When you injure your back at work, the injuries you sustain on the job can be long-lasting and can ultimately affect every aspect of your life from working to taking care of yourself. When a back injury at work in Florida occurs, you need to report it to your employer and see a doctor immediately.
Many people try to ignore back pain, thinking that maybe they just pulled something; however, back pain left untreated can cause a lifetime of intense pain and suffering. Back pain has been known to gradually get worse and worse, until you cannot even move without being in such severe pain. This is why it is always critical to immediately get examined by a doctor and to report any injury to your work. If you have any of the below signs, you may have injured your back at work:
- Tingling sensation and numbness at, above, or below injury site
- Loss of balance
- Coughing more than a normal amount
- Trouble breathing or catching your breath
- Bowel and urinary problems after the accident
- Soreness and pain in your back, as well as your neck and head
Back injuries such as slipped discs are one such injury that gets worse over time. When left alone, the pressure placed on the nerves can lead to chronic back pain, tingling and even numbness. Unfortunately, back injuries are often tough to diagnose, but that should not dissuade you from getting a medical examination.
Whether you lifted something heavy, twisted or turned in the wrong way, were struck by something, or fell at work, if you suffered any soreness and mild discomfort in your back you may have sustained a back injury, and it needs to be taken very seriously.
Backs are common areas on employees’ bodies that suffer injuries. There are many components that make up a back such as:
- Spinal cord
If any of the aforementioned body parts were injured, it may take time for doctors to diagnose it and treat it. You may need rest, or your injury may require surgery and physical therapy. In either event, you most likely won’t be able to work while you are following your doctor’s orders. For this reason, you need to make sure that you are not losing any income and that all your medical expenses are being covered. It is best to contact a Broward County workers’ compensation attorney for help.
A Florida workers’ comp attorney can ensure that you are receiving the benefits under the law that you are entitled to. For a free consultation, call the Law Offices of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today and also request a copy of our book titled: Hurt On the Job in Florida – What Are My Rights?