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Spinal Vertebrae injuries can be the most painful and lingering injuries that a person sustains on the job.

If you’ve injured your neck or back in a workplace accident, contact our lawyers at Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys. We’ll work to get you benefits that pay for your medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages.

Workplace Injuries to Backs and Necks

According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA), damage to the neck and back are the second most common workplace injuries in the United States. Never wait to report a neck or back accident! Injuries to the spinal area are very delicate and delaying treatment could result in irreversible damage.

A recent workers’ compensation case in Kansas City, Missouri suggests that by failing to clearly and accurately state the location of her injuries, a woman not only delayed her neck treatment, which ultimately led to a more severe injury, but also faced difficulties seeking compensation for her neck injury because she only reported shoulder pain at first.

Common Workplace Neck and Back Injuries

Neck and back workplace injuries are generally a result of overextension of the spine from pulling, pushing, lifting and having poor posture when sitting for long periods of time. Accidents can occur simply from lifting a box that’s too heavy or from persistent strain on muscles and discs protecting the spinal vertebrae. Neck and back pain can be broken down into two types of pain:

  • Acute: temporary pain that comes on quickly but lessens within a few weeks.
  • Chronic: pain that lasts more than six weeks, sometimes even years.

Common neck and back injuries from which workers often suffer include lower back strain, fractured vertebrae, pinched nerves, herniated disc, and spinal cord damage. The most common industries that experience these injuries include:

Neck and Back Injury Diagnosis

After scheduling a visit with a physician, workers are given an injury diagnosis that determines their type of disability.

Temporary disability: workers are able to go back to work and resume job duties after recovery.
Permanent partial disability: workers are able to go back to work after recovery, but not perform their former job duties.
Permanent total disability: workers are not able to return to their previous job.

If you’ve injured your neck or back in a workplace accident, contact our lawyers at Prior, Criner & Edwards Attorneys. We’ll work to get you benefits that pay for your medical and therapy bills, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages.

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Our Attorneys

Our attorneys specialize in workman's comp, personal injury, and dispute resolution services.

We have have a long history of building long-term client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect.


Frank Prior - Attorney

Frank Prior

With over 25 years of experience in civil litigation and thousands of cases mediated, Frank specializes in the fields of workers compensation and personal injury law.

Sherman Lee Criner - Attorney

Sherman Lee Criner

Sherman is Licensed to Practice Law in North and South Carolina. He has extensive education in law and the mediation practice, professional experience and impressive memberships in many noteworthy political, civic and business organizations.

Ashley Edwards - Attorney

Ashley M. Edwards

Ashley is a NC attorney and certified mediator in North and South Carolina, Ashley has represented hundreds of clients and mediated thousands of cases for attorneys, insurance carriers and private companies. 

Client Feedback

“These guys are awesome and care about their clients very much. I would suggest anyone hurt on the job to contact them. Cannot express my appreciation enough to them!"

Trevor P.

“Ashley Edwards genuinely cares about his clients and holds himself to the highest standards in all of his professional interactions. I am happy to recommend him to anyone who needs help navigating the workers compensation process."

Patrick H.

“Ashley has been practicing compensation law in the greater Wilmington area for 15+ years. I have often turned to him for advice and counsel. He knows the law, is trustworthy, listens to his clients, and fights to do the right thing for them. He is my first call!"

Channing E.

“Mr Edwards made my case feel like it was his most important case. He is so caring and attentive."

Renee M.

“This was the first and only law firm I contacted after being injured. Everyone there has been on point concerning my case and extremely professional. I highly recommend contacting workers comp first if injured. It will be as if it's the most important case they have and they will not disappoint. Thank you to the entire team."

Stephen H.

“Wonderful Experience under difficult circumstances. They helped me understand my rights and options under the law. Mr. Edwards took the time to help and meet with me whenever I had questions. He is highly recommended for his expert advice and service. "

Ashley M.

“This is the place to go if you get hurt on the job Ashley and his paralegal Janet are really nice and super easy to talk to and they take the time to really listen to your problems and get you the help you need and deserve."

Anthony R.

“They came out took out time to listen very smart he knows what he's talking about he heard me out and took my case under difficult sircumstances and i highly advise this is the law firm to consider."

Marlo C.

“Sherman is one of the best mediators that I know---he is extremely proficient in Workers' Compensation Law and he is an outstanding communicator. I give Sherman my highest rating!"

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“Great Experience with a caring lawyer who took the time to actually meet with me. He handled my case to the end and explained everything. Highly recommended."


“Ashley is very knowledgeable and relatable to his clients, to opposing counsel, and to all parties when acting as mediator. "

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“Ashley didn't always tell me what I wanted to hear but he always told me the truth. He is very knowledgeable and professional... I would highly recommend Ashley if you feel the need to hire an attorney. "


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