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Whiplash mechanism of injury and symptoms

Whiplash mechanism of injury and symptoms are caused when the head and neck are suddenly and forcefully whipped forward and back, placing excessive stress on the cervical spine. McCormick Law Office attorneys get the best results by knowing automobile accident injury and symptoms.  By carefully going over the accident facts in an honest and trustworthy manner the attorney can see the injury connection to the motor vehicle collision.

Whiplash Injury Anatomy

Whiplash anatomy injury is the sudden extension of the cervical spine (backward movement of the neck) and flexion (forward movement of the neck). This trauma is also called cervical acceleration-deceleration injury. Rear-end or side-impact motor vehicle collisions are the number one cause of whiplash with injury to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and discs of the cervical spine.

Texting While Driving is Deadly

Texting while driving is deadly.  There are statistics that argue texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving or driving while intoxicated.  When someone is texting, their eyes, along with their attention, is not on the road.  We live in a very technically advanced society where we want to be constantly up-to-date with sending and receiving new information. Whether it's posting a tweet or emailing a friend, with the use of smart phones we are continuously able to access the latest news. While it is important to have access to our phones and to communicate with each other, texting while driving is deadly.  Although it is important to have a cellular phone available for use when emergencies on the road happen, the use of cell phones while driving has become too casual. There are many occasions when we hear the ping of a text message while we are driving and are tempted to read and send a reply. The constant need to be in communication with others can lead us to be extremely distracted while driving. While a driver is looking down at a cell phone for a mere 5 seconds a motor vehicle traveling 55 mph can cover the distance of a football field. Approximately 23% of all motor vehicle accidents in the United States involve cellular phone use. Additionally, 1 out of 5 individuals admit to surfing the Internet while driving. These numbers account for over 1.3 million accidents per year.  Though in Wisconsin we are still allowed to use cellular phones to make calls while driving; texting while driving, as well as inattentive driving is strictly prohibited. Texting, accessing the internet and even talking on the phone while driving puts not only ourselves, but other drivers and passengers on the road at risk. Though it may be tempting while driving to log into Facebook to get the latest update from friends or to quickly check the Brewers' score, the results can have devastating and permanent physical and mental personal injuries.

Radiological Imaging for Diagnosis Work Injury

Radiological imaging for diagnosis work injury are tests to help the doctor make a successful diagnosis.  To get the best results attorneys at McCormick Law Office use MRI and other tests to support a doctor's opinion that an injured worker's condition is work-related.  Imaging is trustworthy, honest evidence to help get workers comp benefits.

Spencer Rule in Wisconsin Workers Compensation

The Spencer Rule in Wisconsin's workers' compensation can in narrow circumstances get an injured worker weekly benefits even if the comp carrier denies a medical treatment.  Workers compensation insurance companies can deny paying for medical treatment for two basic reasons: A) the injury is not a work-related condition; or B) even if the employee has a work-related condition, the disputed treatment is not directed to cure or relieve the effects of the work-related condition.  While most disputed cases involve defense A, this article deals with defense B.  This dispute is usually raised by an independent medical examiner report (IME) who states for example, the worker has a herniated disc L5-S1 disc caused in part by an accident at work, but he doesn't need fusion surgery to cure or relieve the effects of the work-related injury to the disc.  The IME will claim a fusion is not necessary, and if it is done, it is for an unrelated pre-existing condition.  If its only saying not necessary, then TTD may be due.

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Happy St Patrick's Day!  At McCormick Law Office we seek fair and full compensation for our clients, who incur personal injury, mostly due to motor vehicle collisions or work accidents.  While our law is based on the common law of England, a little research shows that the underlying principles harken from ancient Gaelic law, called Brehon Law dating from the 700s AD in Ireland. 

Workers Compensation Lumbar Radiculopathy Drop Foot

Workers compensation lumbar radiculopathy drop foot or foot drop affects the foot but can come from a low back nerve injury.  Weakness of the tibialis anterior muscle can cause the foot to drag when walking. The tibialis anterior picks the ankle up and pulls the foot toward the face.  Most commonly, foot drop is caused by an injury to the peroneal nerve. The peroneal nerve is a branch of the sciatic nerve that wraps from the back of the knee to the front of the shin.  Nerve impingement of the sciatic nerve as it leaves the low back can result in symptoms down in the peroneal nerve resulting in drop foot.

EMG/NCV for Diagnosis Work Injury

Diagnosis work injury workers often have diagnostic EMG/NCV for work injuries. These tests should be covered by workers compensation, especially when a doctor orders it before a work-related neck or low back surgery.  EMG or electromyography or electromyogram is a measure of the electric activity in a muscle. Electrodes are placed on the skin or needles put directly into the muscles. These record the sound and pattern of electric activity. 

TENS Unit for Workers Compensation Pain Management

Physicians commonly recommend a TENS Unit for workers compensation pain management.  The transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit is primarily part of a pain management strategy for controlling chronic low back pain.  McCormick Law Office attorneys in Milwaukee, Wisconsin get the best results for injured workers in workers compensation benefits including covering medical bills for pain management.

Causation determines who gets workers compensation benefits

Causation determines who gets workers compensation benefits.  In Wisconsin workers compensation benefits are paid in when an employee suffers an injury arising out of employment.  Wis. Stats. Sec 102.01.  The injury can be physical or mental, and can be caused by single traumatic accident or from job duties or occupational exposure over time.  To qualify as a traumatic injury, a doctor must give an opinion that the work accident directly caused the injury.   Many employees have pre-existing conditions which can be work-related.  A traumatic accident can be the source of workers compensation benefits if the pre-existing condition was precipitated, aggravated and accelerated beyond normal progression by the incident.  For an occupational condition or disease to be subject to workers compensation benefits, the employment job duties or environment must be either the sole cause of the condition, or at least a material contributory causative factor in the condition's onset or progression?

Causes of Neck or Cervical Work Injury

Finally, causes of neck or cervical work injury may be from neuropathic pain, which is pressure or irritation in the nerves of the cervical spine.  Also called neurogenic pain or radiculopathy, the pain is described as burning, electric, tingling, or shooting in nature.  McCormick Law Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin represents ironworkers, masons, welders, boilermakers, nurse assistants, carpenters, warehouse workers, truck drivers, factory workers, machinists and others who get work-related pinched nerves.

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