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More than one millions workers develop back injuries each year. What to do if you are one of them.

Whether you’re a construction worker for Key Construction or on your feet all day at Cessna, you know that it doesn’t take much to get a twinge in your back. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each year more than one million workers develop back injuries. This can occur from heavy lifting, slipping and falling, pinched or irritated nerves, muscles spasms and more.

Who is most at risk for a back injury?

Because construction workers often are required to lift and move heavy objects in unnatural positions, they are easily prone to experiencing back pain. Landscapers are also at risk since they lift many heavy objects while also using twisting, turning and bending motions. Even the members of the Wichita Police Department can suffer back injuries from prolonged sitting while in their patrol cars. The list goes on to include firemen and emergency medical technicians that must carry people, lift heavy objects or use fire hoses and axes.

I think I may have developed a back injury, what are the symptoms?

Although back injury symptoms have an extensive range from minor back injuries, to severe, symptoms include:

  • Back stiffness

  • Back tenderness

  • Pain that shoots down the leg

  • Leg numbness

  • Leg weakness

  • Red or pink urine

  • Decreased urination

  • Stool incontinence

  • Fainting

  • Pain that worsens with movement

  • Pain that improves with rest

Back injuries are serious and can even result in loss of mobility. If you have experienced a back injury on the job, you may have to take time off work, resulting in lost wages, high medical bills and more. It’s important that you file for workers compensation immediately. Some employers may be reluctant to pay for your injury, but it is your right to receive reparation for your injuries on the job.

Back injuries are also a common occurrence in automobile collisions.

If you have had a Kansas work place injury that was not your fault and need medical treatment, you need an experienced professional who can help you get back on the road to recovery. Call us today at 316-269-1414 or visit our contact page here. Our Kansas personal injury attorneys will provide you a free initial consultation and if we take your case you don’t pay a dime unless we recover money for you. Even then we only take a percentage of the total amount of your recovery.

If you have questions on what you should be looking for when you are making a decision to hire a Kansas personal injury lawyer, read our article located here.

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