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How much can back injuries cost you?

On Behalf of | Jan 4, 2020 | Firm News

Connecticut workers can suffer from back pain for many reasons. People who lift heavy weights can strain their back muscles. People who sit in one spot for long periods of time can cramp up and suffer from damage as well. Today, we will take a look at some of the real costs of back injuries in the workplace. 

Mayo Clinic states that back pain is no laughing matter. It is incredibly common among workers. Still, being common does not mean that it is not serious. In fact, back pain is one of the leading reasons people call out of work. It can be severe enough to keep a person bed-bound. They may be unable to even stand, let alone get to the work required of them. 

That is the first way back injuries and pain can cost a worker. Many workers do not have a lot of paid sick days, if any at all. If they have to call out of work to rest, this is pay that they are missing. One day of missed work can put a significant dent in a paycheck. For some, that single day may be enough to jeopardize their financial situation. 

Back pain can also cost a lot of money to treat. Many people self-medicate by taking over the counter painkillers. However, back pain can be severe enough to debilitate. In these scenarios, individuals may need prescription painkillers. They may even have to consider surgical options for more permanent relief. Needless to say, the combination of health costs and lost wages can really hit a worker’s wallet.