What Should I Do After I Hurt My Back at Work?

Anyone’s back can ache every now and then, but work-related back injuries can be much more serious. These kinds of workplace injuries are quite common. Back injuries are a leading cause of work limitations and time lost from work and can involve overwhelming medical expenses and loss of pay.

If you hurt your back while at work, you might be unable to move right away. Getting up could worsen the injury, so remaining still may be the best course of action. If you are alone, you may be able to call for help. Otherwise, call out and hopefully someone will arrive quickly. It may be necessary to call 911 in serious cases. Even if you think the injuries are not that serious, you should get a medical evaluation as soon as possible. If it is not an immediate emergency, you may want to go to an urgent care center instead.

Before leaving the property, you should report the incident to your supervisor. They will need to document what happened. This is needed to start a Workers’ Compensation claim.

After your injury is reported and you file out the form, it is submitted to the insurance provider. Your employer will likely give you a list of physicians that are approved for your treatment. The diagnosis will establish if you can return to your original job, if you can perform all of your usual responsibilities, or if you are disabled and unable to return to work temporarily or permanently.

Be sure to document all of the treatment you have received, as well as the medical expenses incurred. It is also a good idea to write down what happened as soon as you can after the accident since details can get foggy over time.

How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?

Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault insurance system for employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. Most employers are required to carry this insurance, but there are some exemptions, such as for very small companies, farm laborers, and others; these vary by state.

When employees suffer back injuries at work, covered employers use their Workers’ Compensation insurance to pay for the employees’ recoveries. In exchange, they are free from being held liable for most workplace accidents.

As far as benefits, those normally provide for urgent care and emergency department visits, surgeries, follow-up appointments, and diagnostic tests. Necessary rehabilitation may also be included in the coverage.

West Chester Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello Can Help You if a Workplace Accident Caused Your Back Injury

A serious back injury can put you out of commission for weeks, months, or even years. If your company’s Workers’ Compensation has not provided you with the benefits you need to recover from a work-related back injury, you should seek legal advice. Speak to a West Chester Workers’ Compensation lawyer at the Law Office of Deborah M. Truscello today. For a free consultation, call us at (610) 892-4940 or contact us online. We are located in Media, Pennsylvania, and we serve clients in Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lancaster, Montgomery County, Norristown, Philadelphia, Reading, and West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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Why Clients Choose Deborah

Heather A
2023-03-01
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
2019-10-08
Deborah's team went above and beyond to get my case settled quickly. I am forever grateful
Rebecca Porter
2019-09-24
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
2019-09-01
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.
K M
2019-05-18
I am a client of Deborah Truscello and also a woman of color. Deborah Truscello is not a bigot nor is she a racist. I hired Ms. Truscello back in 2016 for a very nasty custody case against a crazy man who has a history of dragging all his children through the court system. Ms. Truscello has been nothing but professional and well organized. She is very reliable and always available. I could contact her any time of the day or night and she is always responsive to my text messages, calls, and emails. If you are considering hiring her as your attorney I highly recommend you schedule a consultation and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.
Andrew Kriegh
2018-08-17
Amazing law firm, they have helped me so much and enlightened me to the options I have, and to the right doctors who are still treating my issues... Very professional and very great people glad to have her in my team!!
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