How Much Compensation for a Back Injury at Work?
Workplace back injuries can be devastating. In many cases, they result in a person being disabled for the short- or long-term. Many people wonder how much compensation they can receive after a workplace back injury. While most work injuries are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, you may wonder if that will be enough coverage. At Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, we are here to help ensure you are treated fairly at all times. Our Charlotte workers compensation attorneys are ready to step in on your behalf.
How common are back injuries at work?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were nearly three million workplace injuries or illnesses during the latest reporting year in the US. When we take a closer look at the numbers from a recent full reporting year, we can see that there were over 200,000 back injuries that led to days away from work for workers.
Is compensation available?
Nearly all workplace injuries are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, the amount a person will receive can be hard to calculate and depends on a number of variables. This can include:
- The severity of the injury
- How much work a person will miss
- The cost of future care and therapy
- And more
What kind of economic costs are associated with a back injury?
For severe back injuries, surgery may be required. This can cost several thousands of dollars. Even relatively minor back injuries will require evaluations and tests such as X-rays or MRIs. Physical therapy may be prescribed for severe or moderate back injuries and can cost hundreds of dollars per session.
Loss of income in a workers’ compensation claim will involve analyzing a person’s salary and the amount of time a person will miss. It can also include loss of future earnings, which is calculated using a complex formula that includes projected earnings and the impact of the back injury on your ability to perform the job.
What about non-economic costs?
There are also damages that are harder to place a monetary value on. This can include:
- Pain and suffering damages
- Emotional distress damages
- Loss of consortium damages
In some cases, particularly if your employer was grossly negligent or if the injury was caused by a third party, you could be entitled to punitive damages.
We can help you when you have been injured
If you or a loved one have sustained a back injury at work and are struggling to get the compensation you deserve, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The knowledgeable and experienced team at Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC is ready to get to work securing the compensation you deserve. This can include:
- Coverage of all medical bills related to the incident
- Your rightful compensation if you cannot work
- Loss of future earnings and earning potential
If your employer was negligent or your injuries were the result of a third-party, you may also be entitled to punitive damages as well.