According to data published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), an estimated one million workers suffer back injuries on the job each year. Back issues account for 20% of all illnesses or injuries workers suffer annually.
Individuals employed in some industries are more apt to suffer back injuries than others.
Workers most vulnerable to hurting their backs on the job
Medical professionals are perhaps most at risk of suffering a spine injury at work. Dentists or surgeons might experience neck or back problems after spending extensive time unnaturally posturing over patients. Nursing home workers and nurses risk suffering back injuries when shifting, lifting or moving patients. At least 80% of these caregivers suffer back injuries when performing such activities.
Construction workers’ back injury risks are consistent with that of medical professionals. They often spend significant time standing on ladders or scaffolds, thus leaving them vulnerable to falling, resulting in a spinal cord injury.
Individuals who regularly perform construction, warehouse or gardening work must often stoop down, turn, engage in heavy lifting and walk on unlevel surfaces. All of these workers may suffer damage to their backs because of this.
You have rights if your job left you injured
There are countless workers that must use their necks or backs unconventionally or repetitively to the point that they expose themselves to an increased risk of getting hurt on the job. While many of these injuries may dissipate with treatment and time, some may not.
Rhode Island workers’ compensation laws help workers cover medical care and other injury or illness-related expenses. An attorney can aid you in determining your eligibility for these benefits.