A back or neck injury is often more than a minor inconvenience. These injuries often lead to chronic and severe pain. In turn, this can affect every aspect of your life. And in the most serious cases, you may sustain paralysis or at the very least permanent impairment to your mobility.
Many back and neck injuries are the result of accidents that occur in the workplace. If that describes your situation, the Arlington workers’ compensation attorneys at Injured Workers Law Firm are here to help. We can review your case, advise you of your rights, and represent you in seeking all of the medical, wage replacement, and disability benefits you are entitled to under Virginia law.
Have You Suffered a Neck or Back Injury On the Job?
Not all work-related back or neck injuries are the result of a sudden accident, such as a motor vehicle crash or a slip and fall at the job site. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, neck pain can result from poor posture while “leaning over a computer or hunching over a workbench.” These may be regular work activities, but they strain your neck muscles, and over time that can lead to a serious injury requiring ongoing medical care.
Some other common neck and back injuries we see with our clients include:
- Cervical Dislocations
- Compression Fractures
- Herniated Discs
- Lower Back (Lumbar Spine) Injuries
- Pinched Nerves
- Spinal Degeneration
- Spinal Stenosis
- Thoracic Spine Injuries
Many neck and back injuries do not present acute or immediate symptoms. This can lead a worker into a false sense of security, especially right after an accident or similar traumatic event. It is therefore always advisable to seek emergency medical care if you have any reason to suspect something might be wrong.
It is especially crucial to see a doctor if you start to experience any of the common symptoms associated with a back or neck injury, especially pain. An undiagnosed, untreated neck or back injury can quickly degenerate. In some cases, you may end up paralyzed or worse if you are not examined and treated right away.
Contact Our Arlington Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
Under Virginia workers’ compensation law, your employer and their insurance carrier must provide certain medical and wage replacement benefits if your back or neck injury occurred in the course of your employment. If your back or neck injury is later classified as permanent–i.e., you have reached a point where further medical treatment is unlikely to improve your condition–you are also entitled to certain disability benefits.
Injured Workers Law Firm can help to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is handled fairly and with full respect to your legal rights. We understand that some employers may try and fight a claim even when the medical evidence clearly demonstrates that you have suffered a serious back or neck injury. So if you need legal advice today, call us at (703) 574-1980 or contact us online to schedule a free, no-commitment consultation. We represented injured workers in Loudon County and throughout Northern Virginia.