Determining the value of a worker’s compensation claim can be relatively simple when the injury is visible, such as a broken leg. But back injuries are not generally as transparent. For example, whereas a broken leg typically results in a limp, which is visible, a back injury can cause chronic pain that isn’t perceptible by others. Worse, it affects the entire spinal column, making recovery a much more complicated process. So how much is your back injury worth?
The Average Workers Comp Back Injury Cost Is $40K to $80K
Back injuries vary. Some people suffer spinal cord injuries, chronic back pain, or herniated discs. While it’s impossible to assign a particular value to any of these, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has estimated that the average cost of a back injury-related workers’ comp claim amounts to $40,000 to $80,000, making workers’ compensation payments crucial.
Under Pennsylvania law, workers’ compensation allows for the payment of lost income and medical bills.
- Lost Income. Pennsylvania workers’ compensation entitles you to two-thirds of your weekly wages (what you were earning before you became injured). However, keep in mind that the amount you receive may be decreased if you are also receiving income from another source such as Social Security, unemployment compensation, the employer-paid portion of retirement pension, severance pay, or short- or long-term disability benefits.
- Medical Bills. Depending on the severity of your injuries, your medical bills can range from a couple of trips to the chiropractor to complicated, time-consuming and painful spinal cord injury surgeries that cost tens of thousands of dollars. The bottom line is that you are entitled to payment of all past and future medical bills that a workplace caused, including those for lower back strain, bulging, herniated, and slipped discs, fractured vertebrae, pinched nerves, and spinal cord damage.
Sadly, many workers’ compensation insurance carriers deny coverage outright or unfairly delay payments with the hope that injured workers won’t fight back. That’s where an attorney can help.
Contact a PA Workers’ Compensation Attorney
When you’ve injured your back and cannot work, workers’ compensation benefits are critical to help support you and your family. If your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier is not providing you with the benefits you need, it’s time to contact Krasno, Krasno & Onwudinjo. We’ve been serving injured Pennsylvania workers in the following counties since 1936.
Our law firm has offices in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Columbia, Dauphin, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montgomery, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Wyoming, York, and now in Pittsburg.
Let our experienced back injury lawyers help you too. Call 877-299-0779 to speak with a certified workers’ compensation attorney today.