You never know how much you rely on your back until you injure your back. A work-related back injury can affect every aspect of your life. Driving, eating, sleeping and working can become quite painful. All of the daily activities that you and your family need to survive may become impossible.
If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury while at the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your legal options.
Causes of Workplace Back Injuries
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 20 percent of all workplace injuries are back injuries. Workplace back injuries can be caused by a number of factors. Some common causes for workplace back injuries include:
- Falling from an elevated height
- Overexertion from lifting heavy objects
- Being struck by an object
- Twisting and bending movements
- Vibration from using machinery or tools
- Positions that are held for an extended period without much movement
Research has shown that certain occupations are more susceptible to workplace back injuries than others. Listed below are occupations that frequently suffer from back injuries:
- Nurses, nursing aides, orderlies
- Police officers
- Correctional officers
- Janitors and cleaners
- Tractor-trailer drivers
- Construction workers
If you sustained a workplace back injury in North Carolina, contact Lewis & Keller today.
Statistics on Workplace Injuries
Research has shown some common factors about workplace injuries. Listed below are some surprising statistics regarding on the job injuries:
- Workers between the ages of 45-54 are more likely to sustain a workplace injury than any other age group.
- Back injuries account for 25 percent of all workers’ compensation claims.
- Over half of all workplace injuries are severe enough to cause workers to miss work.
Disabling workplace injuries, those that cause workers to miss more than six days of work cost American employers more than $53 billion a year.
- In 2011, injured workers missed on average missed 8 days of work.
Liability for Workplace Injuries
Most employers in North Carolina are required to carry worker’s compensation insurance by law. In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation you must be employed at the time of the injury and hurt on the job.
By North Carolina law, a worker cannot sue their employer for injuries sustained on the job. However, if the employee’s injury was partially caused by another party’s negligence other than the employer, they may be able to file a third party claim in addition to their workers’ compensation claim.
Third party claims can be very complex to handle. That’s why it is important to speak with an experienced attorney after a workplace injury. A knowledgeable attorney can advise you on your legal rights.
Contact a North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workplace back injuries can cause individuals excruciating pain. In addition to the pain, these injuries may keep an employee off the job for an extended period causing a financial strain on them and their loved ones.
If you sustained a back injury at the workplace, you may have legal and financial recourse. Contact a workers’ compensation lawyer today to explore your options.
At Lewis & Keller, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of injured workers. Our legal team is available to assist injury victims in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and the surrounding cities.