Back Pain and Workers Compensation
- Posted on: Jun 21 2015
The spine is the basis for all movement of the body, so when it’s not aligned correctly, pain is inevitable. According to the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, low back pain (often referred to as LBP) is one of the most common medical complaints in the U.S. After upper-respiratory infections, general back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), and back pain is one of most commonly reported reasons for missing work.
If you have sustained injuries to your back as a result of a work accident or overuse related to your work responsibilities and reside in Brooklyn, NY Dr. Mollins can help put you on the path to recovery.
When your job directly contributes to your back pain, whether it occurred from an accident or is a result of overuse, you may be covered by workers compensation under New York law. An estimated 65% of low back disorders are work related, as stated in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. The ACA also reports that most people who suffer from back pain sustained the injury through mechanical or non-organic means- this mean the pain wasn’t caused through another serious condition, like infection, cancer or arthritis.
In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits so you can be compensated for medical treatment for your work injuries and keep paying your bills despite being out of work, an employee must prove that there is or was an injury, illness or disability arising out of and in the course of employment, and that adequate notice to the employer was given. In order to establish a case, the injured worker must have a medical report stating that a work-related accident or condition was the cause of the injury, illness or disability. Without a medical report stating this, the Workers’ Compensation Board will not consider the case.
Dr. Jeff J. Mollins has 25 years of experience getting his patients back to work and feeling healthy through New York State workers compensation. Call 1-718 802-0800 to learn more about the chiropractic services Dr. Mollins provides in his downtown Brooklyn office.
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