Seeking a Back Injury Settlement in Oregon
Common Back Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation
There are three main types of back injuries that the workers’ compensation board tends to recognize. Read on to find out more about each, or contact my offices to discuss your situation in detail.
Herniated Discs: For example, when a worker performs a heavy lift and twist, they can sometimes tear a disc in their back—usually L4-5 or L5-S1. The torn disc material sits on the surrounding nerves, causing pain and numbness down the legs. This is generally repaired through surgery, as the disc material needs to be cleaned away. In many situations, after surgery, the doctor will limit the worker to lifting no more than 50 to 75 pounds.
Backbone Fractures: For example, when a worker falls off a ladder, they sometimes fracture a backbone. Generally, surgery is not required, but if the worker’s back is unstable, a medical professional may need to perform a fusion procedure. Depending on how the worker feels and/or recovers, a full-duty release or restricted release may be issued.
Back Strains: Strains are relatively easy to sustain, as all the employee needs to do is overstretch a back muscle and its connective material. Many medical professionals feel confident that the body can return to 100% in a short period of time. Usually, the worker will be advised to rest and avoid any strenuous activity while their muscle and tissues heal themselves.
Injuries Not Recognized by Workers’ Compensation
Arthritic changes to the back, such as multi-level bulges and others, do not qualify for coverage under workers’ compensation. That’s because arthritis is a preexisting condition—not a back injury sustained at work.
Contact me today to schedule a consultation and find out whether accepting a back injury settlement is the right choice for your future. Legal services are available for Oregon.