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A spine injury can have devastating effects on one's life

Every year, numerous people in North Carolina and elsewhere suffer back injuries while on the job. Some of these are muscle-related and can be easily overcome with rest, medication and rehabilitation. However, when these injuries directly affect the spine, the results can be devastating. It is not uncommon for a spine injury to cause life-long pain or even disability.

Those who suffer spine injuries while on the job work in a variety of different fields. Some may believe that such injuries will only occur to those in labor intensive positions, but the truth is, even those who have desk jobs or other positions that require sitting for long periods of time can suffer injuries to their spinal columns. Some of these injuries will happen as a result of one-time accidents, and others will occur due to repeated movements over extended periods of time.

When one hurts his or her spinal column, there are a variety of symptoms that may be experienced. These include loss of sensation, pain, exaggerated reflexes and loss of movement -- among various others. Of course, if the injury is severe paralysis might occur -- which may or may not be permanent. The location and severity of the injury will determine what symptoms one might have.

If a spine injury occurs while on the job, one may be entitled to utilize workers' compensation benefits in order to seek any necessary care and treatment. If the injury leads to disability and/or the inability to return to one's position, compensation may also be available to cover one's ongoing economic needs. With the assistance of legal counsel, North Carolina residents can seek to receive full benefits from insurance companies and any further compensation that may be available by filing civil claims against any third parties believed responsible for their injuries.

Source: mayoclinic.org, "Spinal cord injury Symptoms", Accessed on Nov. 9, 2016

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