Helping you to recover losses from back injuries in Winter Park
Back Injuries Can Have Lifelong Consequences
At Morgan, White- Davis & Martinez, P.A. we stand up for the rights of injured clients throughout Central Florida. After someone else’s negligence has left you injured, you may be overwhelmed with all of the issues that arise. You not only have to go through a physical recovery process, but also must deal with insurance companies and potential legal action in order to receive compensation for pain, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages you have suffered. Our Winter Park personal injury attorneys take care of all the legal aspects of your case. Serving clients throughout Central Florida, our firm is committed to aggressively recovering compensation for our clients. We have the experience and resources to handle any type of personal injury case, including accidents that cause severe back injuries.
Most workplace back injuries are due to overextension or twisting of the spine from heavy lifting, pulling, pushing, or poor posture from sitting for prolonged periods. Severe and often permanent injuries may come from falls from heights at work or even work-related car accidents. Back injuries are often painful and require extended treatment and recovery periods. Common workplace back problems include low back pain, bulging, herniated and slipped discs, fractured vertebrae, pinched nerves, and spinal cord damage. Back pain from a workplace injury can have many causes from a single act like lifting a box that is too heavy, or from gradual and persistent strain on back muscles, ligaments, and disks. Repetitive motions like lifting, pulling, pushing, loading, and siting improperly can cause your back to weaken or become strained.
What You Should Do After a Back Injury
If you are injured at your job, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. The benefits pay your medical and therapy bills, out-of- pocket expenses, and approximately two-thirds of your lost wages. Following an injury, be sure to get immediate medical treatment as you may have seriously damaged your back and the injury can be made worse by continued activity. The insurance company may use a delay in seeking medical treatment against you and may try to deny your claim, claiming the injury did not happen on the job.
The workers compensation process will begin when you first report your injury to your employer. Should you be seriously injured and hospitalized, you may not be able to complete any accident paperwork until several days after the incident or you may need a relative or caretaker to help you complete it. Details of the circumstances around your injury are very important. If you have any pre-existing conditions that affect your spine, it is important that you include this information. Make sure your doctors know your injury occurred at work and the symptoms were not acute before the work-related activity that caused your injury.
Recovering Compensation for A Back Injury
Worker’s compensation benefits will help to pay your injury-related treatment and therapy costs, a portion of your lost wages, and if you are permanently disabled by your back injury, you may be eligible for a settlement to cover future lost earnings. However, worker’s compensation may not cover your full wages, and there is no monetary recovery for pain and suffering. With worker’s compensation you do not have to prove your employer was at fault, only that you were injured on the job. In most cases, you will be blocked from filing a lawsuit against your employer. There can be some circumstances when you can bring a third-party claim against a negligent employer. There are certain conditions where it is possible to file a separate negligence lawsuit against an employer. The third-party lawsuit against your employer can mean significantly more compensation for a severe injury. This is often done when the negligence reached the level of gross negligence, or there is a wanton disregard for the worker’s safety.
Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm in Winter Park About Your Severe Back Injury
If you are severely injured or considering a third-party negligence claim against your employer, you will benefit from the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to recover the compensation you deserve for your injury. Our law office provides a free and confidential consultation with an attorney who focuses in personal injury and in worker’s compensation law. In many cases, active representation from an experienced attorney can mean the difference between benefits being reinstated or increased, or having your claim denied. At Morgan, White-Davis & Martinez P.A., we passionately represent injured persons throughout Central Florida. Contact Us 407-604-7259 at our Winter Park Office.