You should settle for a workers’ compensation claim that covers all your back injury needs. You deserve the funds to support yourself after a work injury. The severity of a back injury may vary from a slipped disk, a broken back, or paralysis. Each of these would attract different settlements and terms. Your damages would cover lost wages, medical expenses, and rehabilitation.
A report from the National Security Council states that injuries to the upper back settled for approximately $33,000 while those to the lower back settled for $37,000. These settlements fail to include an employee’s replacement wages compensation, though. They mainly focus on medical expenses.
Back Injury Settlement Options
Back injuries are commonplace among the most debilitating workplace injuries in the United States. They not only lead to the inability to work for the duration of the injury but can also result in chronic pain long after injury.
When this hinders you from earning, you may consider a settlement. There are two main types of settlements for a back injury:
- The Compromise settlement agreement – This is an amount the liable party settles to resolve a dispute between themselves and an employee as compensation for a back injury. It is the most common type of compensation.
- Lump-Sum settlement agreement – This is a discrete, single payment by the liable party. This is often given when an employee’s claim is not in dispute.
Factors Determining Settlement Value for a Back Injury
Although you wouldn’t be able to make claims in the future, a settlement would ensure you receive a lump sum to cater to your treatment and income. Several factors dictate how much one can receive in a settlement. These include:
- Injury severity and type – Injuries affecting the spine receive a higher payout than those affecting soft tissue. Similarly, more severe injuries call for higher compensation.
- Disability – You would be entitled to a higher settlement for back injuries that may lead to permanent disability.
- Medical costs – Some settlements account for in-home care, surgery, medication, therapy, and other ongoing expenses or bills already settled.
What Might Prevent the Success of Your Settlement Claim
Initial workers’ compensation claims are often initially rejected. Our team can help in this situation, however. Our lawyers can gather and organize further evidence of your back injury-related losses. We will add this evidence to your appeal for damages.
These cases can feel overwhelming for injury victims. Nonetheless, our team can stand by you and combat factors that might threaten your case. The success rate of a claim could decline if the back injury:
- Is as a result of a pre-existing injury
- Is as a result of a degenerative disk disease
- Is not work-related
- Is not as a result of failing to meet a deadline
- Is not critical enough to warrant compensation
Get in touch with workers’ compensation attorneys at George Sink, P. A. Injury Lawyers to discuss your options.
The Consequences of Settlement Decisions
We don’t recommend negotiating a settlement on your own. Following a settlement, you forego the right to claim future benefits. Medical expenses may also be higher than you originally anticipated, and this might not have been factored in during the settlement process. It can be helpful to retain a lawyer who can help you agree on a settlement that will take your future into account.
The Right Lawyer To Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Since its founding more than 40 years ago, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has helped Georgia and South Carolina employees that suffered back injuries receive compensation. This allows victims to seek medical treatment. Since then, we’ve helped resolve over 50,000 cases. Our resources can benefit your claim.
- Answer your questions
- Keep you updated
- Negotiate for fair benefits
- Help you appeal a claim denial, if necessary
- Gather and organize evidence that supports your claim
- Identify your losses
- Help you understand your options and next moves
Our Team Is Familiar With Helping Other Employees Hurt on the Job
George Sink, Sr., and our legal team has worked with many clients over the years. These include employees who’ve needed to file a claim for workers’ compensation. We’ve accumulated a wealth of experience navigating the often complex settlement landscape. Our successful case results speak for themselves.1
Call today to get your free consultation and let us get started on your settlement. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will review your case with no obligation. We cannot get started until you speak to our team members about your situation. We can tell you how much you should settle for in your back injury workers’ compensation case.