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Can a back injury take you out of work?

On Behalf of | Oct 18, 2022 | Workers' Compensation

Back injuries are the most common reason that workers call out not only in the state or even the country, but across the globe.

To that end, it is not surprising that back injuries are much more serious than some people make them out to be. In fact, a back injury can easily end someone’s career if they are not careful.

What back pain stems from

The International Association for the Study of Pain discusses the impact back injuries have on individuals. Back injuries come from many different sources, like lifting heavy objects improperly, going through repetitive motions, sitting or standing for long periods of time and more.

Most back injuries primarily involve the muscles of the area but can involve other aspects, too. For example, if the spinal column gets damaged, it can have permanent or semi-permanent impacts on the victim’s mobility.

Job risks due to lengthy healing

Even muscular damage is potentially enough to put a person out of work, though. This is due to the fact that muscle injury actually takes a long time for a victim to recover from. Every time a person uses an inflamed muscle, the muscle will suffer from worse inflammation and does not have time to start healing.

This means that a person should take the full length of the healing time off of work, but this can last for weeks or even months. Needless to say, most people do not have the sick days or paid time off needed to cover such a lengthy recovery process.

This means workers are forced into situations where they must leave their job because they cannot continue working without hurting themselves further. This is also why many workers in this situation choose to seek compensation for their injuries.