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Back and Neck Injuries Can Change the Way You Work

workers injuriesAt Waple & Houk, PLLC, our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys know that back and neck injuries can happen in any workplace, and in any industry. Unfortunately, when they do, they can change more than just the way our North Carolina clients work, but their overall quality of life.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that approximately 25% of back and neck injuries that occur in the workplace are caused by a single incident, like a fall or machinery malfunction. Approximately 75% of all workplace back and neck injuries occur when lifting heavy objects, using improper technique, or repetitive motion.

Back and neck injuries are the top cause of all work-related injuries and disabilities. If you have suffered a sudden or chronic injury at work, do not dismiss the signs. Seek medical care to receive a proper diagnosis, then contact our Mecklenburg County workers’ compensation attorneys today for help building your case.

How Do Back and Neck Injuries Occur in North Carolina Workplaces?

Work-related spine, back, and neck injuries can happen anywhere, from offices and distribution centers to hospitals and manufacturing plants.

Some of the most common work-related neck, back, and spine injuries may include:

  • Reaction injuries like bending, reaching, slipping, tripping, or falling.
  • Overexertion injuries like holding, carrying, lifting, pulling, throwing, or pushing movements.
  • Repetitive motion injuries like assembly line and loading work can strain the muscles and tendons in the hands and wrists, shoulders and elbows, and knees.

If you have suffered a neck, back, spine, or joint injury at work in North Carolina, contact our experienced Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys for help today. We can help you file a workers’ compensation claim to cover your medical costs, wage replacement based on your worker impairment rating, and potentially a permanent partial disability rating.

What are the Most Common Types of Spine, Back, and Neck Injuries that Occur in North Carolina Workplaces?

For North Carolina workers, especially those whose jobs require constant moving, lifting, and loading, spine, back, and neck pain is not uncommon. As it comes and goes, so does the pain’s intensity, potentially leading to tingling or numbness in limbs or extremities, and restricted movement of the neck and back.

Some of the most common types of neck, back, and spine injuries may include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis.
  • Back strain.
  • Bulging or ruptured disks.
  • Cervical dislocation.
  • Cervical fractures.
  • Chronic neck pain.
  • Compression of a spinal nerve.
  • Degenerative disk disease.
  • Fractured collar bones.
  • Fractured vertebrae.
  • Herniated or ruptured discs.
  • Lumbar muscle damage.
  • Muscle or ligament strain.
  • Neck sprain.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Paraplegia or quadriplegia.
  • Skeletal irregularities.
  • Spinal stenosis.
  • Sprains and strained muscles.

If you have experienced a North Carolina workplace injury, your priority is to identify the extent of the damage by seeking medical care right away. Your medical treatment will depend on the nature and severity of the injury, and so will your workers’ compensation claim and recovery options. We can help.

Contact Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in North Carolina Today

Spinal fusion and other types of surgeries and treatment on the neck or back can be incredibly expensive. Early diagnosis is key to detecting the extent of an injury, the necessary treatment, and the basis for a workers’ compensation claim.

If you have been hurt at work, it is critical that you obtain the full amount of workers’ compensation that you deserve. Contact our dedicated Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys today to schedule a free consultation by calling (704) 954-8697 or contacting us online.