Did You Suffer a Back Injury at Work?

Virginia Back Injury Attorneys

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), back injuries are the second most prevalent injury sustained in the workplace after hand injuries. Most injuries of this kind are caused by overextension of the spine from heavy lifting, pushing, pulling, or poor posture when sitting for extended periods. When the spine becomes overextended, ligaments surrounding the spinal column may stretch or tear, or the cushioning disks between vertebrae may slip out of place, causing inflammation and severe pain.

Back injuries can result from single acts (for example lifting something that is too heavy), or gradually as the result of repetitive motions. The injury can be either acute, meaning that the pain comes on quickly, but lessens with time, or chronic, meaning that the pain can affect a person for years or even a lifetime. Back injuries can be very painful and may require extensive treatment and long periods of recovery time.

The most common types of back injuries include:
If you are injured at work, you are entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits to cover the cost of your care, which may include medical bills, rehabilitative therapy, out of pocket expenses, and a portion of your lost wages. Although you are not required to work with an attorney, a Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer from Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC can help the legal process move quickly and smoothly, increasing your chances of a favorable case outcome.

  • Pinched nerves
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Lower back strain
  • Slipped, bulging, or herniated discs

What to Do After Suffering a Back Injury at Work

The first thing you should do is to report the accident to your employer so they can begin filing your claim. Do not delay in making your report, or you may lose your eligibility to claim benefits. Your employer will then provide you with a list of approved doctors that you can visit to receive care. The primary care physician that you designate will supervise your treatment, and when completed, will grant you a “return to work” form that states one of the following diagnoses:
The Virginia workers compensation attorneys at Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC have over 80 years of combined experience and are known for their thorough and zealous advocacy. If you are struggling with your workers’ compensation claim, or feel as through the amount of compensation you are being offered is disproportionate to the extent of your injuries, please contact our firm as soon as possible for a free case review. We are available 24/7 to take your call.

  • If your injury receives a diagnosis of temporary partial disability, you can resume your job duties after a period of recovery.
  • If your back injury is diagnosed as a permanent partial disability, you can return to work, but not with your former duties. Your employer may be able to place you in a different position if possible; if not, you may have to find new employment.
  • If your back injury is diagnosed as a permanent total disability, you will not be able to return to your former job.

Advocating for the Rights of Injured Workers

The Virginia workers compensation attorneys at Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC have over 80 years of combined experience and are known for their thorough and zealous advocacy. If you are struggling with your workers’ compensation claim, or feel as through the amount of compensation you are being offered is disproportionate to the extent of your injuries, please contact our firm as soon as possible for a free case review. We are available 24/7 to take your call.