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Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Back Injury

Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Back Injury: It is a fact; in the U.S., back injuries account for approximately 1/4th of all on the job injuries? Healthcare workers (Certified Nursing Assistants, nurses, therapists) and construction workers lead the list of workers who suffer injuries to their back and neck as the result of a lifting injury, but many other workers also suffer lifting injuries. A convenience store clerk who is stocking the drink section, a secretary lifting a box of coping paper or a truck driver loading some tarp; pretty much every job will entail some lifting from time to time, and the amount of weight being lifted does not have to be substantial to lead to an injury.

The biggest problem we see in back injury cases is when the injured worker-who believes that they have just pulled a muscle-fails to immediately report their job injury to their employer. Only later, when the pain refuses to go away, do they file an injury report. Given the delay, oft times the employer tries to strongly infer that the injured worker is lying, and they may even tell the worker that the workers' failure to immediately report their job injury means that they can no longer pursue workers compensation benefits. This is incorrect, and is often a flat out lie. While it is always best to report a job injury as soon as possible, under Alabama Workers Compensation law, an injured worker has up to 90 days to inform their employer about any job injury.

The second biggest problem we see that workers who have injured their back at work (be it a herniated disc, bulging disc, slipped disc, ruptured disk, disc protrusion, annular tear, ect.) face is an argument made by the workers compensation adjuster that their back pain is not the result of a job injury, but rather is caused by some preexisting problem which the worker may not have even known existed.

While it is true that many people have a pre-existing spinal problem, be is stenosis, degenerative disc disease or an old injury, the law in Alabama is clear; if you had a preexisting condition which did not prevent you from performing you job duties and a job injury aggravates said preexisting condition, your injury should be covered under your employers' workers compensation insurance plan.

If you live or work in the Metro Birmingham region* , have suffered a back injury and you have questions about your rights in Alabama, please do not hesitate to contact one of the experienced Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers at Powell and Denny. We would be happy to try to answer any of your questions and help you if possible in your claim for workers compensation benefits.

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Birmingham Workers Compensation Lawyers Back Injury

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