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Causes of Back Injuries & Prevention Techniques

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Back problems can be incredibly troublesome to cope with, as they limit your mobility and often make even the most basic tasks painful endeavors. These types of injuries can result from a variety of different accidents, including workplace injuries, car and motorcycle collisions, and slip-and-fall accidents. Depending on the severity of the injury and whether or not there was spinal damage, loss of feeling and paralysis can result.

As far as workplace injuries go, poor posture, exerting excessive force, and frequently repeating certain motions are all common culprits of back injuries. Most often occurring in relation to construction jobs, heavy lifting and moving large objects can lead to debilitating back pain, though sitting at a desk all day without moving may be equally distressing.

Back injuries are no strangers to road accident victims, either. Herniated discs and spinal cord inflammation frequently occur after car accidents, along with muscle spasms related to the force of impact. If you feel any sort of tingling in your extremities or pain in your back following a car accident, get medical help as soon as possible! There may be spinal cord damage that can worsen if not promptly treated.

What is the Best Way to Prevent Back Injuries?

Unfortunately, not much can be done to prevent a back injury from a sudden accident, though there's plenty you can do to reduce the strain on your back in the workplace. To prevent back injuries from occurring on the job, there are several steps you can take to protect and strengthen your back.

Implement the following tips to help protect your back from potential injury:

  • Use ergonomic chairs with proper back support
  • Take frequent breaks
  • Lift with your legs instead of your back
  • Use handles and lifting straps
  • Don't lift alone – get help!

If a workplace injury has led you to experience lasting back pain, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you pursue a workers' compensation claim and be awarded disability. Additionally, if you have injured your back in an accident caused by someone else's negligence, you may be able to recover monetary damages for your troubles. Contact The Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri to start moving towards receiving compensation for your injury. With over 25 years of experience and complete dedication to your cause, we'll stand by your side and help you pursue the largest settlement possible.

Contact us today to discuss the details of your case with a San Jose personal injury attorney.