Many employees feel as though they figuratively break their backs for their employer’s day in and day out to get the job done. But what happens if you really do suffer a spinal injury on the job? Unlike other workers compensation injuries, spinal cord injuries are not generally fixable. If you make a recovery, it will be a long process through which you will need ongoing medical care and likely suffer serious financial hardships without the support of compensation assistance.
There are various levels of spinal injuries but typically all will result in some type of life changing consequences. Spinal injuries are not only painful and require immediate medical attention their effects can be long-lasting, resulting in partial paralysis, nerve damage, paraplegia or quadriplegia, and permanent loss of motion or sensation. These disabilities as a result of an on the job spinal injury often leave the employee unable to work for the rest of the lifetime, a hard fact to face especially if you are young, in relatively good health, and have a retirement date that is far off.
If you are unable to return to work, you are eligible for receiving total disability payments that will not cease in your lifetime. You may only have a partial disability which will allow you to do some type of work down the road but you can still file a claim for a loss of income based on the disability of certain body parts. Spinal injuries not only incur the loss of income over a lengthy period of time, they will also necessitate high medical costs, potentially for the rest of your life.
Spinal injuries on the job often occur because of driving accidents, falls, and accidents with machinery. Those employers specializing in the constructions trades, industrial trades, and other heavy duty industries must take the necessary precautions to protect the interests of their workers. Their attention to details regarding safety is all-important and if your employer was negligent in their safety practices, it is vital you protect your best interests before a serious accident occurs and especially if something should happen.
To protect your interests, it is best to consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney. Serious injuries like those involving the spinal cord are complex matters to address with your employer. To ensure you are protected you should not hesitate to consult with us about your rights. You can schedule an appointment by calling us toll free 855-614-4351 or by using our confidential online contact form.