Back & Neck Work Injuries

I Hurt my Back on the job – What should I do ?
I Hurt my Neck on the job – What should I do ?

Call the Ohio back and neck work injury attorney specialist at Gruhin & Gruhin. If you’ve suffered an on the job accident which causes injury to your neck or back , protect yourself from getting lost in the Ohio Workers’ Compensation maze and avoid the bureaucratic red tape.

We Take Back and Neck Injury Cases Seriously !Injured workers who seek Ohio workers’ compensation benefits after suffering lifting injuries often find that their complaints are ignored or underestimated. Some employers expect workers to ‘tough it out’ and ‘get back to work.’ Some employers don’t even submit the claim to the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. If you’ve injured your neck or back on the job due to a lifting or fall injury, you have rights. But you are the one with the legal requirement to file the claim application with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Don’t delay, there are specific time deadlines.

Gruhin & Gruhin helps Ohio’s injured workers and work accident victims to obtain all available workers’ compensation benefits, money awards and medical treatment. We fight to ensure the receipt all of the medical care and money benefits for lost wages, wage loss, and injury money for Ohio work injuries and on the job accidents.

On the job and workplace back, lumbar, neck, cervical injuries can happen anywhere and at any time. Construction workers and roadway crews are in constant danger of getting into a serious accident. This does not mean, however, that a job needs to be inherently dangerous for workers’ compensation benefits to be available for the injured worker. Back injuries are extremely common on the job injuries. Such injuries can occur when a worker is lifting something heavy or when a worker suffers a fall, which causes a twisting to the back and/or neck. These are also painful injuries whose effects can last a long time and affect your ability to return to work.

Even minor back or neck injuries can be debilitating. Keeping you off work, losing money when you can’t work due to an on the job injury. Serious back, neck, and spinal cord injuries can lead to a lifetime of disability and financial hardship. Protect yourself by hiring a Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney. Call or contact Gruhin & Gruhin and Mike Gruhin, “The Comp Specialist” now. There are strict time limits.

Back and neck injuries are some of the most common injuries sustained in a work accident and are one of the most frequent reasons for lost work time. Frequent or heavy lifting or a fall at work can cause a ruptured or herniated disc, resulting in back and leg pain. These accidents can also cause injury to the neck and the cervical discs in the neck. While many back and neck injuries heal with rest and physical therapy, others require surgery to repair injured discs and relieve nerve impingement. A back or neck injury can be especially devastating to workers whose job requires them to perform heavy physical labor, such as construction work. After a serious back or neck injury, many employees are unable to return to their job. Vocational rehabilitation, retraining, wage loss, and other benefits may be required to return some injured workers to a suitable job within their physical restrictions.

Each back or neck injury claim can be quite complex depending on the severity of the injury and the type of incident that caused the injury. Mike Gruhin is a Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney, experienced and specializing in handling all types of back and neck injury cases, from herniated discs, degenerative disc injuries, degenerative joint injuries, low back and neck injuries, to broken backs, necks, arms, legs, and other work trauma accidents. A back or neck injury can result from various work accidents, such as:

  • Slip and fall at work
  • Accident from heavy lifting or pushing
  • Falling down the stairs at work
  • Car accidents that occur while on the job

What is a low back (Lumbar) strain or sprain?
What is a Cervical (Neck) strain or sprain?

Having to lift heavy items at work can cause serious lower back and/or neck pain. Workers who have to lift, bend, twist, stoop, and squat all day commonly suffer from this painful back or neck injuries.

Muscle strains, lumbar sprains, and cervical sprains are the most common causes of spine pain. A muscle strain occurs when the muscle fibers are abnormally stretched or torn. A sprain occurs when the ligaments, the tough bands of tissue that hold bones together, are torn from their attachments. Differentiating a strain from a sprain can be difficult, as both injuries will show similar symptoms. Many doctors refer to both injuries as a category called “musculo-ligamentous injuries” of the lumbar spine or simply a sprain/strain. In general, it doesn’t matter what you call the problem because the treatment and prognosis for both back and neck strains and sprains is the same.

What is a Herniated, Slipped, or Ruptured Disc?

Herniated or Ruptured Discs occur when the spongy discs between the bones of the vertebrae shift. Herniated or slipped discs can occur on any part of the spine. Serious disc injuries can cause constant pain, numbness and weakness.

Degenerative Disc and/or Joint Disease of the Cervical, Thoracic, and/or Lumbar Spine:

Degenerative Disc Disease is very common. However a pre-existing condition can be aggravated by a work accident. Trying to get an aggravation of degenerative disc disease or aggravation of degenerative joint disease is a complex medical / legal issue. A Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney is your best avenue to seek and obtain an aggravation award.

