Lower-back pain in the lumbar area (lower spine) is a common ailment for many Americans, but some workers occasionally sustain much more serious injuries to their backs as the result of sudden trauma to or repetitive stress on certain areas of their backs. Major back injuries can have potentially lifelong complications that can prevent victims from being able to return to work and cause many additional everyday difficulties.
Back injuries can lead to extensive medical expenses and several months or years of rehabilitation. Victims in these cases deserve compensation to cover the many medical bills as well as the wages lost during their recovery.
Lawyer for Back Injuries in Miami, FL
If you suffered any kind of back injury on the job in South Florida, you should not delay in seeking legal representation. The Hoffman Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis so you do not pay us anything unless we get you a financial award.
Miami workers’ compensation attorney Evan A. Hoffman fights to get maximum compensation for clients in communities all over Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County. Call (305) 940-2307 to have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions during a free consultation.
Overview of Back Injuries in Florida Workplaces
- What kinds of back injuries to workers typically sustain on the job?
- How do workers usually suffer these types of injuries?
- Where can I find more information about back injuries?
Back injuries can be the result of sudden physical trauma or because of repetitive stress. Repetitive strain injuries are typically caused by the repetitive movement and overuse of certain body parts, such as back injuries in workers whose jobs involve repeated lifting.
A few of the most common back injuries that can involve serious pain and require additional medical care include, but are not limited to:
- Back spasms;
- Bulging discs;
- Compressed spinal discs;
- Degenerative disc diseases worsened workplace injuries;
- Herniated discs;
- Lumbar strains or sprains;
- Muscle and tendon strains, sprains, and tears;
- Pinched nerves;
- Ruptured discs;
- Slipped discs;
- Spinal cord injuries; or
- Vertebrae fractures.
While repetitive strain injuries result from workers frequently relying on or overusing their backs in the course of their jobs, many other individuals sustain back injuries as the result of other isolated incidents that cause sudden impact to the back. Workers may suffer any one of the injuries listed above if they are involved in an accident on the job that involves an intense physical impact.
Some of the kinds of workplace accidents that can cause back injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Being struck by objects;
- Falling objects;;
- Heavy lifting;
- Machine crushing accidents;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Slip and fall accidents; or
- Working in awkward positions.
OSHA Technical Manual (OTM) | Section VII: Chapter 1 | Back Disorders and Injuries — The OTM provides technical information about workplace hazards to the agency’s Compliance Safety and Health Officers, but the information is available to the public for developing or implementing effective workplace safety and health programs. In this section of the OTM, you can learn more about back disorders, reports of back injuries, and how back injuries are investigated. Additional appendices also provide in-depth analysis and evaluation of lifting tasks.
Back Belts | Do They Prevent Injury? — Visit this section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to read a pamphlet issued by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH states that back injuries account for nearly 20% of all injuries and illnesses in the workplace and cost the nation an estimated 20 to 50 billion dollars per year. This pamphlet explores the back belts (also referred to as "back supports" or "abdominal belts") worn by some workers to prevent injury during lifting on the job are actually effective. It concludes:
After a review of the scientific literature, NIOSH has concluded that, because of limitations of the studies that have analyzed workplace use of back belts, the results cannot be used to either support or refute the effectiveness of back belts in injury reduction. Although back belts are being bought and sold under the premise that they reduce the risk of back injury, there is insufficient scientific evidence that they actually deliver what is promised.
The Hoffman Firm | Miami Back Injuries Lawyer
Did you sustain a serious back injury on the job in South Florida? It will be in your best interest to retain legal counsel as soon as possible for help obtaining the compensation you need for medical bills, lost wages, and other considerations. The Hoffman Firm represents clients throughout the greater Miami area, including West Palm Beach, Aventura, Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach, Homestead, Miami Beach, and several nearby areas.
Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Miami who helps workers get the benefits they are entitled to and also pursues claims against third parties when their negligence caused accidents. He can provide a full evaluation of your case as soon as you call (305) 940-2307 or complete an online contact form today to set up a free initial consultation.
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