Common Back Injuries in Workers’ Compensation

The back contains various structures such as bones, muscles and supporting tissues. The spine or vertebral column is the most important part of our body.  Any injury can seriously affect your normal functioning.  Some commonly occurring back injuries are strains, fractures, disc slip / herniations, tears, and bulging discs.  These are all common in what is sometimes still referred to as workmans comp attorney practice.  You can refer to the work comp lawyers as work comp attorneys, workers comp attorneys, workmans comp attorneys, or workmen’s comp lawyers.  It makes no difference to Gearhart Law Group, we are here to represent your rights as an injured worker.

Common Back Injuries

Disc Bulge

Disk Bulge is the protrusion of intervertebral disc. The disc has two main parts. The outer part is a tough fibrous structure called Annulus, and the inner part is a soft gel-like Nucleus Pulposus. Bulging occurs when the whole disc is protruded outside without any tear or injury to the disc itself. This bulge can pinch the surrounding nerves, leading to sensation of pain.

Annular Tear

The damage to the outer fibrous structure of the intervertebral disc can cause a tear, which is called Annular tear. This mostly occurs in the lumbar region (lower back) and can lead to disc herniation causing intense pain in the lower back. Annular tear is caused by strain due to any sudden impact or injury commonly in elderly people. In old age the tissues start to degenerate, and tears can occur, even with a movement. Initial symptoms are a pain in the leg and in a severe case of injury pain in the back. Pain may increase with activities that exert pressure such as bending and coughing etc.

Disc Herniation

Disc herniation is different from disc bulge, as it involves protrusion of Nucleus Pulposus as a result of the injury. It is a consequence of annulus tear, causing pain in the neighboring nerves due to compression. The range of symptoms may vary from numbness or weakness in limbs to extreme pain in limbs and lower back. The patient may experience an inability to lift objects or moving and bending of arm and legs is limited.
All back injuries are corrected by treatment via medication, lifestyle modification, and surgery. The aim of the treatment is to reduce pain associated with movement and restore the patient’s quality of life.

Workers’ Compensation Back Injury Attorney

Beth Gearhart brings two decades of experience to workers’ compensation.  She has practiced on both sides and brings the expertise required to maximize your settlement.  Contact Beth at (404) 445-8370 to learn your options as an injured worker and have someone who cares fight for your injured worker rights.

Sources
https://www.spineuniverse.com/conditions/herniated-disc/anatomy-herniated-disc
https://www.spine-health.com/forum/discussion/7734/treatment/alternative-treatments/defintion-bulging-vs-herniated-spinal-disc
https://medlineplus.gov/backinjuries.html
https://www.spinemd.com/symptoms-conditions/annular-tear

Beth Gearhart is a workers' compensation attorney representing injured workers in Georgia. Gearhart Law Group is a law firm focused entirely on workers' compensation based in Atlanta, GA. Beth Gearhart is a work comp lawyer who represents her clients' needs, and she is often considered one of Georgia's best workers' compensation lawyers. Beth is unique in Georgia work comp because she represented insurance companies for over a decade to learn their practices before switching sides to help fight for the rights of injured workers. Beth is also different because she listens to her clients and truly cares about their cases. If you need a Georgia work comp lawyer, contact Beth Gearhart at Gearhart Law Group.