Fall incidents often lead to unprecedented injuries, especially of the head, neck and back. These areas often have a higher susceptibility to damage than others, especially when it comes to the way most people fall, i.e. on their side or back.
Speaking of, back pain is one of the most common side effects that victims will experience after suffering from a fall. How can this impact your life?
Acute back pain after an accident
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke takes a look at the back pain you can experience after suffering from a fall. Back pain actually serves as one of the highest single reasons that workers end up taking time off, with acute and chronic cases both severely impacting a worker’s ability to maintain their job and the level of quality of their output.
In the case of an accident, the back pain you experience is likely acute. This means it has a direct cause and will usually end up better in a few weeks or months, as long as you follow your doctor’s orders and rest. However, this still means you will need to take some time off, which results in lost pay.
When acute pain becomes chronic
In some rare cases, acute back pain can then become chronic back pain, too. This means it progresses from weeks to months or even years, often without a direct cause, i.e. the initial injury that caused the back pain heals as intended but the back pain remains. Needless to say, this can also cause you to miss work and pay, or even render you unable to do your job.
In such cases, you will likely want to contact legal help to see what your options are.