According to data from OSHA, the number of workplace injuries and illnesses has dropped from a staggering 10.9 incidents per 100 workers in the 1970s, to around 3.5 per 100 today. But despite the drop in that rate, workers still get hurt all the time. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that more than a million people suffer back injuries alone, and they account for a fifth of all workplace illnesses or injuries.

If you have a back problem that starts at work, you may want to figure out what to do next. While some might be able to take a day off to alleviate pain and recuperate, if the problem is serious, contacting a workers compensation attorney may be necessary. There are all kinds of tasks that could lead to back pain and injuries, but a Mayo Clinic article suggests that there are three factors that generally lead to back problems.

Exerting too much force, especially while lifting heavy objects, can lead to back pain and injuries that are difficult to recover from.

Some tasks, even if they are relatively easy and don’t require much force, can lead to muscle fatigue and certain injuries if they are done over and over again.

Though you might not want to walk around at home with a book balancing on your head, sitting in your chair properly can help prevent spinal issues.

A quarter of all compensation claims actually involve back injuries, and billions of dollars in compensation are spent every year to accommodate lost wages and help workers get healthy. Though some 80% of back injuries at work have to do with the lower back, any issue can be problematic and make it impossible for workers complete tasks day in and day out. So even small issues could lead to big compensation payments.

Please remember that not every injury you suffer at work, to your back or otherwise, will require workers comp. But if you have suffered a serious injury, contacting a worker’s compensation attorney may be the right plan of action.

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