Common back injuries at meatpacking plants can be debilitating

Common back injuries at meatpacking plants can be debilitating

Nebraska residents who work in a meatpacking plant are often exposed to hazardous conditions. Slick floors can cause slip and fall accidents, and consistently lifting heavy slabs of meat can take a toll on the body. We have experience representing clients in meatpacking plant injury claims.

According to OSHA, employees at meatpacking plants and factories often experience back injuries. While most common among shipping department workers, line workers and others also experience pain and bodily harm in this area of the body.  The back contains muscles, bones and other tissues that extend from the pelvis to the neck. Herniated discs, strains and sprains are among the most frequent workplace injuries.

Spinal discs

Injuries here can result from sudden trauma experienced when lifting, bending or twisting. The discs, located between each bony vertebra, act as shock absorbers in the spine and allow flexibility. There are 23 discs in the spinal column, consisting of an outer portion composed of collagen fiber sheets, protecting the inner core. The inner part contains a gel-like substance that surrounds a loose network of fibers.

When the outer layer becomes damaged, it can pinch nearby nerves. If the gel-like substance from the core leaks to the surrounding area, it can also irritate the nerves. Pain can radiate down the leg, neck, and arm, depending on the disc’s location and severity of the damage.

Sprains and strains

Lower back muscle strains and sprains can occur from gradual overuse or a sudden injury. The pain can be debilitating, restricting range of motion and causing muscle spasms that prevent you from continuing routine duties. Treatment for these injuries varies. However, if left untreated, they can have long-term consequences and cause permanent damage.

If you suffered an injury resulting from an accident at a meatpacking plant, you might have grounds for a claim. Workers’ compensation and the funds from a settlement can help pay for medical expenses, physical therapy and other related costs.