Georgia Workers Who Suffer a Neck, Back or Spine Injury While on the Job May Be Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Neck, back and spine injuries are common and are among the leading causes of lost work time. However, workers’ compensation claims relating to these injuries are often challenged by employers and their insurers. The Mann Law Firm wants to help you if you have suffered a valid work-related injury to your neck, back or spine. David Mann prides himself on delivering personalized and thoughtful services to each of his clients. He focuses his practice on car and truck accidents, workers’ compensation rights and claims, wrongful death and personal injury.

Neck, Back and Spine Injuries in Georgia Workplaces

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.

According to WebMD, one of the most common causes of back pain is straining the muscles that surround the spine. This is especially true in the lower back and at the base of the neck. As WebMD also notes, back pain often develops over a long period of time. Pain may result from repeated stress and strain caused by physical labor, such as pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying heavy objects. If you are a worker in the manufacturing or food processing industries, you may be especially prone to these types of repetitive strain injuries. Work-related neck, back and spine injuries can also be caused by sudden, traumatic events. A fall, for example, can cause muscle strains, herniated discs or vertebral fractures.

You might also suffer neck and back injuries from a car accident, which is a much more common way to injure the neck and back than job-specific injuries. Because these types of injuries are not as visible, it’s crucial to get help immediately. A neck injury lawyer or a back injury lawyer is a great contact to have in this scenario.

4 of the Most Common Neck and Back Injuries

Chest, Rib Area and Mid-Back Injuries

These types of injuries can result in stiffness, sudden change in posture, numbness, pain in the ribs and muscle spasms.

Whiplash

Whiplash is classified as the whipping motion that occurs by force of impact and can be felt from the neck to the lower back. It’s the cause of an injury, not the final diagnosis.

Lumbar (Lower Back)

There are five large vertebrae in the lower back region that are supported by the hips and abdomen. Symptoms for these injuries include swelling, soreness and tenderness. They can interfere with your ability to move throughout the day.

Herniated Discs

These occur when the soft space breaks down and bones press on nerves or nerve roots. Other symptoms can include muscle weakness, burning and tingling sensations.

On average, a car accident that leads to minor back or neck injuries can warrant a settlement of up to $10,000. However, in cases where the injury is more severe, the settlement could be more than $30,000 and even up to $100,000 if the victim experiences intense trauma and broken bones.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When should I report an accident that happened on the job?

    Immediately is ideal, or at least within 24-48 hours after the incident takes place. This allows the employer some time to investigate and take the measures necessary to avoid any further incidents. In Georgia, you want to file a claim within 30 days, or you might lose your benefits.
  • What medical treatment will be paid for with my benefits?

    Workers’ compensation benefits cover all hospital bills, doctor bills, prescriptions, physical therapy and any travel expenses necessary. In Georgia, you might also be entitled to vocational and medical rehabilitation.
  • What injuries qualify me for workers’ compensation?

    Most people tend to believe that only severe injuries are covered under workers’ compensation, but that’s not the case. While those injuries absolutely qualify, there are many other less serious injuries to be covered as well. Some of these are injuries like hearing loss that can occur after exposure to loud noises over time, for extended periods of time, or breathing problems caused by being exposed to chemicals over a period of time. It can also include stress-related injuries like heart attacks or injuries like carpal tunnel that can be found in jobs requiring repetitive hand movements. Specific injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation in Georgia include vehicle accidents, repetitive motions, slip and fall accidents, industrial accidents, falling objects and machine-related injuries.
  • What injuries are not covered through workers’ compensation?

    In Georgia, the following injuries are not covered:

    • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
    • Not following safety protocols
    • Injuries resulting from physical fights not related to your job
    • Not using safety devices
    • Practical jokes or “horseplay,” unless you’re the victim
    • Providing false information to receive benefits.
  • What should I include in my claim?

    A claim should always include specific details regarding the incident, including when and where it occurred. You should also mention any medical treatment you received at the time of the injury.
  • What benefits am I entitled to?

    Employers injured in a work-related incident are entitled to weekly income benefits, regardless of whether the injury is permanent or temporary. However, the maximum weekly payment is dependent upon when the injury occurred. You could also receive temporary total disability benefits if your doctor says you can’t work or if you’ve been put on light work duties only and there aren’t any available.
  • When do my benefits end?

    In the state of Georgia, if your incident occurred after July 1, 1992, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation for up to 400 weeks. Depending on how catastrophic your injury is, you might be entitled to lifetime benefits.
  • Does it matter whose fault the injury was?

    Contrary to popular belief, the person at fault for your injury is irrelevant for workers’ compensation. In many states, including Georgia, you’re entitled to compensation even if the injury is your fault — unless the injury was caused by drug or alcohol use or other malpractice.
  • Will my case go to a hearing?

    Typically, they do. In the state of Georgia, a hearing will be scheduled within 60 days from the time the judge receives the workers’ compensation form. The hearing will take place near the county where you were injured.

Get Help From a Neck Injury Attorney in Macon for Your Neck, Back or Spine Injury

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.

Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with our Macon neck injury lawyer! You can reach us by phone at (478) 742-3381 or online. The Mann Law Firm serves workers and their families throughout Macon and Middle Georgia.

Attorney David Mann

Attorney David MannBefore leading his own firm, Mann served for several years as in-house defense counsel for a large insurance company, which gives him unique insight into how insurance companies work. He uses this critical knowledge as an advantage for his clients. He is a tough negotiator and litigator, and he is exceptionally strategic in building cases on behalf of personal injury victims.[ Attorney Bio ]

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