in activities that can cause back pain (where reasonably practicable). On the other hand, employees can, among other things, pay attention to posture, modify repetitive tasks, and lift properly. However, even after an employer or employee takes steps to reduce the risk of a back injury, a back injury can still occur. In fact, back injuries are quite common in the workplace. When a person thinks of work-related injuries, one of the first injuries they think about is back injuries.
Back injuries are so common to the point that many employees shrug off symptoms that might indicate a medical emergency. But if you suffered a back injury while on the job, you should be careful not to dismiss symptoms that might indicate a serious injury that requires immediate medical attention.
So, which symptoms indicate a serious back injury that requires immediate medical attention? The following are some of the signs you need to look out for that could indicate you suffered a serious back injury;
Sudden Sharp Pain
If you are experiencing sudden sharp pain, this could indicate a serious back injury. Sharp pain instead of a dull ache could indicate an issue with an internal organ in the back or side or a torn ligament or muscle.
Also, if you are experiencing pain that moves to the legs or glutes, it could indicate that you suffered a serious back injury. Such pain could be an indication that a nerve is compressed.
Difficulties With Everyday Activities and Walking
If you are experiencing difficulties with everyday activities, such as dressing, taking a shower, getting in and out of bed, and using the toilet, you could have suffered a serious back injury. Also, if you are experiencing a loss of normal movement or, in other words, experiencing difficulties when walking, it could be a sign that you suffered a serious back injury. Leg weakness can indicate a compressed nerve in the spine. If, for example, you were involved in an accident while driving your company’s truck, it is possible that you suffered a compressed nerve.
Noticeable Bulges or Hunching
If you can notice bulges or hunching, this could mean you have herniated discs. Herniated discs can occur because of various things, including performing a physically demanding job over a long period. For example, repetitive pulling, pushing, and lifting can result in herniated discs. Frequent driving can also cause herniated discs. Herniated discs can be an indication of a serious back injury. Emergency surgery is sometimes necessary when a person has herniated discs. Sometimes, not undergoing emergency surgery can result in permanent paralysis or weakness.
You Are Entitled to Compensation for Your Back Injury
You are entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered a back injury while on the job. This is true regardless of the severity of your back injury. However, the more severe your injury, the more compensation you are entitled to. A qualified workers’ compensation attorney can help with your claim.
Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you’ve suffered a back injury or any other injury while on the job and need help recovering the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve, contact our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer at Connolly Injury Law.