Many workers compensation claims are filed due to aggravated, ongoing back pain. Specifically, the lower back is one of the primary areas that cause many workers to file for disability and/or workers comp benefits. According to the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, nearly every person has lower back pain at some point that interferes with work, daily activities or recreation.
The NIH/NINDS reports that Americans spend about $50 billion each year on lower back pain remedies and treatment, and cite it as the most common cause of job-related disability and the leading contributor of missed work. Only headaches are a more common type of pain that people experience regularly.
While most pain in the lower back goes away with minor treatment or with time, some people suffer from chronic back pain and must apply for short-term or long-term disability or workers comp as a result. “Acute” back pain generally lasts from a few days to several weeks at the most. “Chronic” back pain is ongoing, lasting for 3 months or more.
Symptoms of acute and chronic back pain are usually the same, just varying in intensity: stabbing or sharp pain, limited flexibility/motion, inability to stand straight and jolts of pain or numbness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a work injury, call a personal injury attorney right away. Don’t accept an offer for workers comp payments until you know all your rights.