Neck and Back Injuries
Representing the legal rights of people who have sustained back and neck injuries at the workplace in South Carolina
Many professions and occupations expose workers to a risk of sustaining a serious back or neck injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were in excess of 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by employers during 2013. Nonfatal injuries can range from mild to severe, and when they occur at work, employees are often legally entitled to benefits under South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation laws.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a complicated process. While certain employers are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and report workplace injuries, disputes often arise which may require an injured employee to file a claim directly with the South Carolina Workers’ Commission. The best way for injured employees to ensure that they receive the benefits to which they are legally entitled is to retain an experienced South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney as soon as an injury occurs.
Workplace neck and back injuries can be serious
Workplace neck and back injuries can occur for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to, over-exertion, repetitive trauma, or accidents involving defective equipment or vehicles. The types of injuries that occur may include the following:
- Spinal cord injuries – Spinal cord injuries, or SCIs, are extremely serious injuries that involve damage to the spinal cord either directly or as a result of trauma to the spinal column. In some cases, these injuries can result in complete paralysis below the location of the injury.
- Disk injuries – The spinal column consists of vertebrae that are separated by round, flat disks that absorb pressure and allow spinal flexibility. Discs can herniate, slip out of place, or rupture in response to physical trauma. When this occurs, it can be extremely painful and require surgery.
Contact a Charleston workers’ compensation attorney today to discuss your neck or back injury
Individuals who have sustained workplace injuries are often entitled to benefits. For more than 30 years, South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer Walter Hundley has represented the legal rights of individuals injured at work. To schedule a free consultation with Mr. Hundley, please call our office today at 843-723-1995 or 866-723-1995. Prospective clients can also send us an email through our online contact form available here.
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