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Construction Accidents, Back Pain, and Your Rights As a Worker

On Behalf of | Aug 28, 2015 | Firm News


At Wilhelm & Roemersma, our personal injury attorneys have extensive success and experience in handling cases involving work injuries and workers’ compensation claims, and in particular those arising from construction accidents. Among the most common injuries suffered on construction sites are those involving the back. These are also among the most debilitating, as construction workers rely on their backs being strong and healthy to perform many of their routine tasks, from heavy lifting to the operation of heavy machinery.

As experts in litigation involving construction accidents and back pain, our New Jersey attorneys can help you if you have been denied the workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled or if you feel you may have a valid personal injury claim against a third party who was responsible for your injuries. We would be pleased to evaluate your case and advise you of your legal rights and options.

Common Back Injuries Suffered on Construction Sites

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, even when the most stringent safety protocols are followed. As a result, accidents of all types, from the relatively minor to the catastrophic, are always possible. Many construction workers experience back pain to varying degrees while on the job. When that back pain becomes debilitating to the point that they can no longer perform their assigned job duties, however, they are entitled to workers’ compensation to cover their medical and rehabilitation expenses, as well as to cover their time away from work while they are recovering.

Common back injuries suffered on construction sites include:

  • Major spinal cord injuries, including paralysis: It is more difficult for workers’ compensation claims for major spinal cord injuries to be denied simply because it is more difficult for employers to dispute such claims on the usual grounds (e.g., the accident didn’t occur at work, or the injuries were pre-existing). However, an employer may still claim that the injuries occurred as a result of horseplay or intoxication, which can render a claim invalid if sufficient evidence is supplied.
  • Muscle injuries: Injuries to muscles and other soft tissues can reduce an employee’s range of motion and sap his or her strength, especially over time.
  • Nerve damage: Pinched nerves and other nerve injuries can cause pain, tingling, numbness, and weakness in the extremities.
  • Slipped disc: Also known as a herniated disc, a slipped disc can be both painful and debilitating, dramatically reducing an employee’s flexibility and range of motion.

Unless the circumstances surrounding the accident and the injury are extremely well documented, it is almost certain that the employer will dispute the workers’ compensation claim. In such cases, having a skilled workers’ compensation attorney on your side can make all the difference between making ends meet as you recover from your injury. Our personal injury attorneys would be honored to fight for your right to collect workers’ compensation.

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To arrange for an evaluation of your workers’ compensation case, please contact our personal injury law firm today.

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