Workplace injuries are a serious problem for Illinois workers. Accidents happen each day and workers suffer painful and debilitating harm while performing the work they have been asked to do by their employers. When a worker suffers an on-the-job accident, they may be unable to perform their duties and earn their pay.
In some instances, workers harmed in accidents at work can seek workers’ compensation. One of the most common types of workplace injury reported by Americans is back injury. Back injuries are common because they can occur in practically any employment industry and from many different types of work-related responsibilities.
Common causes of back injuries at work
Back injuries at work often happen when workers manipulate objects with their bodies. This can include, but is not limited to: lifting; carrying; lowering; and holding.
Objects that workers can manipulate can range from packages at a sorting facility to patients at a hospital or nursing home. When a worker is not trained to properly maneuver an object or is not given the right tools to perform such a maneuver, they may suffer a debilitating injury to their back.
Workers’ compensation for back injuries
A back injury can leave an individual unable to move and struggling through pain. Depending on the nature and severity of their harm, they may be unable to perform basic tasks necessary for their job. An attorney who works in the workers’ compensation field of law can provide such an individual with information on their options for seeking compensation from their employer. For those who qualify, workers’ compensation can help a worker stay financially afloat as they recuperate from their workplace accident.