If you’re reading this article there’s an 80% chance that you’ve suffered some form of back injury or back pain. Workplace-related back injuries remain one of the most common types of workplace injury. For those unfortunate people who are unlucky enough to fall victim, the ongoing implications of back injuries can go far beyond the initial symptoms.
Back injury – a common workplace occurrence
Half of all back pain is caused by an injury at work or at home.
Research shows that 50% of the causes of back pain are not injury related. This means by default that the remaining 50% are caused by an injury either at home or at work.
Back injuries remain one of the more common workplace injury complaints, with 1 in 5 serious compensation claims relating to a back injury.
The thought of 24 x 7 pain and discomfort is both frightening, and an unfortunate reality for far too many people.
It’s not just from heavy lifting
Many of us may have experienced that horrible sinking feeling when we know we have pushed ourselves too hard, lifting a heavy object or twisting or bending awkwardly. The pain can be excruciating, and the end result can mean weeks or months of rehabilitation, physiotherapy, and potentially long periods of time off work without pay.
What you may not be aware of is that other causes of back pain can be the result of sustained smaller over-stress and over-use injuries. These can be caused by repetitive tasks in a work environment, with poor ergonomics, or where workloads haven’t been allocated evenly, or appropriate rest breaks scheduled in order to reduce the risk of you getting over tired or injured.
Either way, the resulting injury and discomfort can be extremely stressful, and can have a huge negative impact on the quality of life for both you and your family.
Consequences and side effects
Lack of sleep
Suffering from a back injury often goes hand in hand with never being able to find a comfortable and pain free sleeping position. Pain killers and medication may provide temporary relief but are unlikely to get you through the night.
The long term effects of poor or interrupted sleep are well known, and can lead to one or more of the following symptoms:
- Reduced alertness
- Shortened attention span
- Slower than normal reaction time
- Poorer judgement
- Reduced decision-making skills
- Poorer memory
- Reduced concentration
- Increased likelihood of mentally ‘stalling’ or fixating on one thought
- Increased likelihood of moodiness and bad temper
- Reduced work efficiency
- Loss of motivation
- Micro sleep – brief periods of involuntary sleeping that range from a few seconds to a few minutes in duration.
Any of these symptoms can have a serious impact on your quality of life, your ability to work. You may also be putting yourself in risk of further injury or accident.
Mood swings and more serious mental stress and illness
Long periods of interrupted sleep and constant pain with out the correct support and treatment can put further stress and strain on you and your family.
In more serious cases this could lead to cases of anxiety and depression.
Getting your life back on track
If I have suffered a back injury how can I restore the balance and restore my quality of life?
If you haven’t already received medical support or treatment for your injury or your recovery is taking longer than expected it might be worth seeking the help and support of a specialist.
Splatt Lawyers have been responsible for successfully assisting many patients meet their treatment and rehabilitation costs when they need it most.
Claiming compensation under WorkCover Queensland
If your injury happened at work or on your journey to or from work it’s likely that you will be insured by WorkCover Queensland.
The WorkCover process can seem daunting especially if you are trying to manage your recovery and get your life back on track.
At Splatt Lawyers we have expert injury lawyers with particular expertise in handling workplace injury claims who can guide you through this complicated process. We offer a free initial consultation where our lawyers will assess your claim, explain your rights and what you can expect throughout the legal process.
What if you can no longer work due to your injury?
Sometimes due to bad luck, or a combination of factors outside of your control, you may end up being involved in an accident with more serious and permanent consequences. In such a case, you may be eligible to make a TPD claim through your superannuation fund and be entitled to receive a lump sum payment.
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