Back or Spinal Injury
If you have been injured at work and sustained an injury to your back or spine then you should seek further legal advice. Back and spinal injuries can lead to on going damage and permanent injuries. These injuries are very common with consequences such as on going medical treatment and out of pocket expenses which carry on in the future and affect the injured person and their family for life. These types of injuries are usually sustained from repetitive heavy lifting, awkward lifting and manoeuvring, bending, twisting, strain, office ergonomics, industrial machinery incidents, crush injuries and the list goes on. The nature of these injuries can not only cause discomfort but the latter effects can be life changing. Arthritis, pain, spasms, tension, cramps, pinched nerves, sciatica damage and even being confined to a wheelchair can be on the cards. Claims Australia understand these difficult times and can help ease the pressure on you and your family by acting on your behalf to relieve the future financial strain these events can generate.
The treatment required after sustaining a back or spinal injury can vary. After being injured and consulting your doctor you should be referred on to a radiologist and then a specialist. WorkCover may request for you to see a physiotherapist also. The radiologist will conduct scans and will usually start with an X-Ray or CT-scan depending on the symptoms of the injury, and move on to an MRI scan to pinpoint the area of damage further. Once these investigations have been completed you will be required to consult a specialist in the field, usually a neurologist. This specialist will conduct an examination and respond with a detailed report to your solicitor to support your claim for compensation.
When pursuing a Common Law Claim your legal representative will require you to go for an independent assessment with one of their specialists. This specialist will provide a detailed report about how your injury was sustained, the effects that the injury will create in your future, cover in great details the diagnosis of your injury and also give an estimate of permanent impairment by way of percentage. This document will be a major part of your settlement and be used in comparison with the defendant’s evidence, to come to a suitable conclusion.