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On-the-job back injuries may qualify for workers’ compensation

Published on Oct 19, 2020 at 5:37 pm in workers' compensation.

Back pain, sprains and strains experienced while working could require medical attention, and an employee may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. As noted by Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor and Industry, the benefits provide financial support to employees with a work-related illness or injury.

Workers who qualify for benefits may take time off to undergo surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation. Compensation generally also includes loss of wages and the cost of medication and health care required to recover.

Proof that an injury was work-related

A workers’ compensation claim does not require proof that an employee took any precautions to avoid an injury. Even if an individual made a mistake or caused an accident while working, he or she may still qualify for benefits. An individual’s claim requires no further evidence other than showing that the problem developed or occurred while performing work-related tasks.

Back injuries may often result from performing tasks that require constant and repetitive motions. Excessive lower back movements may cause sprain or strain for employees who work while sitting down. As noted by the Cleveland Clinic, symptoms of a developing back problem include pain that worsens while moving or experiencing a decrease in function.

When to seek medical attention and file a claim

If an employee ignores muscle cramps or other symptoms, the condition may worsen and lead to a serious disability. Employees, however, need not fear losing their job when complaining of back pain. Pennsylvania law prohibits employers from firing an individual suffering from a work-related injury. When employees report an injury or pain, a supervisor must provide them with the necessary paperwork to file a workers’ compensation claim.

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