Back injuries can make any job more difficult, but if you have a physically demanding job, you rely on your back every day. A back injury can make your job nearly impossible. You may be wondering what you can do if you received your back injury on the job. Does Pennsylvania law allow you to receive workers comp benefits?
Proving your claim
In Pennsylvania, you can receive workers compensation benefits for a back injury you received on the job. The amount of benefits may depend on the severity of your injury. The catch is that you must be able to show you received the injury at work and you must file your claim within the legal timeframe. Too often, workers ignore a strain on their back or neck, hoping it will go away by itself. Before they know it, the problem has grown too painful to ignore.
Reporting any incident at work right away is important for these reasons. Back injuries can grow worse over time, especially if they are not cared for right away. You need to document your injury just in case you end up needing further care or time off work down the road. Always complete an incident report and tell your employer about the injury.
You should also seek medical treatment for any injury to your back or neck for the same reason. Early treatment can help you document the injury, but also help put you back on the road to recovery much sooner.
Types of injuries
Back injuries are among the most common workers comp claims in Pennsylvania. Types of injuries include:
- Injuries to disks, including herniated and ruptured disks. You may feel pain radiate into your arm or leg and buttocks. You may also feel numbness and weakness.
- Spinal cord injuries, which can be very severe. Symptoms depend on how severe the injury is, but may include paralysis, weakness, difficulty breathing and pain or stinging.
- Back and neck strain, which are the most common injuries. Symptoms include general pain and soreness, shooting pain, and a limited ability to move.
- Pinched nerves, which can be caused by too much pressure or a herniated disk. You may feel numbness or a sharp pain.
As stated above, you should always get a professional medical opinion on your back injury. Delaying care can make your situation more serious. You may also have a more difficult time recovering the workers compensation benefits that you deserve.