How to Avoid a Back Injury at Work (and What to Do When It Happens)

A back injury at work can be devastating in many ways. It can not just make it more difficult to do your job, it can make it more difficult to do anything. That said, if you’re like most people, you can’t simply choose to do your job in an entirely different way simply to prevent your back from the possibility of an injury. There are limited steps you can take to protect your back, but every little bit helps. If you do suffer a back injury at work, our Los Angeles back injury lawyer team can help. 

What Can Cause a Back Injury at Work 

Obviously, the most common way that you can suffer a back injury at work is through force. You put too much strain on your back while lifting something or moving it, which in turn hurts your back. It could also be the force of something falling on your back, something of that nature. Yes, that’s the most common type of injury but far from the only way you could suffer an injury. 

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Additionally, it could be that you suffer an injury through inactivity, through not doing enough with your back. It’s natural to think: “OK, I have a desk job, I’m just sitting at a desk all day, that has to be good for my back, right?” Actually, no. That can cause injuries, too. This is especially true if your posture isn’t great or there’s a lack of back support with your chair. 

Another all too common way that someone can suffer a back injury at work: through doing repetitive tasks over and over again. If you’re always doing something which rotates your spine or twists it, that, over the course of time, can take a real toll on your back. It doesn’t matter how your back was injured at work – we can help. 

Los Angeles Back Injury Lawyer Team: What to Do to Avoid an Injury 

Remember: there’s only so much you can do, so many steps you can take to protect yourself when you’re working. That said, perhaps the most important thing you can do is simply to listen to your body. If your body is telling you not to do something, there’s a reason for that. You don’t want to “tough it out” only to hurt yourself. 

One way to listen to your body: adjust your posture. You want a chair that does right by your lower back, supporting it through the course of a day. Posture when sitting is critical, as you want to make certain that your feet are flat on the ground, your thighs run parallel to the floor. How can you make that happen? By putting your chair at the right height. 

Lifting properly is important when it comes to protecting your back (especially if your job involves a lot of lifting). You’ve probably been told since you were a kid to “bend your knees” when you lift. Yes, that’s important, but don’t forget to tighten your stomach, too. Another mistake many make: they don’t get close enough to something heavy before they try to lift it. 

If you hold it too far away, you make it harder on your back. This can cause you to twist – indeed, making sure that your body maintains its natural curve as you lift is important. Of course, always, always, always, if something is too heavy, just ask for help. 

A Back Injury Attorney that Can Help 

Hopefully, you’re able to follow the above tips and don’t have to worry about suffering a back injury on the job. However, if you suffer this kind of injury or any other at work, we can help. Here at the ODG Law Group, we’ve helped so many to get the compensation that they deserved for all that they’ve had to go through due to at-work accidents. For a free consultation, you can reach us at (818) 975-3080

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