What types of back injuries does Workers’ Compensation cover?

Back injuries can range in type and severity. Spinal cord injuries, fractures, and paralysis are all common types of back injuries covered by Workers’ Compensation. Other examples include:

  • Lower back sprain
  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve impingement
  • Lumbar or lower back pain
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia

Can I pursue a third-party Workers’ Compensation claim for my back injury?

If your back injury was caused by a third party while you were on the job (instead of your employer), you can pursue a separate legal action against the third party to recover compensation. Being injured by a hazardous condition at your work site, a motor vehicle, a public utility, or a product – such as a tool or a piece of equipment – may give you grounds to file a third-party claim.

Unlike a regular Workers’ Compensation claim, third-party actions are lawsuits filed in civil court. As lawsuits, they allow injured workers to recover damages for future lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and other losses not covered by regular Workers’ Compensation. You must be able to prove that the third party’s negligence was directly responsible for your injuries in order to win your case and receive compensation.

If my back injury causes permanent damage, can I receive permanent benefits?

Yes. However, successfully negotiating for permanent benefits can be a complicated process. The Workers’ Compensation system rates back injuries by assigning a numerical value to the injury that judges its severity and how debilitating it will be into the future. The compensation you receive will be based on this rating.

Unfortunately, many ratings given to back injuries do not accurately reflect their severity and/or the effect they will have on your ability to work. Our experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC will fight to help you secure compensation for all of the ongoing care you need, including treatment by an orthopedic doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist. We will work closely with your health care providers to dispute incorrect ratings and pursue permanent benefits for your back injury.

If you have further questions about back injuries and Workers’ Compensation, please contact our Workers' Compensation Lawyers today to schedule a free initial consultation. White & Stradley, PLLC is proud to represent injured workers throughout the state of North Carolina including Durham, Charlotte, Asheville, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem.

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