A Virginiawork accident can result in a number of different injuries, each with potentially severe ramifications, but a back injury can be one of the most complex conditions to befall a worker. Workplace injuries statistics from the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that each year, more than 1 million workers suffer back injuries, accounting for approximately 1 in every 5 workplace injuries total. If someone you care for has suffered a serious injury after a workplace accident, a team of Richmond, Virginia, attorneys may be able to help.  

One of the many challenges that an injured worker faces is determining when it’s time to go to the doctor and consider filing a claim, so it’s important that you are able to identify symptoms that indicate a serious injury. 

Soft-tissue injuries – also called sprains and strains – are commonly less severe and will heal with minimal treatment after just a few days. More serious injuries, such as herniated discs or fractured bones in the spine (vertebrae), require immediate medical treatment and warrant an investigation and resultant claim. 

Symptoms of one of these serious back injuries can include: 

  • pain along the spine;
  • sharp and localized pain;
  • chronic aching in the middle and lower back after extended periods of sitting and standing;
  • inability to stand up straight without muscle spasms in the lower back;
  • radiating back pain that extends from the low back to the buttocks and legs; and
  • tingling and numbness in legs

Contact Richmond, Virginia, Attorneys about Your Virginia Work Accident 

When you have difficulties with your work-related injury claim, a VirginiaWorker’s Comp attorney can bear some of your burden. To get back on your feet, whether it means getting back to work or getting the benefits you deserve, order a copy of our free book to learn more about workplace injuries statistics. Call to get the Ultimate Guide to Workers’ Compensation in Virginia, and contact a Workers’ Comp attorney at the Injured Workers Law Firm for a no-cost consultation – 1-877-755-7744 or 1-804-755-7755.