Getting The Benefits You Are Entitled To For Work-Related Back Injury Claims
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 or spine injury, you may need extensive and expensive treatment, including physical therapy/rehabilitation, vertebrae fusion, disk replacements and pain management. Back injuries can cause chronic pain and could lead to opioid addiction. If your back injury is extremely serious, it may impair your ability to walk 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 a thorough medical exam after an accident or incident to determine if you have injured your back.
Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to assist those who have suffered back injuries on the job. Obtaining those benefits can be complex, though, and retaining experienced counsel to protect your rights and benefits is often necessary.
At Thill & Freeman, PLLC, in St. Louis Park, our attorney has been helping injured workers throughout the state get the compensation they need for decades. Attorney Mark Freeman has 30 years of experience with these cases and knowledge of how the insurance industry works, and we use these to maximize our clients’ compensations.
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 preexisting condition or that there is not a compensable injury.
An injury that causes lower back pain may be denied with assertions that the 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 carefully review all 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 in 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 a doctor may release a patient to go back to work before they have fully recovered. This can lead to complications and potentially worsen the condition.
At Thill & Freeman, PLLC, we work 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 that can receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
We Have Decades Of 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
Contact Us In Minneapolis And The Metro Area
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your injury, report the injury immediately to your employer and seek any needed treatment as soon as possible. To schedule a free initial consultation to discuss a back injury with our lawyer, call 952-232-1752 or fill out our online form.