Back and neck injuries are the most common form of workplace injuries in California. Most insurance company evaluators know, as soon as they see a “back or neck” or “neck injury” or “whiplash” in a claim, what they can offer you as compensation for your medical bills. Whether it’s an insurance claim or a lawsuit, getting fair compensation for back and neck injuries depend on the nature and duration of the injury, as well as a good medical record. In most cases, the true extent of the patient’s injury, especially his or her soft tissue in the cervical region (neck), is not immediately apparent after the accident or injury. Hence, it becomes necessary to obtain proper medical care and professional legal assistance.
Workers in all industries, from office workers to contractors, from drivers to retailers, are prone to back and neck injuries while on the job. Not only people with heavy physical labor – builders, firefighters – get injured at work. Warehouse workers and workers who load and unload heavy items as part of their job duties can suffer long-term neck and back injuries.
Back and Neck Injuries at Workplace
Whether your job is manual or sedentary, a back, neck, or spinal cord injury can make pain-free work impossible. California Workers’ Compensation laws provide injured workers with benefits to help them get the medical care they need to recover from an injury or illness at work and to partially offset lost wages. California law protects workers from penalties for reporting work-related injuries, and an experienced attorney, such as a Workers Compensation Attorney lawyer, will work hard to protect your rights if you file a workers’ compensation claim. If you are an insured worker (like most California workers) and can prove that the injury occurred on the job or while actively working for your employer, you are eligible for workers’ compensation for a back or neck injury. Similarly if you have sustained a spinal injury caused by the negligence of others, your best bet is to seek the help of an experienced back injury workers compensation attorney to help you get the damages you deserve.
Finally, other situations that cause spinal cord injury can occur, workplace accidents, and other similar incidents. Even if you think your injury is “not a big deal,” tell your manager right away and ask for a workers’ compensation claim form. If you have sustained a spinal injury caused by the negligent or intentional actions of others, it is imperative that you hire a lawyer who has experience with spinal injuries and the factors that determine the evaluation of these cases.
If you or your loved one has injured their back or neck as a result of a workplace accident, and are looking for legal advice, we at Gaylord and Nantais have your back. At Gaylord & Nantais’ attorneys, we have more than 40 years of expertise in successfully representing people who have been hurt on the job. We have experience with claims in a variety of sectors and will do our utmost best to protect your rights.