Dealing with an acute low-back strain or sprain can be challenging. You may want to pursue a workers’ compensation claim if you have a back injury from your job.
Understanding the process and your rights helps you receive the support you need during your recovery.
Recognizing the signs
Symptoms of a workplace back injury can include:
- Pain that gets worse when you move
- Sudden, uncontrollable muscle contractions
- Stiffness that restricts your range of motion
- Difficulty maintaining normal posture
- Radiating pain
- Trouble walking, standing straight or bending forward or sideways
Research shows that low back pain is a leading cause of disability. If your job requires heavy lifting, sudden twisting or repetitive tasks, it is important to address these symptoms promptly.
Reporting the incident
Tell your supervisor about the event that caused your pain right away. Explain how the injury occurred, including any workplace conditions that may have contributed.
Your employer may have a list of approved health care providers for work-related injuries. Tell the doctor the details of your injury and how it occurred. Document all medical evaluations, treatments and follow-up appointments. This information will be crucial in supporting your workers’ compensation claim.
Filing a claim
You must file a claim with your employer’s insurance provider to formally request workers’ comp benefits. This process typically involves completing a designated form that outlines the details of your injury, medical treatment and any time missed from work. Be thorough and accurate in your documentation.
Cooperate fully with your employer and their insurance company. Attend all required medical appointments, follow prescribed treatments and promptly communicate any changes in your condition. Cooperation demonstrates your commitment to recovery and encourages a smoother resolution of your claim.
Injuries in your lower back can be physically and emotionally demanding. Knowing your rights under Pennsylvania law can help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact YOUR Workers’ Compensation Specialist for a free, no-obligation consultation today. Visit us online or call 610-892-9300.