Spinal Injury at Work in Atlanta
Spinal cord injuries are the basis for thousands of workers’ compensation claims every year. The back is particularly prone to injury in certain industries, especially those that require employees to work around heavy machinery. Fortunately, Georgia’s workers’ compensation law allows injured employees to collect compensation for medical costs and lost wages regardless of fault. However, filing a workers’ compensation claim can be time-consuming and frustrating, so if you suffered a spinal cord injury while on the job, it is critical that you retain an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can ensure that you fulfill all necessary filing requirements.
Spinal Cord Basics
The spinal cord is made up of a thin bundle of nerves extending from the brainstem, down through the spinal canal, and to the base of the vertebrae, and it allows the brain to send commands to the muscles, lungs, and bowels. The spinal cord is protected by bones in the neck, chest, and back that are known as vertebrae. When these vertebrae are fractured or dislocated as the result of a sudden blow, pieces of the bone can tear into the cord or press down on the nerves. These injuries, in turn, can disrupt the signals sent by the brain to the rest of the body. Vertebral damage also can lead to swelling, fluid buildup, and bleeding, which can cause paralysis and numbness.
Spinal cord injuries can occur in a variety of workplace incidents but are especially likely to occur as a result of the following types of accidents:
- •Being struck by a falling object
- •Car accidents
- •Workplace assaults
- •Being caught or compressed in machinery or equipment
For these reasons, certain employees are more at risk of suffering from a spinal cord injury than others. These especially at-risk employees include construction workers, truck drivers, warehouse employees, and agricultural workers.
Workers’ Compensation Coverage
People who suffer from spinal cord injuries may have a number of symptoms, including:
- •Weakness in the limbs
- •Loss of muscle function and sensation
- •Chronic pain
- •Loss of bladder and bowel control
- •Speech loss
- •Difficulty breathing
Although steroids have proved successful in reducing inflammation and swelling in the spinal cord, many injuries can be repaired only through surgery, which poses its own risks, such as infection and blood clots. These types of treatments can be prohibitively expensive, making it especially important for employees who were injured on the job to seek compensation through the workers’ compensation program, which will cover the following costs:
- •Past and future medical costs
- •Rehabilitation benefits
- •Income benefits
- •Reimbursement for personal expenses incurred to obtain medical treatment
The length of time that an injured worker is able to collect compensation will depend on the severity of the injury, its permanence, and its effect on the employee’s ability to work.
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