Posted On: March 20, 2010 by Steven J. Malman

If You Injured Your Back While on the Job, Remember to File a Chicago, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim ASAP

Back injuries can be very debilitating and painful. What may seem like a minor ache can turn into something more serious over time. In addition to pain and discomfort, you eventually may find it hard to do your job and perform daily activities.

If your back injuries are work-related, you should file your Chicago, Illinois workers’ compensation right away. While many people associate back injuries with jobs that require heavy lifting, such as factory jobs, construction gigs, and jobs that require you to load, unload, and carry cargo, boxes, and other objects, a worker can easily hurt their back while doing less physically demanding tasks, such as office work, nursing, acting, and teaching.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are four work-related factors that can increase the risk that a worker might sustain a back injury or experience back pain:

Repetition: Having to repeat a task multiple times can lead to muscle injury or exhaustion—especially if your body is positioned awkwardly or stretched beyond your range of motion.

Force: Too much force exerted on the back, especially with physical tasks, can cause back injuries.

Posture: Too much time spent in one position can cause aches and pains.

Stress: Stress can cause tightness and tension, which can lead to back aches and pains.

Depending on the seriousness of your back injury, you may have to receive medical care, take pain medication, undergo back surgery, and/or receive physical therapy. Fractured vertebrae, back strain, sciatica, back sprains, a broken back, and herniated discs are examples of common back injuries.

Back injuries may require an employee to take time off work, or he/she may experience a limited range of motion that can make it impossible to do one's job.

Back pain at work: Preventing aches, pains and injuries, MayoClinic

Back Injuries, Medline Plus


Related Web Resources:
How to Prevent Back Injuries

Preventing Back Injuries in Healthcare Settings, CDC


Contact Chicago workers' compensation attorney Steve Malman so that he can explore your options with you.

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