GEORGIA WORKERS WHO SUFFER A NECK, BACK OR SPINE INJURY WHILE ON THE JOB MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS
You’ve been injured while on the job and now you’re dealing with an injury to your neck and/or suffering back pain as a result. The cause of your injury and pain is clear, but your employer and the insurance company are trying to deny your workers’ compensation claim. At issue is the fact that neck and back injuries are often difficult to diagnose due to the soft tissue aspect of the injury.
You know you’re in pain, but if you can’t show actual proof in the form of a scan, X-ray or physician’s diagnosis, you’re going to have a harder time getting the benefits you deserve. The insurer can deny you your claim even though there’s a clear connection between your work and how you got your injury. It’s for these reasons alone that you should talk to a back and neck injuries lawyer at the Mann Law Firm to help you file your workers’ compensation claim and ensure you get the care and coverage you need so you can heal.
Why Choose the Mann Law Firm for Your Back or Neck Injury?
The Mann Law Firm has years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation claims and knows what needs to be done to help you demonstrate that you’re being truthful about your injuries. Our back injury attorney has helped many clients get fair compensation for their injuries, from helping to file a claim to negotiating with insurance companies. He works to get you a settlement that’s in line with your needs; and if a settlement isn’t possible, David Mann will take your case to court on your behalf.
We’re here to help you with your workers’ compensation claim from the moment you call us. David Mann gained experience in the insurance industry before starting his own law firm, and now he uses his knowledge to help clients get their benefits after an on-the-job injury.
How We Can Help You With Workers’ Compensation for Your Back and Neck Injury
It should be a simple process to file a workers’ compensation claim for a back or neck injury at your Georgia workplace. Back and neck injuries are commonly associated with certain types of work. They’re also the leading causes of lost work time, something that employers and insurers are aware of. Unfortunately, the existence of back and neck injuries is harder to prove, even with the help of a physician. That’s why you need a back injury lawyer from the Mann Law Firm to get your case approved.
Our personal injury lawyer, David Mann, is familiar with how employers and insurers try to deny a workers’ compensation claim for these injuries. He knows what needs to be done to press your case with them, how to prove that your injuries are genuine and that you received them through no fault of your own. A neck injury attorney makes sure that you get what you’re rightfully entitled to.
How Neck and Back Injuries Happen at the Workplace
To understand whether you are entitled to medical expenses, disability pay or other benefits through Georgia’s workers’ compensation program, it’s helpful to understand how your neck, back or spine injury may have occurred.
WebMD states that straining is the most common cause of back and neck injury. Some types of work require you to put a lot of strain on the muscles that support your spine. The muscles involved start at the neck and go all the way down to your lower spine. Injuries in these areas develop over time as the result of repeated movements such as pulling, lifting, pushing, carrying, and otherwise moving heavy objects. Your muscles are slowly being damaged, and you find yourself experiencing work-related neck and back injuries. Sudden trauma brought on by a traumatic car accident injuries or slip or fall at work can also cause a work-related neck or back injury.
Common Neck and Back Injuries
Chest, Rib Cage and Mid-Back
As you perform your job duties, you may put a lot of strain on the middle part of your torso. You’ll experience pain in these areas along with a stooped posture, numbness, muscle spasms, and pain in the ribs.
Whiplash gets its name from the sudden whipping motion of your head and neck during a sudden stop or impact. The pain can reach from the neck to the lower back and makes it difficult for you to turn your neck in any direction.
Lumbar or Lower Back
The lumbar portion of your spine is the portion of your spine at and below your waistline. Any injury to this area makes it hard for you to turn your body at the waist and can also cause sciatica.
Pressure from repetitive movements can result in a herniated disc. A disc is a fibrous, gel-filled cushion that fills in the space between your vertebrae and provides a cushion. A herniated disc is one that leaks and deflates, allowing your vertebrae to press on nerve roots that exit the spine.
Frequently Asked Questions
The following are answers to questions our clients often ask of our neck injury lawyer.
When should I report an accident that happened on the job?
You should file a report regarding the accident as soon as you are able to, preferably within 24 to 48 hours after the accident. This helps you preserve evidence of your accident and gives your employer the ability to investigate quickly. The state of Georgia allows you 30 days in which to file a claim.
What injuries qualify me for workers’ compensation?
The types of injuries that qualify you for workers’ compensation are many. You can learn more about qualifying injuries by talking to a neck injury lawyer.
What benefits am I entitled to?
Workers’ compensation covers the wages you’re losing as the result of your work-related injury and also covers medical care/physical therapy that you need for proper healing.
When do my benefits end?
Georgia law allows you to receive workers’ compensation benefits for up to 400 weeks. If you’ve had a catastrophic injury that ended your career, you may be able to receive benefits for the rest of your life. However, your benefit period, which may be influenced by the severity of your injury and the duration required for a full recovery, depends on how these catastrophic injury side effects your ability to work.
If you have additional questions, reach out to our back and neck injury lawyer at Mann Law by calling (478) 742-3381 today.
Contact Our Back and Neck Injuries Lawyer
The workers’ compensation lawyers of the Mann Law Firm have deep experience with the Georgia workers’ compensation program. We strive to ensure that individuals in the Macon or Middle Georgia area who have suffered a neck, back or spine injury in a workplace accident get every bit of the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve, and our Macon back injury lawyer is here to help. Call us today at (478) 742-3381 to discuss your case.
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