Back Injuries from Lifting Objects at Work

Back injuries are one of the most common causes of pain and disability in the workplace. In California, workers injured by lifting heavy objects on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation.

How Do Back Injuries Occur?

Back injuries can occur in various ways, including:

Incorrect lifting: Using improper lifting techniques, such as lifting with the back instead of the legs, can place excessive strain on the back.

Lifting heavy objects: Lifting objects too heavy for an individual can cause injuries.

Repetitive movements: Repeating the same lifting movements can lead to muscle fatigue and injury.

Risk Factors

Certain factors, such as age, physical condition, and pre-existing back injuries, can increase the risk of a back injury when lifting heavy objects.

What Types of Back Injuries Can Occur?

Some common examples include:

  • Muscle strains: Tears in the back muscles.
  • Ligament sprains: Tears in the ligaments of the back.
  • Herniated discs: Protrusion or rupture of the intervertebral discs.
  • Vertebral fractures: Breaks in the bones of the back.

What Should I Do If I Injure My Back at Work?

If you injure your back at work, it’s essential to follow these steps:

1. Seek medical attention as soon as possible to assess the severity of your injury. Be sure to inform your doctor that your injury occurred at work.

2. Report the accident to your employer. Most employers have accident report forms that you need to complete.

3. File a workers’ compensation claim with the California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC).

4. Seek specialized legal advice to help you understand your rights and protect your benefits.

How Can Julie O. Legal Help You?

At Julie O. Law, we have a team of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys who will handle all the details of your case. We will help you complete and file your claim, negotiate with the insurance company, represent you in hearings before the DWC, and ensure you receive the medical treatment you need.

Do not hesitate to contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

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