What are my options in receiving financial compensation for a back injury sustained at work that has affected my ability to work and even to walk?

I ruptured a disc in my lower back about 1 1/2 years ago while at work. I was partially paralyzed for 3 months and still have limited mobility and strength. I can no longer do even mildly strenuous work. Is there any legal recourse to help me financially? I am almost 55 years old. I can no longer hike, run, cycle, lift anything off the ground, climb ladders, or even walk very far without the aid of a cane. I did have back problems prior to the injury at Lowe’s, but I was able to do almost anything I wanted. Now I’m almost unemployable due to my physical limitations.

Asked on July 21, 2012 under Personal Injury, Mississippi

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You indicated that you ruptured a disc in your lower back 1 1/2 years ago while at work.  You did not indicate whether you ever filed a workers compensation claim, or whether you reported your injury to your employer wiithin one year, or whether you ever consulted with an attorney.  There is a statute of limitation in Georgia during which you must take certain action.  I hope that you have taken steps to protect your rights.  You should immediately contact an experienced attorney.  


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