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Causes of Neck or Cervical Work Injury

Causes of neck or cervical work injury can be either a traumatic injury or from job duties over time.  McCormick Law Office in Milwaukee represents injured workers in workers compensation claims.  Recently the Wisconsin legislature passed laws that will harm the interests of employees across our state.  Specifically, the budget bill contains radical changes to the Wisconsin Worker's Compensation Division that will hurt not only employees but employers and insurance companies as well by making the process more difficult to navigate.  Unfortunately, the proponents of the changes either do not understand their effect or worse.  This has nothing to do with policy.  It will not make Wisconsin more competitive for business or create jobs.  It is ideology pure and simple, as evidenced by the changes coming from ALEC not any Wisconsin policy makers. At this point, the legislature has not proposed substantive changes in workers compensation benefits.  We will continue to fight for workers rights whatever they come up with.  

Causes of Neck or Cervical Work Injury

Causes of neck or cervical work injury can be either a traumatic injury or from job duties over time.  McCormick Law Office gets calls from injured workers in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Racine counties asking if they have a workers comp claim.  It is not unusual for a primary care physician's office to not question the possible occupational source of a cervical injury.  To get successful results attorneys should inquire about any specific work-related accidents and then ask about a worker's job duties, to see if there is a possible relationship between the neck symptoms and the job.  Here is a brief overview of some medical causes of neck pain and how they can be the source of a workers compensation claim.

Neck or Cervical Work Injury

Understanding neck or cervical work injury anatomy is important for the workers compensation attorney.   A workers compensation lawyer does not need to know biochemistry, but should have a thorough knowledge of basic anatomy concerning the injuries involving workers injured on the job or from job duties.

Slip and Fall Accident Cases

According to the CDC, slip and fall accidents result in over one million injuries annually and 20,000 deaths per year, mostly in the elderly population. McCormick Law Office attorneys represent people injured in slip and fall accidents every year. Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin means that we must be careful to look out for the accumulation of snow and ice. Taking just some specific steps may help prevent a nasty spill and a serious injury:

Obesity is Not a Defense to Workers Compensation Benefits

Obesity is not a defense to workers compensation benefits in Wisconsin if the back disability is also caused in part to a traumatic work injury or to job duties over time. There is no question that obesity contributes to back pain and disability.  By statistics, 68% of Americans are overweight because they have a body mass index (BMI) over 25, and 34% are obese with a BMI over 30!  So we have to work on this.  But when a worker's compensation doctor examines an injured worker and writes a report denying worker's compensation benefits or medical treatment saying the low back condition is due to personal reasons, such as obesity or smoking, they are not being honest with the law.    

Workers Compensation Proposed Changes

In Wisconsin, Governor Walker has proposed dismantling Wisconsin's nationally acclaimed Workers Compensation System.   Since 1911, when Wisconsin was the first state with a comprehensive worker's compensation system, our state has been the model for other states to follow.  Here are some of the consequences of breaking apart Wisconsin's workers compensation system.

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