Your spinal cord, vertebrae, and other body muscles that have an impact on your movement can be found near your neck and your back. For this reason, any damage to the back or neck caused by a work-related injury can have dramatic consequences that could significantly impact your ability to work and complete basic daily routines in your personal life.
Disc injuries and cervical vertebrae injuries can put a significant amount of pressure on nerves, and the injuries can change the space that sits between the bones. As a result, this can cause a significant amount of chronic pain. Some back and neck pain can be extremely debilitating, and it can lead to a person being limited in work activities or not being able to return to work at all.
If a back or neck injury has prevented you from working or completing your daily routine, we encourage you to obtain experienced legal counsel. Any type of work injury could have serious implications for you and your family. You need an experienced Minnesota workers’ compensation lawyer to help you handle the physical ramifications, financial ramifications, and emotional ramifications caused by the injury.
Common Types of Back Injuries and Neck injuries
Whiplash is the most common spinal injury. Most whiplash injuries will involve soft tissues and the neck muscles. Whiplash pain can fall in the range of mild pain to severe pain. Whiplash injuries are not always uniform with the impact. There are many low-impact collisions that can cause debilitating neck injuries. Some symptoms of whiplash include limited mobility, headaches, and blurred vision.
Spinal Cord Injury
Any injury to one’s spinal cord is a very serious manner. A spinal cord injury can result from damage to the vertebrae or the spinal cord. When one suffers from a spinal cord injury, this can result in a variety of medical appointments and surgeries. Some symptoms of spinal cord injuries include debilitating pain and paralysis.
Lumbar Spine Injury
The main function of the lumbar spine is to bear the weight of the body. The lumbar region has five large vertebrae, and the vertebrae are supported by the muscles that are located in the back, abdomen, and hips. When there is any type of sprain or strain that results in stretching, the pain that one feels can be extremely painful and limiting. Some symptoms of whiplash include tenderness and swelling.
An injury to the herniated disc is also another common back injury that many people have suffered due to a work-related injury. An injury to the herniated disc will occur when the space soft is broken down or when the vertebrae disc dislocated. When the disc moves and bears down on the nerves, it is diagnosed as a herniated disc. Pain from a herniated disc can range from mild pain to severe pain. Some symptoms of a herniated disc includes muscle pain and muscles weakness.
Back and neck pain are two of the leading causes of time away from work. When many people think about the above injuries, they will make the assumption that the pain happened due to an accident that occurred one time. However, these injuries can develop slowly over a period of time due to job conditions.
Common Causes of Back and Neck Injuries
Every year, thousands of workers spend a significant amount of time away from work. While there are various work situations that can cause significant pain, some common causes of work-related back and neck injuries include:
- Repetitive motion injuries that result from the overuse over an extended period of time
- Falls, slips, and trips that resulted from wet floors, poor lighting, and broken floorboards
- Car accident in a company car or truck
- Falling object or debris
How Can The Injuries Impact Your Life?
Back and neck injuries can cause a significant amount of stiffness and pain among a variety of other symptoms, including the following:
- Chronic pain
- Chronic headaches
- Inability to comfortable move the body
- Inability to sleep peacefully
- Pain that spreads
Back and neck injuries can definitely make it a challenge to work, but you may not be able to enjoy your favorite personal activities. With the counsel of an experienced Minnesota workers’ compensation attorney, you could be eligible for financial benefits that can ease the financial burdnes you are facing from the back and neck injuries.
Minnesota Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Minnesota workers’ compensation operates on a no-fault system. The purpose of the Minnesota workers’ compensation system is to provide financial compensation and/or medical care for Minnesota workers who are suffering from injuries or illnesses that occurred due to job-related conditions. There may be situations where an additional lawsuit can be filed against someone else who were responsible for the injuries occurring.
In Minnesota, workers’ compensation can cover different types of benefits, including the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expense benefits that can be used to pay for travel, medications, medical equipment, and more
- Death benefits if a loved one died due to a work-related injury
If you have been injured at work and suffered a back or neck injury, there will be several factors to consider when determining the value of your work-related injury. If you are offered a settlement after the discovery of your back and/or neck injury, it is important to consult with an experienced lawyer before accepting any offer or speaking to any member of an investigative team.
While many people will recover from back and neck injuries, some people may never fully recover from the injuries. At Patterson Dahlberg Injury Lawyers, we will advocate on your behalf to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. If you have sustained a back or a neck injury while working, please do not hesitate to contact us to speak to an experienced member of our team.
Call us today at 507-424-3000 or use the form to request a free case evaluation. We understand how important it is to receive answers when you need them the most, and that is why we offer 24/7 real-time assistance.