Neck and Back Work Injury Attorney

Your back can suffer injury by heavy lifting, repeated movements, and even sitting at a computer all day. Back pain, whether subtle and dull or severe and piercing, can make it difficult to focus on your work. Unfortunately, many jobs, such as nursing, construction, and manufacturing work, put a lot of strain on your back. Though, back pain can be caused or exacerbated by even normal office employment.

If you have suffered a back or neck injury while on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Our Iowa workers’ compensation attorneys at the law firm of Mueller, Schmidt, Mulholland & Cooling are well-versed in Iowa workers’ comp laws, as well as federal laws. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your potential claim or possible personal injury lawsuit.

Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney for a Workers’ Compensation Claim

If you have been injured while working, you have the right to seek advice from a workers’ compensation lawyer. The workers’ comp process can be quite tedious and time-consuming, something you should not have to concern yourself with while trying to recover from your work injuries. Often, people will get denied because they did not complete the form correctly or are being accused of something untrue, which is why it is imperative that you hire an experienced workers’ comp attorney.

If you suspect your rights were infringed as a result of a workplace injury, you should speak with an attorney who specializes in employee rights. When an employee files a workers’ compensation claim, wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination are all too prevalent. These are illegal activities that should be reported to the state and the proper governing entities. Workers’ compensation lawyers and even employment lawyers can assist you in doing so while also obtaining the benefits you are entitled to.

Types of Neck Injuries

Muscles, spine, spinal discs, spinal vertebrae, nerves, tendons, and ligaments, all make up your neck, which means they can be susceptible to a variety of injuries. Neck problems such as discomfort, swelling, and limited range of motion can arise when any of these structures are injured or damaged.

The indications and symptoms of typical neck and back problems differ depending on the problem and the area of the neck and back that is affected. Neck pain or soreness is a common indication of any neck issue. Pain that radiates from the neck to the head, shoulders, jaw, or even the upper arms is a common symptom of most neck and back problems.

The most common types of injuries sustained to the neck from a work-related injury include, but are not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Fracture of the neck or cervical vertebrae
  • Pinched nerve
  • Sprain of the neck muscles, tendons, or ligament
  • Whiplash

The reasons for neck problems differ depending on the situation. Neck pain is frequently caused by muscle tension or damage to the upper spine’s bones. The most common cause of neck damage is trauma, such as a broken neck, neck sprain, or whiplash. Trauma to the neck might include car accidents and other motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, repetitive motion, and crush injuries. They may result in soft tissue damage to the neck muscles or spine fractures. Regardless of how you sustained your neck injury, you should always see medical attention after a work accident.

Types of Back Injuries

A back problem can seriously impair your daily routine. Back pain and injuries are common reasons for people missing work or being hurt on the job. When you have a back injury, you may be unable to sit for lengthy periods of time at work, exercise, play sports, or even regular movements throughout the day.

The back is a large part of the body and any part of the back can sustain injury. The back can be injured in a variety of ways, especially in a workplace injury. Many jobs require some sort of lifting, whether it is moving a box around the office or working on a construction site lifting heavy materials.

Common causes of back pain can come from two sources in the workplace:

  • Traumatic injury
  • Overuse

Surprisingly, sitting hunched over in an office chair is one of the most common complaints about a workers’ comp claim after a back injury in the workplace. Back injuries can vary greatly from an injured muscle to something more severe than it could cause paralysis.

If you suffer a back injury that leaves you disabled, you may be eligible for social security disability benefits, as well as workers’ compensation benefits. Additionally, you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit if faulty equipment or another entity was involved in the injury.

Workers’ Compensation Claim for Multiple Injuries

If you were hurt in a work accident and injured more than one part of your body, you are entitled to workers’ compensation for the whole disability. This is also true if your first injury leads to a secondary one. These situations are both factually and legally complicated. Workplace injury claims combining several body parts are commonly under-compensated by insurance carriers.

As a result, it’s critical that you seek legal advice from a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. It is vital that you reach out to an attorney as soon as possible because if you wait too long for legal advice after receiving proper medical care, additional legal difficulties can arise.

Contact the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Attorneys at Mueller, Schmidt, Mulholland & Cooling

If you or a loved one has suffered a workplace injury and it has affected either the back, neck, or both, reach out to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you file a claim. The Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys at Mueller, Schmidt, Mulholland & Cooling have experience handling workers’ compensation claims for injured workers across Iowa.

Our attorneys can help you achieve a favorable result and get you the benefits you need to cover any medical bills and related medical expenses. To schedule a free initial consultation, fill out our contact form online. You can also call us at
(515) 444-4000 The Des Moines workers’ compensation attorneys and personal injury lawyers at MSMC can help injured workers with their personal injury claim or workers’ compensation claim.


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