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Don't go back, Jack, and do it again

Many of our Coachella Valley readers undoubtedly recognized the reference in our headline to the Steely Dan song "Do It Again." While the long-ago hit tune was not about back injuries, it might resonate with those workers in the Rancho Mirage area who have injured their backs on the job and hope to avoid repeating the injury and extending the damage, and most of all, want to avoid living through that pain again.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine says that lower back injuries are the most common type of injury to backs, and that they can take place at work, at play and while enjoying hobbies such as gardening. When the injuries occur on the job, it can in some cases mean that the worker needs to fight their employer and employer's insurer for workers' comp benefits that include medical care.

As we all know, back injuries aren't something you can spot just by looking with the naked eye. You need a trained specialist equipped to do Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT) or radiography (a bone X-ray). That's how doctors can see inside you to begin to unravel where the injury is and how to treat it.

Unfortunately, many back injuries require extensive rehabilitation, long periods of recuperation and sometimes even surgery in order to fix what ails a person. That is why so many California insurers will fight workers' comp claims involving back injuries: there simply are not a lot of quick fixes available for these types of serious injuries.

If your employer or employer's insurer is fighting your workers' comp claim, discuss your options and a strategy to get those deserved benefits with an attorney experienced in fighting on behalf of clients injured on the job.

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