Workplace accidents often lead to neck and back injuries. At first, the symptoms may seem minor and manageable. But left undiagnosed and untreated, a neck or back injury can lead to serious complications, such as paralysis or even death. That is why it is critical to seek out immediate medical attention following any accident on the job. It is also important to consult an experienced Alexandria neck and back injury lawyer. At Injured Workers Law Firm, we can review your case and assist you in seeking appropriate Virginia workers’ compensation benefits.
How Serious Is Your Neck or Back Injury?
According toThe Johns Hopkins University, back pain ranges “from a mild, dull, annoying ache, to persistent, severe, disabling pain,” while neck pain “occurs in the area of the cervical vertebrae in your neck.” Neck and back injuries are often considered “acute,” meaning they can produce sudden, intense pain that persists for a period of weeks, months, and in some cases years.
Some of the more common work-related neck and back injuries we see with our clients include:
- Herniated Discs: When a vertebrae disc in your back is moved or displaced, that can cause the bones to press against your nerves, leading to chronic back pain.
- Lower Back Injuries: Also known as lumbar injuries, these occur when the muscles supporting your lower back are sprained or strained, which can limit your ability to move normally.
- Spinal Cord Damage: Any traumatic blow to your spinal cord is potentially catastrophic as it can lead to partial or total paralysis; even in non-catastrophic cases, spinal cord injuries can produce chronic pain.
- Thoracic Spine Injuries: A sudden, high-energy impact to your chest or mid-back can lead to a thoracic spine injury, which can lead to a variety of symptoms such as muscle spasms, limited movement, numbness, and weakness in the extremities.
- Whiplash: Also known as “neck strain,” this is widely considered the most common type of neck or back injury. Most whiplash can be traced back to motor vehicle accidents such as rear-end collisions, which thrust the victim’s head or neck faster than the rest of the body.
Because many neck or back injuries do not present immediate symptoms after an accident, victims often assume they are okay and try to resume their normal work without stopping to seek medical attention. This is always a mistake. It is always a good idea to get checked out by a medical professional even if you “feel fine.” But especially in cases where you start to experience any degree of neck or back pain following an event, you need to see a doctor immediately.
Contact Injured Workers Law Firm Today
A neck or back injury can force you to miss substantial time from your job. Workers’ compensation can compensate you for most of that lost time and ensure you receive all necessary medical care for your injuries. Injured Workers Law Firm is a dedicated team of Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers who can evaluate your case and assist you in taking immediate action to secure your rights under the law. Call us today at (703) 574-1980 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We represent injured workers in Alexandria and throughout northern Virginia.