Not many things are as fulfilling as having a job to look forward to every morning. But every workplace comes with its share of hazards. From faulty equipment to unsafe conditions and lack of proper gear, workplace hazards can lead to serious injuries. And one of the most devastating injuries you can sustain at work is an injury to the spine.
Fortunately, California workers’ compensation laws allow you to recover damages if you sustain spinal cord injuries while at work or while performing employer-sanctioned tasks.
But, how do spinal cord injuries happen at work? Spinal cord injuries can happen at work under a variety of circumstances. Here are some of these:
1. Trips and falls
A simple trip can easily lead to a life-altering injury to the spine. Even a slip-and-fall can result in an injury to the spine, especially if you land on a hard surface or a sharp object.
Falling from elevated points like roofs can also lead to serious injuries to the spine. The severity of the injury largely depends on the nature of the impact as well as the existence of a pre-existing back condition.
Trips and falls at work are generally caused by:
- Loose carpets
- Faulty ladders and scaffolds
- Wet floor
2. Auto accidents
Vehicular accidents are another leading cause of work-related spinal cord injuries, especially among workers who drive for a living. The sudden pressure during the impact can be so devastating that it can sometimes twist or bend the spine leading to damage to the nerves and muscles along the back.
Spinal cord injuries can be life-altering. Depending on the severity, spinal cord injuries can lead to paralysis. Find out how you can protect your rights while seeking workers’ compensation following a work-related injury to your spine.