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Back injuries common among healthcare and construction workers

Individuals who work in professions like nursing and construction must often perform a variety of work-related duties that require lifting, carrying and twisting. Given the fact that all of these physical movements and tasks engage the muscles in one's back, it's no surprise that back injuries are common.

Injuries suffered to the back are some of the most painful and common of all work-related injuries. Back injuries and pain may range from a dull throbbing sensation to a sharp pain that takes one's breath away. For workers who notice any type of back pain, it's wise to report news of an injury to an employer as soon as possible.

Upon reporting a back injury, a worker should seek medical care and, if possible, obtain a formal diagnosis. Additionally, a worker would be wise to not only document information related to one's medical treatments, but also those activities that he or she believes caused or contributed to the injury.

From patients to building materials, individuals who work within healthcare and construction must often lift heavy objects. Even in cases where an individual is bending their knees and using proper lifting techniques, back injuries are hard to avoid.

For individuals who suffer strains, sprains or tears to the upper or lower back; recovery is often slow. Back injuries are also easily aggravated and reinjured which may ultimately lead to an individual being considered partially or fully disabled.

Costs related to medical bills, lost wages and disability should be covered by an employer's workers' compensation insurance. Often, however, insurance providers fail to pay a worker the maximum amount of compensation to which he or she is entitled. Injured workers, therefore, are advised to seek legal advice or an attorney who handles workers' compensation claims.

Source: OSHA.gov, "If you are hurt on the job," April 9, 2015

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