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New York City Workplace Back Injury Lawyers

Have you suffered a serious back injury on the job? Your injury may leave you with chronic pain, mobility issues, impairment, and disability. You deserve fair benefits and compensation for financial security, but recovering the benefits you deserve can be challenging without help.

Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers has fought for injured workers in New York for more than 30 years. Our law office will put our decades of experience to work to give you sound representation during the workers’ compensation process.

Back Injury Symptoms

Back Injury Symptoms

An upper or lower back injury or an injury to the spine can result in chronic, severe pain, mobility issues, and an inability to work. Back pain alone is responsible for two missed work days for every full-time worker in the U.S. every year.

Back pain is also the world’s leading cause of disability. Your injury may prevent you from performing your job duties, enjoying your hobbies, and even performing everyday activities.

You may experience many signs and symptoms of a back injury. These signs may be acute after your injury, recurring, or chronic:

  • Tenderness and pain
  • Pain that worsens when you move, cough, or laugh
  • Difficulty moving with stiffness
  • Muscle spasms along the spine
  • Swelling
  • Pain radiating down one or both legs
  • Pain that wakes you up
  • Numbness or changes in sensation in the buttocks, upper thighs, or groin
  • Difficulty maintaining a straight posture
  • With a severe back injury, you may experience numbness in the extremities, difficulty breathing, problems urinating or defecating, and fever

Common Work-Related Back Injuries

Every year, about one million U.S. workers suffer a back injury. These back injuries are responsible for one out of five workplace injuries. The following are the most common types of workplace back injuries.

  • Muscle strains from overstretching or overuse
  • Sprains from torn ligaments
  • Herniated or bulging discs which can be caused by age-related wear and tear, a single acute injury, or repetitive movement and heavy lifting
  • Fractured vertebrae which can be the result of a blow to the back or a fall
  • Cervical radiculopathy which is impingement or damage to a nerve root near the cervical vertebrae
  • Spinal stenosis or a narrowing of the space within the spine which pinches nerves and causes pain
  • Spondylolisthesis in which vertebrae slide out of place and cause lower back pain
Workers most at risk of suffering musculoskeletal back injuries

Workers most at risk of suffering musculoskeletal back injuries include:

  • Nursing assistants
  • Maintenance staff
  • Order fillers and stock clerks
  • Repair workers
  • Commercial truck drivers
  • Laborers and material movers

Improper carrying, lifting, and moving is one of the leading causes of work-related back injuries. Repetitive movements, particularly movements that require bending or twisting and rotating the spine, also lead to back injuries on the job. Workers may also sustain a back injury due to an acute injury such as a slip and fall, being struck by an object, or being caught between objects.
Back injuries may be sudden or acute, such as an injury from a fall. They can also be due to overuse, especially when improper techniques are used to bend, lift, carry, and stand. An acute or overuse injury may even aggravate a pre-existing condition.

Many workers accept back pain as a sign of getting older or just the nature of the job, but back injuries are considered a work-related injury, even if they are the result of overuse, repetitive motion, or worsening of an existing condition.

Workers most at risk of suffering musculoskeletal back injuries

Contact Our New York Back Injury Lawyers

Back injuries are a common and frequently debilitating work-related injury. Unfortunately, securing the workers’ compensation benefits and other compensation you deserve after your injury can be challenging.

Goidel & Siegel Injury Lawyers has 30 years of experience representing injured workers in back injury claims. We can assist with workers’ compensation, third-party injury claims, labor union claims, and long-term disability claims for the financial security you are depending on.

Contact our law firm today for a free case review with our New York back injury lawyers to discuss how we can help you. Our multilingual trial lawyers can meet with you during a virtual consultation, or anywhere you are comfortable.

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