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May 2015 Archives

Does Workers Comp Cover Pre-Existing Conditions?

Does Workers Comp Cover Pre-Existing Conditions? Yes.  In Wisconsin workers compensation law includes the principle of English and American common law that "you take your victim as you find them."  Basically, if an employer hires a worker, the worker's susceptibility to injury does not forfeit the employee's right to worker's compensation benefits if he gets more injured on the job.

Cervical Spine Artificial Disc Replacement Neck Surgery

Cervical spine artificial disc replacement (ADR) neck surgery for injured workers is relatively new in Wisconsin.  There are now several cervical artificial disc replacement devices approved by the FDA for use in the United States. The artificial disc is inserted in the space between two vertebrae. The goal is to replace the diseased or damaged disc while keeping your normal neck motion. The hope is that your spine will be protected from similar problems above and below the affected spinal level.

Look twice and watch out for bikes

Every year, the month of May is an opportunity for all drivers to remember that the summer months are prime time for motorcyclists to be on the road. Reports show that there are already more than 500,000 people in Wisconsin who have registered for a motorcycle permit or license. Drivers must take care to look twice before changing lanes and to be cautious when pulling out in front of these bikes because of their small size.

Vocational Retraining Restores Earning Capacity

Vocational retraining restores earning capacity in an injured worker.  Workers compensation retraining benefits are intended to help the injured worker replace his earning capacity after a work-related injury.  The goal of the Wisconsin workers' compensation law is to rehabilitate the injured worker.  Worker's compensation benefits are not dollar for dollar wage replacement benefits.  Worker's compensation temporary total disability and permanent partial disability benefits are a percentage wage loss replacement.  Many injured workers use TTD and PPD benefits to get back on their feet and return to the workforce within the doctor's permanent work restrictions.  For younger injured workers, the law is designed to encourage retraining.

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