What are the possible consequences of a back injury?
It is not surprising that work-related back injuries are a very common occurrence, especially for those with a manual job such as warehouse pickers, factory workers or construction workers.
Possible consequences of a back injury include:
- Suffering from Chronic Pain
- Partial Paralysis
- Full Paralysis
- Difficulty with Lifting, Walking and other Everyday Tasks
What should I do if I injure my back at work?
It is important to seek immediate medical attention when a person injures their back. Medics recommended that you wait until an ambulance arrives before moving or attempting to examine a back injury. The reason behind this is to prevent further damage to the spinal cord. If you have suffered a back injury speaking with a solicitor may help you determine whether you can pursue legal action.
Common Back Injuries
A slipped disc injury occurs in the lower back and happens due to excessive bending and lifting. The initial pain is likely to be sudden and severe. In some circumstances, this can worsen by general actions such as sitting and coughing.
Sacro Iliac Joint Dysfunction
This injury relates to severe pain at the back of the pelvis, the lower back can also suffer. Aching at the base of the spine and locking of the joints are common symptoms.
Spondylolysis is a stress fracture of the lower back. This is caused due to repeated arching and twisting of the back.
Facet syndrome can occur by a person’s quick sudden movements which result in severe joint pain. Symptoms may include pain, stiffness and locking of the joints.
What are the Causes of Back Injuries?
Top causes of a back injury can include:
- Trips, slips and falls in a workplace or a public place are due to dangerous hazards
- The manual handling of various objects in the workplace
- Improper equipment provided which is used to lift a heavy object
- Working long periods of physical labour without being provided with appropriate breaks
- Not being qualified with a manual handling course
- Injury sustained in a car or other road traffic accidents
- Inadequate practice or procedures such as acupuncture
- Partaking in Dangerous practices and procedures at work
An employer has a responsibility to abide by the Health and Safety at Work Act 2005. If you think you have suffered a back injury due to the negligence of your employer it is recommended to talk to a solicitor.