Low back injuries are the single most common type of work-related injury in Kentucky according to the Department of Workers’ Claims annual statistical reports. Lifting injuries causing low back strains, falls causing fractures, and repetitive motion lifting are all types of low back injuries caused by work. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has known for years, by conducting scientific studies, that lifting heavy objects at work, places stress on the low back and that lifting heavier objects, or lifting away from the body in awkward positions, can cause low back pain and damage to the intervertebral discs of the lumbar spine. There is even an app to calculate the stress of lifting available on the NIOSH website.
If your lower back has been injured in a work-related accident, and you have had to have lumbar surgery, such as a lumbar discectomy or lumbar fusion, you might be facing permanent disability. If your work has caused this either because of an acute injury such as a fall or single incident of lifting, twist, or bending, or if your work is strenuous and repetitive, you should contact an attorney to make sure you can prove it is a work-related injury. Sometimes it takes careful questioning of doctors, or an evaluation by an expert, to determine that an injury is actually caused by your work, or repetitive lifting at work.
I have practiced many, many workers compensation cases concerning low back injuries and lumbar fusions. While I can ask the right questions to help prove that your case is work-related, the Workers’ Compensation insurance companies may send a nurse case manager or write your doctor a letter to try to make sure the doctor says your work was not the cause of your low back issues.
Whether you have a compression fracture of a vertebra, if you are recovering from a discectomy or foramenotomy, or if you have restrictions that keep you from returning to work after you have had back surgery, contact me to discuss your options.