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Are Back Injuries Covered Under Workers' Compensation?


Back injuries are among the most commonly reported workplace injuries. From sprains to herniated disks, back injuries can be extremely painful and debilitating. Not only do these types of injuries tend to require surgery or extensive treatments, they can also prevent workers from returning to their occupations. Although injured workers are entitled to collect workers’ compensation benefits for injuries that were sustained at work, back injuries are often denied by workers’ comp because they are difficult to diagnose and treat.

Types of Back Pain & Injuries

  • Chronic Back Pain: Can last for weeks, months, years, or even a lifetime
  • Acute Back Pain: Comes on quickly but diminishes within 3-6 weeks
  • Sprains & Strains: Often caused by overuse or overloading
  • Spinal Fractures or Dislocations: Happens when one of the vertebrae in the spinal column dislocates or breaks due to impact
  • Herniated Disc: Places pressure on your nerves and can be excruciatingly painful until healed
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome: A condition where the nerves in the lower back become compressed

Common treatments for back pain includes:

  • Hot & Cold Compresses
  • Anti-Inflammatory Drugs
  • Massages
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic Care
  • Ultrasound Therapy
  • Whirlpool Therapy

How do I Collect Workers’ Comp for My Back Injury?

As discussed above, back injures can be difficult to prove under workers’ compensation law. It is important that you report your back injury to your employer as soon as possible and get medical treatment from an authorized medical provider.

You should then consult with an experienced attorney to get help completing your workers’ compensation claim. At the Law Offices of Wax & Wax, we have over 100+ years of combined legal experience. Our team of lawyers advocate for workers’ rights throughout California and we are ready to put our skills to work for you today.

Contact our Glendale attorneys to get started on your injury claim today.

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