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What's the Average Workers' Comp Settlement for a Back Injury?

Ohio warehouse worker grabs his back in pain

Ohio's go-to workers' comp lawyers explain settlements and benefits.

Back injuries are common at work. Employees who suffer work accidents or develop back injuries over time are typically entitled to workers' compensation benefits.

Due to the long-term and debilitating nature of work-related back injuries, workers' compensation settlements for these injuries can be significant.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) underwrites workers' compensation claims and settlements. It is important to understand how the system works and to consult an experienced Ohio workers' compensation lawyer ASAP.

What types of back injuries are eligible for workers' compensation?

With few exceptions, workers' compensation benefits are available to all Ohio workers who are injured on the job. This includes all types of back injuries.  Jobs in industries that involve heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and awkward postures pose the highest risk for worker back injuries. Examples include construction workers who lift heavy materials, nurses who frequently move patients, and warehouse employees who handle bulky items. Some of the most commonly compensated occupational back injuries include:

  • Strains, pulls, tears, and sprains.
  • Herniated discs.
  • Fractured vertebrae.
  • Compression fractures.
  • Sciatica.
  • Lumbar radiculopathy.
  • Spondylolisthesis.
  • Spinal stenosis.
  • Muscle spasms.

What is the average workers' compensation settlement for a back injury claim?

Injury severity greatly affects settlement amounts. Back injuries vary greatly in severity, from strains to permanent and debilitating damage. There is just too much variability to have a useful average settlement figure for back injuries. Every case is different. Only an attorney can tell you what your case may be worth.

What affects your workers' compensation settlement when your back is injured?

Each case is distinct, and the ultimate settlement hinges on variables such as injury severity, necessary medical treatment, recovery duration, and more. Ultimately, settlement amounts are influenced by:

  • Injury severity. More severe injuries necessitating extensive medical care tend to result in higher settlements.
  • Medical expenses. The cost of medical treatment, including surgery, therapy, medications, and ongoing care, directly impacts the value of a workers' compensation claim.
  • Income loss. Back injuries that prevent work or substantially reduce earning capacity may be eligible for more compensation.
  • Permanent disability. Back injuries resulting in permanent impairment can be eligible for additional compensation.

Help for workers with back injuries in Ohio

If you suffered a work-related back injury in Ohio, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. Contact Hochman & Plunkett Co., L.P.A. for a free case evaluation to determine your eligibility. Our team can explain your compensation options with no obligation to hire. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning no upfront costs; our fee is a percentage of the final compensation. If we don't win, you don't pay.

Time is critical for work injury lawsuits and workers' compensation claims in Ohio. Contact us for a free case evaluation today.

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