Back injuries affect millions of people in the United States every year. These injuries include herniated discs, muscle strains, fractured vertebrae, and sprains and can occur in a variety of settings, including the workplace. Fortunately for people who have sustained back injuries, there is a chance that they will be able to recover compensation for their injuries.
Back injuries can cause significant pain and limited movement, causing a whole host of other issues. Some of the problems that can accompany a back injury include the following:
- Missed work
- Sleep disturbances
- Lack of exercise
- Being unable to engage in certain activities
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks like dressing or bathing
- Pain and suffering
Workplace Back Injuries May Entitle Victims to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If your back injury is a result of a workplace accident or is a result of the nature of your work, there is a good chance that you will be entitled to benefits through Connecticut’s workers’ compensation program. This program provides injured workers with benefits for their lost income and medical expenses on a no-fault basis, meaning that it does not matter if you or someone else caused your injury. However, if the injury was a result of someone elses fault (a “third party”) you may also be able to file a personal injury claim against that person the same as discussed below.
Back Injuries Sustained in Non-Work-Related Accidents May Result in a Personal Injury Claim
If you sustained your back injury in an accident unrelated to work, you may be able to recover compensation by filing a personal injury claim against the person or party that caused your accident. Some of the types of accidents that often result in serious back injuries include the following:
- Car accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Slip and falls
- Motorcycle accidents
Unlike injured workers seeking workers’ compensation benefits, accident victims need to be able to establish that their accident was the result of negligence in order to recover compensation.
Call a Hartford, CT Personal Injury Attorney Lawyer Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you have sustained a back injury in an accident or as a result of your work, you should discuss your options with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Our personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys serve clients in Hartford and the communities of Vernon, Enfield and Middletown. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Leighton, Katz & Drapeau today at 860-875-7000 or contact us online.