Work-Related Back Injuries And Workers' Compensation

Work-related back injuries are often misclassified by workers' compensation doctors. As a result, many workers with severe back conditions may be denied the medical treatment and wage loss benefits they need.

If your spinal cord, neck or back injury claim has been denied by your employer, contact the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, for a free case evaluation. We represent workers who suffer back and neck injuries from workplace accidents or from work activities such as lifting. Founding attorney Katherine L. Niven served as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation and was a Pennsylvania workers' compensation judge.

When Is A Back Injury Covered By Workers' Compensation?

Backs can be injured in one of two ways: from a single event such as slipping and falling, or from repeated stress over time. As long as the injury is work-related, it is covered by workers' compensation. Even if you had a pre-existing back condition, it is still covered by workers' compensation if your condition got worse as a result of your on-the-job activities.

If you suffer a back injury in an accident at work, it's important to report the injury as soon as possible. If the injury arises from repeated stress over time, you should report it as soon as it affects your ability to do your job.

In some cases, workers' compensation doctors misclassify back injuries as less serious injuries. For example, the doctor may say that your injury is a strain, which means you should be released to work after a brief recuperation. In reality, you may have a serious injury such as a herniated disk. Sometimes it takes a lawyer's help to obtain the treatment and benefits you need.

For More Information About Back Injuries And Workers' Compensation

Contact Katherine L. Niven & Associates, P.C. to discuss your workers' compensation claim for a back or neck injury. Initial consultations are always free. You can reach us by phone at 717-260-3580 or toll free at 866-321-5340.