Florida back injuries occur more often than thought. Did you know that back injuries are the largest safety concern in the workforce throughout this nation, and are the common reason why employees miss time at work, other than the common cold?

How do back injuries on the job occur?

  • Lifting of heavy items
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Overextending
  • Fall from heights
  • Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
  • Same repetitive motion (repetitive stress injury)
  • Constant standing on-the-job

Back injuries are actually quite common among nursing home employees.Lifting seniors that are too heavy for a worker’s back to support may cause tears of the spinal disk and can cause a cumulative trauma disorder (CTD).The injury may be too small for an employee to notice it initially, but when tiny tears like this occur over and over again the damage may result in a ruptured disk over time.

Because the micro-trauma occurs slowly and over time due to lifting a patient from their bed to their wheelchair and back again, a nurse or nursing home staff member may not be aware that they are injured because there was not one real defining moment of injury.Instead, this type of injury creeps up on a worker that could lead to severe symptoms resulting in a disabling injury.

If you have suffered a back injury in Florida at work, you may be experiencing excruciating pain. You need to seek medical care immediately to make sure you do not permanently injure your back.Seeking medical treatment also provides a good source of documentation of your injuries for your potential Florida workers’ compensation claim.

You may be entitled to financial compensation for your back injuries under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws. Find out more about your legal rights by calling a Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Office of David Benenfeld.You can reach us at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to schedule a free legal consultation.