Workers Compensation Coverage For Nevada Back Injuries
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) states that back injuries are the second most common work injury, after hand injuries. Some of the more common on-the-job back injuries can include:
- Pinched Nerve
- Lower Back Strain
- Herniated Disc(s)
- Bulging Disc(s)
- Slipped Disc(s)
- Fractured Vertebrae
- Spinal Cord Injuries
Common Causes of a Back Injury
Overexertion was the single leading cause of workplace injury in 2010, according to the National Safety Council. This means people are pushing, pulling and lifting more than their body is capable.
There are many ways an employee can suffer a back injury from overexertion, including (but not limited to):
- Stacking Boxes
- Loading/Unloading Trucks, Trains, or Aircraft
- Loading/Unloading Pallets
- Lifting Patients, Helping Patients Walk
- Pushing, Pulling or Lifting Anything Heavy
Other Work Related Back Injuries
While most back injuries are due to overexertion, many others develop over time. Repetitive lifting of small objects, twisting, pulling pushing or even sitting in a chair that is improperly positioned may lead to a chronic back injury.
Chronic Back Pain vs. Acute Back pain
Chronic back pain is characterized by persistent discomfort for at least six weeks. Not limited to this timeframe, a chronic back condition may last years or even for the rest of your life.
Acute back pain is immediate, but goes away within two to six weeks. While excruciating in nature, acute back pain is only temporary.
What To Do After a Back Injury At Work
First, report the injury to your supervisor and request immediate medical attention. Then, hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at our law office to protect your rights.