Back Injuries That Can Lead To Workers' Compensation

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Posted on February 06, 2017

Severe back disorders can often be overlooked when workers are continually over exercising their muscles during their daily work routine. Repetitive activity over time such as lifting heavy materials every day or a single traumatic event can trigger a back injury. Those who have a higher risk for suffering from back injuries tend to work in the following types of occupations:

  • Police Work
  • Fire Fighting
  • Construction
  • Office Work
  • Truck Driving
  • Landscaping
  • Health Care
  • Factory Work

Whether it’s sitting at your desk, driving an automobile, or lifting heavy weights, those types of activities are straining to a worker’s spine. Back injuries, if left untreated, can result in a disabling injury that can affect the overall wellness and lifestyle of living. It’s important to know the causes of back pain so each type of worker can be aware of the possible symptoms.   


Causes of Back Injuries at work:

  • Force- Exerting too much force on your back.
    • Lifting or moving heavy objects
  • Repetition- Repeating certain movements that involve twisting, bending or rotating your spine.
  • Inactivity- Sitting for an extended period of time.
    • Desk jobs can lead to back pain, especially if you have poor posture or have a chair with inadequate back support.

Symptoms of back injuries

  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Sharp pain
  • Pulsating Pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tenderness
  • Sciatica (Shooting pain that goes down one or both legs

If you work in one of the occupations listed above and injured your back on the job due to one of the causes, it is important to go to the doctor and to also talk to a personal injury lawyer. If an injury leads to a more serious and complicated disability such as, paraplegia or quadriplegia, the injured worker is entitled to lifetime benefits. For this reason, it is vital to contact an experienced lawyer who can help you document the injury and provide proof of the lifetime cost and severe and permanently disabling back injury.


If you are seeking workers' compensation for a back injury, it is vital to be able to document both the cause of the injury and the extent to which the injury interferes with your ability to work. The attorneys of Popowski, Callas & Shirley, P.A., have substantial experience in assisting South Carolina workers obtain workers' compensation benefits after a serious back injury on the job.

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