Low Back Injuries at Work in Georgia
This is the first in a series of blog articles about some of the most common types of workers’ compensation injuries in Georgia. At the beginning, it is important to state that this series will not comprehensively cover every type of work injury. However, it will attempt to provide some valuable information and direction regarding some of the most common types of work injuries.
It is also important to understand that this blog series is not intended to provide medical advice since the author of this blog is an attorney, not a doctor. Instead, this blog is simply intended to provide an understanding of what can be expected under the Georgia workers’ compensation laws if you experience a particular type of injury at work.
One of the most common types of work injuries is an injury to the lower back. Some common types of low back injuries include lumbar strains and sprains, compression fractures, and bulging or herniated discs. Some back injuries heal very quickly while some require extensive medical treatment and surgery.
What To Do After a Low Back Injury
After you suffer an injury, one of the most important things that you can do is to obtain good medical treatment. You can click here for information about workers’ compensation medical treatment and your rights to choose or change your doctor.
When you suffer a back injury, you will probably want to start your medical treatment with an orthopedic doctor who specializes in back injuries. Your medical treatment could likely include medications, physical therapy, and some form of injections. If you suffer a more serious injury, your doctor could end up recommending surgery.
If you suffer a serious back injury, you may find that you get the medical treatment you need but still do not recover one hundred percent of the function you had before. Sometimes, serious back injuries lead to permanent work restrictions.
Your back pain may prevent you from sitting or standing for very long at one time. You will probably have difficulty lifting heavy objects. A serious back injury can make it very difficult to return to work, especially if you have a job that does not allow you to change positions or requires you to do heavy lifting or a lot of bending.
Protecting Your Rights After a Work Injury
If your injury is going to prevent you from returning to your regular job, it is very important to make sure your workers’ compensation rights are protected. If you are not careful, you may find that your weekly workers’ compensation benefits are suspended or reduced, even though you are not yet able to go back to work.
If you would like to find out more about protecting your rights, just contact our office for a free consultation with an attorney who specializes in Georgia workers’ compensation claims. There are two easy ways to get one scheduled. Either call our office at (770) 214-8885 or complete and submit our free consultation request form.
In our next blog article in this series, we will discuss some of the more common arm injuries that occur at work.