Injuries to a person’s neck or back can be debilitating. In serious cases, individuals who sustain these kinds of injuries may be bedridden for weeks or even months while they recover. In addition, victims may experience significant pain that may interfere with their daily life and ability to work. If a person’s spinal cord is affected by a back injury, there is even the potential for paralysis below the site of injury.
When these kinds of injuries occur at work, victims are often able to secure significant workers’ compensation benefits to compensate them for some of their losses. The kinds of workers’ compensation benefits available under Delaware law1 for injured workers include medical benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, temporary total disability benefits, permanent impairment benefits, and disfigurement benefits. The specific benefits and the total amount for which you may be eligible depends on a number of circumstances, and an experienced attorney will be able to evaluate your case and advise you as to what kinds of benefits you may receive. To discuss your situation with an experienced Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer, call our office today.
Common accidents that can lead to head and neck injuries at the workplace
There are a number of accidents that can occur at the workplace that may leave victims with serious head and neck injuries. Some of the most common are discussed below.
- Slip and fall accidents – The vast majority of people reading this blog will likely have slipped and fallen at some point in their lives. In most cases, a slip and fall accident results in little more than bumps, bruises, and perhaps some embarrassment if the fall occurred in a public place. Sometimes, however, a fall can occur in such a way as to cause injury to the soft tissues in the neck or the back, causing a serious sprain or strain. In some extremely serious cases, people who slip and fall at work may rupture a disc or even damage their spinal cord, potentially leading to serious medical complications.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Motor vehicle accidents are another common way in which people often sustain neck and back injuries at work. In many cases, the forces involved in a vehicle accident can cause the head to snap back and forth on the neck violently, leading to a whiplash injury.2 These injuries can lead to significant neck pain, headaches, and stiffness, and, in some cases, chronic pain and ongoing medical complications.
- Lifting heavy loads – Workers often sustain back injuries from lifting heavy loads, particularly when their job involves repetitive lifting that occurs over a long period of time. This kind of work has the potential to cause damage to bodily tissues in the back, which can cause significant problems later in life.
- Sitting in uncomfortable or awkward positions – Another way in which workers can injure their backs or neck is by sitting in an awkward or uncomfortable position for an extended period of time. According to physicians and chiropractors,3 sitting places significant strain on the lower back unless proper ergonomic precautions are taken.
Fortunately for people who have developed work-related neck or back injuries, workers’ compensation does not require victims to show fault in order to obtain benefits. What this means is that even if an injury is completely your fault, you will be able to obtain benefits as long as the injury is related to work.
Contact a Delaware workers’ compensation lawyer to schedule a consultation
Individuals who sustain neck and back injuries in workplace accidents are often entitled to significant benefits through Delaware Workers’ Compensation Program.4 The lawyers of Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of injured workers and to ensuring that they get the benefits to which they are entitled To schedule a consultation with one of our Delaware workers’ compensation lawyers, call our office today at 302-364-6047. Prospective clients can also contact the firm by email by filling out and submitting our online contact form available here.