Neck and back injuries are the most common kinds of workplace injury. In fact, back injuries are the number one workplace injury. They account for one of every five workplace injuries, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Neck and back injuries in the workplace may leave workers unable to perform jobs, require missed days from work or require a worker to be re-assigned.
If you are suffering from work-related neck and back injuries, talk to a workplace injury attorney at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., about the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to receive, including lost wages, medical treatment expenses and vocational rehabilitation costs.
For a free case evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online or call us toll free at (800) 367-0871. The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., have almost 30 years of experience fighting for the rights of individuals injured in the course of their employment.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., help injured workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
What Jobs are Associated with Workplace Back and Neck Injuries?
Back and neck injuries occur in many different types of jobs. Workplace injuries to the back and neck can be caused by overexertion or repetitive motion. Many workers don’t realize that if they suffer a back or neck injury gradually from repetitive work-related activity, such as lifting heavy loads, that is an injury that qualifies for workers’ compensation. The risk of a back or neck workplace injury caused by lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling a load increases as a worker ages.
Construction work traditionally has had the highest workplace injury rate of any Massachusetts industry. Back injuries represent a significant portion of construction workplace injuries. The construction industry includes laborers, carpenters, masons, roofers, electricians, welders, plumbers and pipe fitters. In 2008, back injuries accounted for one fourth of all workplace injuries in the construction industry requiring days away from work. Manufacturing industry workers including production workers, assemblers, metal workers, plastic workers and material handlers, also recorded high rates of back injuries. One fifth of the injuries reported by Massachusetts manufacturing workers that required missed work days involved back injuries.
Workers in the physically demanding mining and natural resources sector, which includes agricultural workers, logging, commercial fishing, miners, quarry workers, dairy farmers and forestry workers, also record significant numbers of back and neck workplace injuries. About one out of seven injuries by these workers is an on-the-job back injury. Fork lift drivers also have high rates of neck injuries from the extreme head rotation required to operate a fork lift.
Keep in mind that a workplace neck or back injury can be caused by a single incident or by performing the same task repeatedly over a period of years. Both types of injury entitle an employee to workers’ compensation benefits.
What Workers’ Compensation Disability Benefits Are Available?
If you suffered a back or neck injury, you may be unable to work for an extended period. You may be eligible for temporary total disability, partial disability, or permanent and total disability benefits. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney can review your neck or back injury and advise you about which benefits you may collect. Employee workers’ compensation benefits are determined by several factors, including your average weekly wage and your degree of incapacity from a workplace injury.
Why You Need Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
The Massachusetts workers’ compensation system is designed to ensure that employers have insurance to help employees who are injured or disabled on the job. All employees have legal rights to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries. Unfortunately, it’s often more complicated than it should be for workers to obtain their workers’ compensation benefits after a work-related injury.
The experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., based in Boston, Massachusetts, are here to help. Our law firm focuses on workers’ compensation cases. We can advise you on the best strategy for obtaining workers’ compensation benefits after a serious workplace injury.
Remember that if you hire a workers’ compensation attorney because you have been denied benefits, Massachusetts workers’ compensation law states that that the workers’ compensation insurer will pay the majority of your attorneys’ fees.
While many Massachusetts lawyers practice in a number of different areas of the law, the workplace injury lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., concentrate exclusively in the area of workers compensation. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys have almost 30 years of experience in all types of workplace injury cases — and we can help you.
We believe in a hands-on approach, providing individual attention to each and every client. We do not pass off cases to other Massachusetts law firms or to junior associates. A client will have the same attorney handling his or her claim from start to conclusion.
Our workplace accident attorneys believe strongly that all clients should be well educated with respect to the laws and should be active participants in all facets of their workers’ compensation claim. We are ready to answer workplace injury questions from workers across Massachusetts, including but not limited to Boston, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Plymouth or Merrimack River. We also represent Rhode Island and New Hampshire residents whose injuries occurred in Massachusetts or who were hired in Massachusetts but who were injured out of state.
Contact Our Workplace Injury Attorneys Today
For a free, no-obligation evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim, please contact us online. The workers’ compensation lawyers at Kantrovitz & Associates are here to help victims of workplace injuries. You may also call us toll free at (800) 367-0871.