When a work injury aggravates, reactivates or accelerates your arthritis or degenerative disc disease, you have a right to file for workers’ compensation benefits. There is considerable misunderstanding concerning the right of an employee to obtain these benefits for an aggravation of a preexisting injury, particularly as it relates to arthritis and degenerative disc disease.

Degenerative disc disease is a widespread condition that can lead to serious lower back and neck pain. Almost everyone experiences this medical condition, simply because a person’s spinal discs degenerate and lose the ability to absorb shock naturally over time. An injury to the disc can accelerate and aggravate degenerative disc disease. Most often degenerative disc disease pain occurs not from the condition itself, but because a person’s suffers another injury to the back or neck.

Degenerative disc disease is not actually classified as a disease, but a medical condition caused by a damaged disc in the spine. Such damage can include a slipped disc, ruptured disc or herniated disc, or a tear in the outer core of the disc.

Work Injuries That May Lead to the Aggravation of Degenerative Disc and/or Joint Disease

Certain jobs make a person more susceptible to aggravating a preexisting condition like arthritis or degenerative disc disease. People are more susceptible to aggravating their arthritis, if they hold jobs that require them to perform repetitive motions, to endure high impact activities, or to remain sedentary for long. Examples of such jobs include, typing, assembly line work, construct work and other types of manual labor.

People are more likely to aggravate their degenerative disc disease when they work in manual labor jobs that require repeated heavy lifting, twisting and turning. Any job that can potentially lead to a back or neck injury can aggravate degenerative disc disease.

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s just the natural aging process and you can’t get it added to your Ohio Workers’ Compensation claim. Gruhin & Gruhin has successfully added aggravation conditions to work comp claims for years.

Degenerative Disc Disease is the gradual deterioration of the disc between the vertebrae. As people age, the composition of the cartilage of the body changes, resulting in thinner and more fragile cartilage. The changes cause the discs and joints that stack the vertebrae (also known as facet joints) to wear and tear over time. Degeneration of the disc in Degenerative Disc Disease is also referred to as spondylosis.

The x-ray or MRI evidence is what confirms the diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease. Any level of the spine can be affected. Degeneration of the disc can cause local pain in the affected area. When Degenerative Disc Disease specifically affects the spine of the neck, it is more specifically referred to as cervical disc disease. When the mid-back is affected, the condition is known as thoracic disc disease.

Quadriplegia: This is a paralysis of the limbs and torso. This is typically caused by a serious injury to the spinal cord between the C1 and C7 vertebrae in the upper back. Car accidents and serious falls have been known to cause permanent quadriplegia.

Paraplegia: This is the impairment of the lower extremities. This type of disability is typically caused by a serious injury to the lower spinal cord.

Aggravation of Arthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease and Workers’ Compensation

When seeking workers’ compensation benefits for the aggravation of a preexisting condition like arthritis or degenerative disc disease, it is important to understand that these conditions are covered. These are compensable regardless of whether the preexisting condition was work-related.

Workers’ compensation covers work-related injuries that aggravate a preexisting condition even if that condition made the person more susceptible to future injury. When claiming compensation for an aggravation of a preexisting condition, a person must simply show that the aggravation of the injury was work related and the resulting disability prevented them from working.

The requirement that the disability resulted from a new injury does mean that a person cannot claim compensation for a disability that resulted from the natural progression of a preexisting injury. The new work-related injury need not be the exclusive cause of the disability, but it must be a material factor in the aggravation of the preexisting injury.

Protect Your Rights After a Workplace Lifting Injury – Contact a Board Certified Specialist Attorney to Discuss the Your Back or Neck work injury case or the Aggravation of Your Arthritis or Degenerative Disc / Joint Disease due to your job accident.

Given the time limitations surrounding the filing of a workers’ compensation claim against your employer, it is important to act promptly. Speak to a Board Certified Ohio Work Comp Specialist Attorney. You need an experienced work comp lawyer about how an aggravation of your preexisting injury will affect your workers’ compensation claim.

To receive fair compensation for a serious on the job injury, you should consult with a Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney. Don’t think that all attorneys are work comp specialists. Ask the attorney you contact if he or she is Board Certified. If not, look elsewhere. Don’t wait, there are specific time limits. Call or contact Mike Gruhin, Board Certified Ohio Workers’ Compensation Specialist Attorney now!