If you suffer from back pain, working can be difficult and sometimes impossible if you have a physical job. Workers who suffer back injuries while on the job in New Jersey are entitled to file workers’ compensation claims to pay for their treatment and, in some cases, recoup a portion of their lost wages.
Causes of workplace back injuries
Many back injuries that qualify for workers’ compensation claims develop over time. Common factors include:
- Lifting or moving heavy objects
- Repetitive movements, especially those involving twisting the spine
- In activity, including sitting at a desk all day with an inadequate chair
Other factors that can cause back pain include age, obesity, and poor physical condition can also contribute to injuries that produce back pain. Employees can do several things to minimize their chances of incurring back injuries at work, although their efforts may not totally prevent them. When working, you can:
- Pay attention to your posture and avoid slouching
- Learn how to lift and carry heavy objects properly
- Modify repetitive tasks that can lead to injuries
- Change positions often to avoid remaining in one that can lead to injuries
Simple steps, such as those suggested above, can make a difference. Examine your work environment to see if there is anything that you can change.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe work environment
When you are injured on the job, you must file a claim through your employer. All workplaces must provide a safe environment, which includes measures to help avoid repetitive injuries. Unfortunately, some employers will continue to ignore questionable conditions even after workers have reported problems.
Many workers’ compensation claims are initially denied. Either the insurance company will not approve the claim, indicating that the injury did not occur on the job, or the employer will say that you are responsible for your medical problems. Keeping thorough records of medical diagnoses and treatments and any conversations you may have had with employers about unsafe workplace practices can help you combat a denial. Fighting a denial can often lead to eventual payment.