Every worker in Minnesota is at risk for a back injury. Back injuries are some of the most frequent, and unfortunately serious, injuries sustained on the job. Injuries to the lower back are very common.
Depending on the location and severity of your back injury, you may not be able to return to your job for a long period of time. To recover from a back injury, you may need extensive and expensive treatment, including physical therapy/rehabilitation, fusions, disk replacements and pain management. If your back injury is extremely serious, it may impair your walking ability or result in paralysis.
How An Attorney Can Help You With Your Work-Related Back Injury Claim
Whether you have a job that involves bending and lifting or you have fallen while on the job, it is important that you have an advocate on your side who can guide you through the workers’ compensation process and look out for your interests. Thill and Freeman, PLLC, in St. Louis Park has been helping injured workers throughout the state get the compensation they need for years. Attorney Mark Freeman uses his inner knowledge of how the insurance industry works to maximize his clients’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to assist those who have suffered back injuries in their time of need. That said, obtaining benefits can be complex, and retaining experienced counsel to protect your rights and benefits is critical.
Why Insurance Companies May Challenge Or Deny A Back Injury Claim
Many people are surprised when their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer denies their back injury claims. Frequently cited reasons are that the injury is not work related, the employee had a pre-existing condition or that there is not a compensable injury.
Insurers may claim that your injury did not happen at work, was a function of age or was not serious enough to justify a claim. These are common tactics by insurers and employers who want to avoid making payments on a workers’ compensation claim. If your back injury claim was denied, do not give up. Call our firm to see how we can help.
Doctors Make Mistakes
When investigating a claim, we often look at the medical records. When examining patients, doctors are often in a hurry. As a result, they do not always take precise measurements of mobility that are critical to a workers’ compensation claim. As a result they may not issue the proper rating of an injured worker. The injury rating is critical to determining the final amount of benefit you will receive.
In addition doctors are often focused on getting you well enough to return to work. This sometimes means that doctors release a patient to go back to work before he or she has fully recovered. This can delay recovery and potentially worsen the condition.
At Thill and Freeman, PLLC, we will do everything we can to maximize your compensation if you have suffered an injured back at work. We know when a doctor is likely to have made a mistake in rating a back injury and what to do when a person has been cleared for work before they are ready. We are good at getting these errors corrected so you can receive the benefits you are entitled to.
We Have Extensive Experience With A Variety Of Back Injury Claims
Our attorney and team have extensive experience working on cases involving:
- Impinged nerves
- Strains and sprains to cervical and/or lumbar muscles
- Soft tissue injuries
- Bulging or herniated disks
- Degenerative disk disease
We frequently have clients experiencing lower back pain. If you are hurt, we can help. Call us to learn what you can do.
Back Injuries To Nurses And Nursing Staff
Nurses, nursing assistants and orderlies frequently suffer debilitating back injuries in the course of their work. Lifting and transferring patients can place extraordinary strain on backs. Statistics show that patients in hospitals are getting heavier, meaning more nurses and nursing staff are likely to be injured.
The most common injuries are to the lower back. Injuries may include slipped or herniated disks. If you are a nurse or nursing staff who has suffered a back injury on the job, make sure you have an advocate on your side who will look out for your interests.
Back Injuries To Airline Workers
Airline workers frequently are moving heavy bags, blocks, carts and other equipment critical to the functioning of the airline. Baggage handlers and food services workers can hurt themselves bending down and moving large items. When their claims are denied or disputed, many do not realize they can challenge the decision.
Workers’ compensation benefits were created for the benefit of injured workers. If you were injured at work, you have rights. Talk to our firm about getting compensated for your injury.
Next Steps After An Injury
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your injury, give your employer notice and seek any needed immediate treatment as soon as possible. We encourage you to get in touch with our firm as soon as possible, after seeking treatment.
To get in touch and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss a spine injury with our Minneapolis back injury lawyer, call 612-444-3981 or email the firm.