Can a back injury take you out of work?

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Suffering from a back injury at work can take a huge toll not only physically, mentally and emotionally, but also financially. Unfortunately, many victims find this out after already suffering from an injury.

Back injuries can also take victims out of work, but for how long? What is the extent of damage people should expect?

Taking time off work

PT & Me discusses the stages of healing for a back injury. Many back injuries can take weeks or even months to heal fully, and this also goes for the less severe injuries. Of course, the full length of the healing process depends on several factors like the severity of the injury itself, its location and the physical health of the victim.

Generally speaking, the issue comes in with the fact that most workers barely even get a handful of days off in a work year for sickness. What happens when victims need to take weeks or even months off in order to ensure a full recovery?

Rushing through and causing more problems

Simply put, many will rush themselves back to work before they are ready, which can cause predictable issues with regard to exacerbating and worsening the injury. This can further lengthen the healing process, causing workers to take even more time off.

Many workers can return to work after a while, but cannot resume the full extent of their usual duties, too. This can create pressure in their work situation and may lead to problems if they cannot keep up with the demands of their position.

Due to these potential financial losses, many victims of back injuries at work choose to seek compensation. This can help balance the monetary loss of hospital bills and lack of income.