Back and spinal injuries from workplace accidents often require long-term medical attention, rehabilitation and significant lifestyle changes. At the Washington, D.C. law firm of May Lightfoot, PLLC, our seasoned workers’ compensation attorneys help injured workers recover money needed to pay for medical expenses and to make up for lost wages. We represent D.C. area and Maryland clients who have suffered on-the-job falls, traumatic impacts, collisions and other accidents. We prepare and prosecute each claim with thorough attention to detail, persistent advocacy and an individualized approach.
Reputable law firm advises clients after workplace spinal and back injuries
Routine work or unexpected accidents can result in compression or severing of the spinal nerves, tears or stretches in ligaments, trauma to muscles or damage to vertebrae. Common causes of back and spinal injuries at work include:
- Falls — An impact from a fall can injure any point along your spine, from neck to tailbone. Nerve damage, fractures and extensive bruising may occur.
- Struck by object — Being struck by machinery, vehicles or falling objects may cause major trauma to the back and spine.
- Lifting, lowering and twisting — Transporting or carrying a heavy object may result in a back strain or sprain that can be extremely painful and uncomfortable.
- Standing — A job that keeps you on your feet all day may take a toll on the facet joints of your spine, causing soreness, stiffness or lower back pain.
- Sitting — Sitting for long periods of time can cause compression in vertebral discs, resulting in neck and back pain.
Among the common types of spinal and back injuries suffered on the job are:
- Herniated discs
- Spinal fractures
- Annular tears in the neck, middle back or lower back
- Anterior cord syndrome (also known as Beck’s syndrome)
- Brown-Sequard syndrome
- Central cord syndrome
- Chronic lower back pain
- Partial loss of movement
- Paralysis (paraplegia, triplegia or quadriplegia)
The location and severity of a spinal injury determines how it limits a person’s mobility. A spinal injury may occur in the cervical (top of the spine), thoracic (middle of the spine), lumbar (lower spine), sacral (base of the spine) or coccyx (tailbone).
When an injury impedes your ability to work, our firm’s attorneys can help you claim the benefits you need during your recovery. We are well versed in the workers’ compensation laws, processes and hurdles of Washington D.C. and Maryland.
Caring lawyers guide clients through steps after a workplace spinal injury
In the immediate aftermath of a workplace spinal injury, you can take certain actions aimed at strengthening your claim for workers’ compensation. These include:
- Notifying a supervisor and seeking any necessary first-aid treatment as soon as possible.
- Obtaining a professional medical evaluation promptly and documenting all treatment you receive for your injury.
- Collecting detailed evidence of the accident, including witness accounts.
- Documenting how the injury has changed your life, including new challenges you face.
A claim for workers’ compensation benefits must be filed with the D.C. or state authorities within statutory time limits. If your injury occurred during work but resulted from the negligent actions of third parties, it may be possible to file a personal injury lawsuit for expenses not covered by workers’ compensation.
Our team of committed attorneys will evaluate your eligibility for workers’ compensation and other sources of financial recovery if available.
Contact trusted Washington, D.C. spinal and back injury attorneys for a free consultation
The workers’ compensation attorneys of May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C. seek compensation for D.C. area and Maryland clients who have suffered on-the-job spinal injuries. To schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable lawyer, call (202) 919-6463 or contact us online.