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How Can You Avoid a Back Injury at Work?

Back injuries can come on suddenly or happen slowly over time. They are also a top reason for Workers’ Compensation claims. Many back injuries are preventable, so what can you do to avoid one at work?

Understanding how to lift heavy objects properly is crucial. Instead of bending with your back, get up close to the object, bend your knees, and tighten up your stomach. Your leg muscles should support your body as you stand up, keeping the object close to your chest and trunk. Keep a slight curve in your back, and do not twist your shoulders, neck, or waist. When an object is too heavy or cumbersome to lift, get someone to help you.

It is easy to fall into the habit of hunching forward at a desk, and this too can be detrimental for the back. Do not slouch, and try to keep your weight balanced evenly on both feet. Use a chair with lower back support at the right height to keep both feet on the ground. The thighs should be parallel to the floor, and the arms should be bend at the elbows with enough room for the hands to comfortably reach the keyboard.

Repetitive tasks like walking a lot, driving a truck, and bending down to be at eye level with a group of preschoolers can also lead to back injuries. Remember to check your posture and to take frequent breaks. Stretch often, and listen to your body. If it starts feeling mild, moderate, or major pain, you will want to address the problem as soon as possible.

What Are the Main Causes of Workplace Back Injuries?

The three main causes of back problems are force, repetition, and inactivity. Exerting excessive force on the back (moving and lifting heavy objects) can lead to immediate pain, but it can also grow in severity over time. Repetitive movements like rotating and twisting the spine over and over again can also cause injuries. Inactivity can make back problems develop in people who sit all day, especially if they have inadequate back support and/or bad posture.

Being in poor health can also contribute to back problems and lengthen injury recovery time. Maintaining a healthy weight minimizes back stress and can be achieved with a healthier diet and regular exercise. Stretching is also important, especially as you get older.

Delaware County Work Injury Lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Can Help With Your Claim

Our Delaware County work injury lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello can help you with your workplace back injury case. For a free consultation, complete our online form or call us at (610) 892-4940. Located in Media, Pennsylvania, we serve clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester.

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From our office located in Media, PA we serve the surrounding areas of

  • Bucks County
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Why Clients Choose Deborah

Heather A
I have known Deb for years now and it all started in 2009 when I got hurt and needed legal help with my workers comp. I randomly chose Deb because of the things I read on her website and I liked that she had a take charge attitude about just about everything. She out-lawyered someone and got me more in a settlement for that and then also worked with me on another case and won that one as well for me. If you get to know Deb and her personal story, you will get to know an amazing single mom who has had her own struggles and has come out so much stronger. She will fight for you if you do your part as a client and follow her guidance. I have now used two women lawyers in Media and three men and I actually found the two women far more effective and both won my cases that the men lost. Without Deb and my other lawyer winning the cases for me that they did - I could have found myself disabled for good with no money to pay for the life I live because I can’t work now. I credit my ability to be able to eat and have transportation and all. I couldn’t be more grateful for their hard work they did for me. Deb has won two of my cases and I would absolutely refer others to her for the same kinds of cases and I would use her again if I ever needed her help again!
Daveen Carpenter
Deborah's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly. I am forever grateful
Rebecca Porter
If you ever need a worker’s compensation attorney, I highly suggest using Deborah Truscello. I had a work accident injury and was referred to Deborah. She was with me every step of the way, with this long-drawn-out process. She was there any time I had questions or needed advice on my rehabilitation. Now my case is settled. I am very happy how things turned out and I owe it all to her. I can't thank her enough. I will use her again if I ever need too.
Jackson Jones
Deborah is an excellent lawyer. She was professional, knowledgeable, and made me and my case feel important. She was always accessible and answered all of my questions. I would definitely recommend Debbie to anyone injured at work and in need of legal services.
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