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Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Fusion cont.

Fusion surgery for workers comp low back pain is a reality for some injured workers and McCormick Law Office has years of experience representing these men and women in workers compensation claims. These are serious cases and require expert opinions and proper documentation to be successful. Following lumbar fusion, many workers have doctor assigned permanent work restrictions. If the workers comp related work restrictions preclude a return to work earning at least 85% of pre-injury wage rate, the worker has a claim for loss of earning capacity benefits. This is in addition to the temporary total disability benefit paid while off work and still in the healing period. There may also be permanent partial disability benefits.

4 signs of a distracted driver

Distracted driving is a huge issue. It can cause many of the same problems as drunk driving. Someone who is distracted also has slower reaction times, makes avoidable mistakes and puts other people in danger. Drunk drivers may never see a stop sign and blow right through an intersection, for instance, and the same thing can happen when a distracted driver is looking down and texting.

So, how do you spot these people in advance? Are there any signs you can look out for so that you know to keep your distance?

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Fusion Surgery

Fusion surgery for workers comp low back pain is generally a last resort for an injured worker with a herniated disc or degenerative disc disease. It's a medical decision, with legal implications.

Dehydration is similar to drunk driving, experts claim

It's obvious that drunk driving is illegal for professional truck drivers — along with everyone else — but what about simply not drinking enough water? While that's not illegal, some experts have found that it makes drivers feel the same way they feel when they are drunk.

Dehydration leads to serious driver errors. This can inhibit their performance, and it can lead to poor judgment calls and accidents.

Do you have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Wisconsin?

Motorcycle helmet laws vary from state to state. So, do you need one in Wisconsin? You may, but only in select situations. Most drivers are not required to wear a helmet at all if they so choose.

That said, drivers who are still minors -- under 18 years old -- need to have helmets on whenever they use Type 1 motorcycles within the state. This applies on all state highways. The law also expressly notes that the person must have the chin strap fastened while wearing the helmet.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Surgery

For workers comp low back pain, lumbar spine surgery generally comes only after exhaustion of conservative treatment. An injured should not make a medical decision for or against surgery based on how they think it will affect their workers compensation case. Lawyers can advise clients on legal implications of treatment decisions, but the decisions should be left to the client in consultation with his or her medical professionals. There are many different operations for back pain. The goal of nearly all spine operations is to remove pressure from the nerves of the spine, stop excessive motion between two or more vertebrae, or both. The type of surgery that is best depends on a patient's conditions and symptoms.

Medical issues resulting from a crush injury

Typically, crush injuries happen when someone is caught between two objects that are either very heavy or that put a terrific amount of force on a specific body part. For instance, crush injuries could happen at work when a worker gets his or her arm stuck in a machine or is struck by a vehicle.

Crush injuries can be devastating, even when they are not fatal. They can lead to emergency surgery. In some cases, full recovery is never possible. It depends on the severity of the injury. Some potential medical issues include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding
  • Open wounds and lacerations
  • Crushed fingers
  • Deep wounds
  • Internal damage
  • Nerve damage
  • Secondary infections
  • Compartment syndrome

Car Accident on the Job

In Wisconsin, a car accident on the job is treated differently at settlement time compared to a non work-related car accident. The reason being if a person receives workers compensation benefits or workers comp pays for medical bills, then the workers compensation insurance company gets paid back according to the formula in Wisconsin Statutes Sec. 102.29. There is interplay between the workers compensation benefits available and the potential car accident damages recoverable and for this reason it is helpful if your attorney has experience or at least a working knowledge of both workers compensation and personal injury law. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident while working, be aware of this before hiring an attorney.

Workers Comp Low Back Pain - Injections

Employees with workers comp low back pain are often treated with spinal injections for both treatment and diagnostic purposes. These injections usually use a mixture of an anesthetic and some type of cortisone preparation. The anesthetic is a medication that numbs the area where it is injected. If the injection takes away pain immediately, this is an important indicator suggesting the source of the pain. The cortisone decreases inflammation and can reduce the pain from an inflamed nerve or joint for a prolonged period of time.

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