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Worker's Comp Settlements for Back Injuries in Kansas City

Understanding the Scope and Consequences of Injuries to the Back

Your back is an intricate structure of bones, muscle and tissue, including the tissue within the spinal column, which extends from the base of the skull to the pelvis. Protected within the bones of the spine are the spinal cord, nerves and blood vessels. Back injuries, including neck injuries, are most severe when spinal cord tissue is bruised, torn or crushed. A person could actually "break his back or neck" and yet not sustain a spinal cord injury, if only the bones or vertebrae around the spinal cord are fractured.

Minor to severe back injuries include:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Slipped or ruptured disks (soft tissue that act as cushions between the vertebra)
  • Sciatica
  • Fractured vertebrae
  • Injuries to the cervical vertebrae (neck injuries)
  • Spinal cord injuries

An occupational injury to the back could involve a fractured vertebrae or spinal cord damage, resulting in prolonged or permanent inability to continue working or performing the same job functions. When your employer and his insurance carrier push you to ignore back pain and injury, it is time to seek the advice of a Kansas City workers' compensation attorney whose goal is to secure the maximum workers' compensation benefits to which you are entitled under law.

Workplace Injury Attorney in Kansas City

Neck and back injuries are particularly common, when you have been rear-ended in an auto accident or lost your footing resulting in a slip and fall accident. These strains or sprains may take weeks or even months to heal while frequently resulting in permanent pain, decreased mobility and limitations on work and daily activities.

The most common of construction accidents, falls from height, such as scaffolding, can result in severe back trauma and is the industry's leading cause of fatal injury. Even electrical accidents result in back injury when an electric current is strong enough to throw the victim away from the power source.

After a debilitating, life-altering back injury, the last thing you want to handle is delay and trouble with workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, these delays are built into the system. The associated frustration, along with the disinterest and outright greed of most large insurance companies, may force you to accept a low settlement offer for your claim.

Do not let this happen to you. Contact a Kansas City workers' compensation attorney today for the full benefits you deserve.