Back and neck injuries can cause pain and disability for weeks, months, and, in some cases, even years. Many workers are prone to back and neck injuries, especially those workers who perform heavy lifting, frequent twisting, loading cargo, bathing and transferring patients, repetitive work, overexertion, or driving long distances. Workers who suffer back and neck injuries often include:
- Airport Workers
- Assembly Line Workers
- Baggage Handlers
- Construction Workers
- Delivery Workers
- Factory Workers
- Nurses & Nursing Assistants
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Stock Clerks
- Warehouse Employees
The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act covers neck and back injuries resulting from traumatic accidents as well as those back and neck injuries caused by repetitive motion, repetitive stress, and repetitive work activities. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act also covers aggravations of pre-existing conditions and prior injuries, so if your work has caused or contributed to your current back and neck pain, you likely will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Bader Scott Injury Lawyers Has Handled These Types of Back and Neck Injuries
- Bulging Discs
- Cervical Disc Fracture
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Failed Back Syndrome
- Herniated Discs
- Lumbar Disc Fracture
- Muscle Strains
- Nerve Damage
- Nerve Impingement
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)
- Ruptured Discs
- Spinal Fractures
- Spondlyosis (Spinal Arthritis)
- Subluxation Sprains
Kinds of Spine Injuries
Your back is one of the largest areas of your body, so there are a lot of things that can go wrong. There are pulled muscles, strained tendons, and sprained and torn ligaments.
Then, you have the discs and vertebrae that make up the spinal column and the actual spinal cord that transmits signals to and from your brain. The discs cushion your vertebrae can become ruptured or herniated, often requiring surgery. The spinal cord is essential to ensuring that your muscles, lungs, heart, and brain keep working as they should. If this becomes damaged, then that is where you start looking at outcomes like paralysis.
Total or Partial Paralysis
Whenever someone has a spinal cord injury, they are at risk of death from that injury. Those who are lucky enough to survive such an injury may not end up feeling lucky at all if they end up paralyzed. Paralysis is not always the result of a spinal cord injury.
There are times when surgery and quick treatment can prevent this outcome. Yet, there are also times when there is nothing anyone can do to prevent you from becoming paralyzed after a spinal cord injury. You could be partially paralyzed, or paraplegic, meaning that you retain the functioning of your upper body. Or you could be totally paralyzed, or quadriplegic, meaning that you lose the functioning in your upper and lower body.
In some cases, the paralyzed person will still have some functioning, but will still have a tremendous uphill battle ahead of them when it comes to getting used to living with their condition. Those who suffer from paralysis are not usually able to fully recover, though you may make progress, and your condition could improve somewhat over time. You will still require ongoing care from medical professionals, nurses, and even friends and family, when it comes to making the best of your quality of life.
Spinal Cord Syndromes
In some cases, a person suffers from a spinal cord injury that they’ve never heard of before. There are a variety of different injuries that can interrupt your life and you may have to do a lot of research to find out what to expect from the condition. You will also want to speak to an attorney to find out whether or not you have a valid Rome, Georgia, personal injury claim for the injury that you’ve suffered.
Examples of spinal cord injuries that you may not be aware of include posterior cord syndrome, anterior cord syndrome, central cord syndrome, conus medullaris syndrome, Brown-Sequard Syndrome, and Cauda Equina Syndrome. Each of these conditions will impact your back, your spine, and your overall physical health in different ways, and you may require a variety of different treatment plans. You may have to take medications, get surgical treatment, use medical devices, and get physical therapy to help.
Getting The Right Medical Exam
Obtaining a proper diagnosis of a back or neck injury is critical and this usually requires an MRI or CT Scan because X-rays do not reveal nerve damage. Despite this fact, “company doctors” rarely order an MRI and CT Scan, instead choosing to conclude that the injured worker has little, if anything, wrong simply on the basis of an X-ray.
Back and neck injures often can be properly treated only through a surgery such as an laminectomy, a discectomy, or a fusion. Regardless of whether surgery is necessary, workers suffering from back or neck injuries usually require pain management treatment to control their symptoms. Pain management may include pain medication, physical therapy, facet blocks, epidural injections, steroid injections, and spinal cord stimulators.
Whether you need surgery, pain management, or both, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will work to get you the best possible medical treatment available under the law.
How an Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Assist You
Being hurt while working can be a scary experience and may leave you wondering how you’re going to pay your medical bills or support yourself and your family. To make sure that you never have to worry about these things, you need the help of the attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers. We’ll work hard to make sure that your claim for workers’ compensation benefits is approved! Call us now at 678-562-5595 for more details about how we can start helping you today.