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Do Not Bear The Burden Of Your Back Injury Alone

If you suffer a back injury at work, you might think that the injury was minor and you will recover quickly. Unfortunately, back injuries can worsen over time. It may get to the point where you are unable to work for a week or a month. Then, when you report the injury, your employer may deny that your back injury is work-related.

At Shollenberger Januzzi & Wolfe, LLP, our lawyers represent workers who suffer back strains and other types of injuries. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. With offices in Harrisburg and Enola, we represent injured workers throughout central Pennsylvania.

Workers’ Compensation For Back Injuries

Many different types of workers experience back injuries. Nurses often suffer back strains from living or supporting patients. Factory or warehouse workers can suffer these injuries from lifting or carrying heavy objects. Injuries can occur over time or result from a single event.

It’s important to report any type of work injury to your employer as soon as possible. It’s also good to contact a lawyer. You can talk to an attorney at our law firm free of charge without any obligation.

Some types of back injuries respond well to rest and treatment. Unfortunately, some back conditions become chronic and can make it hard to return to your job. Our goal as your attorneys is to help you obtain all of the benefits and services you need to recover as fully as possible.

If your back injury claim is denied, our lawyers will represent you in the workers’ compensation appeals process.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation And Back Injuries

We will answer any questions and concerns our clients have about their workplace back injury. Because back injuries are one of the most common kinds of medical conditions that workers suffer from, we have answered many similar questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about workers’ compensation and back injuries:

Are preexisting back conditions eligible for workers’ compensation?

Many injured employees receive successful workers’ compensation claims when they have suffered from an injury or medical condition during their employment. You may have a preexisting back injury or medical condition that was aggravated or exacerbated by your work activities or environment, and those still qualify for workers’ compensation.

How are medical expenses from a work-related back injury paid for in Pennsylvania?

A back injury can lead to large medical expenses for treatment, surgery, medication and physical therapy. Your employer or their insurance company is responsible for any medical expenses you may have because of a work-related back injury.

If I cannot work because of a back injury, how are lost wages calculated?

You may be eligible for weekly checks from workers’ compensation to cover lost wages if your back injury prevents you from working. Lost wages are calculated to be two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to a maximum statewide average weekly wage. In 2024, that maximum is $1,325.00 per week.

What can I do if a workers’ compensation claim is denied?

There is always the possibility of having a workers’ compensation claim be denied. That can happen for many reasons, such as incorrect information, missing medical documents, bad faith or failing to meet the statute of limitations. With our help, you can appeal a workers’ compensation denial.

How long does workers’ compensation last for a back injury?

It all depends upon your situation. If you have a partial disability that leaves you less than 35% impaired, you could receive workers’ compensation benefits for up to 500 weeks (roughly 9.5 years). If you are more impaired and have a total disability, it is possible to receive benefits for the remainder of your life.

Contact Our Workplace Accident Lawyers

For dependable advice about your legal options after an injury, call our proven workers’ compensation attorneys at 717-229-6580 for a free consultation.