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MVA: It's a Crash, and no accident

Its time to call MVAs what they are: a car crash, not an accident. As the New York Times recently reported, a growing number of safety advocates are campaigning to change a 100-year-old mentality that they say trivializes the single most common cause of traffic incidents: human error. Roadway fatalities are soaring at a rate not seen in 50 years, resulting from crashes, collisions and other incidents caused by drivers. Almost all crashes stem from driver behavior like drinking, distracted driving and other risky activity such as texting. There is nothing accidental about negligent and reckless driving that caused 38,000 people to die in car crashes in 2015. 

Cervical Radiculopathy Treatment

Workers compensation cervical radiculopathy treatment often starts with nonsurgical treatment unless the nerve problem is getting worse rapidly. At first, the doctor may prescribe immobilization of the neck. Keeping the neck still for a short time can calm inflammation and pain. This might include being off work on TTD benefits with one to two days of bed rest and the use of a soft neck collar. This collar is a padded ring that wraps around the neck and is held in place by a Velcro strap. Normally, a patient need only wear a collar for one to two weeks. Wearing it longer tends to weaken the neck muscles.

Workers Compensation Denied My Claim ... What Now?

The most common reasons for worker's compensation "denied my claim" in Wisconsin are the injury or condition is not work related, in other words, it did not happen at work or because of job duties or the extent of the disability is disputed.

Work-Related Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis syndrome can be a worker's compensation injury. Pain in the buttock radiating down the leg is commonly called sciatica. The most common cause for sciatica is irritation of the spinal nerves in or near the lumbar spine due to neural foraminal stenosis often cause by a bulging or herniated disc. However, sometimes the nerve irritation is not in the spine but further down the leg due to an injury to the piriformis muscle. Piriformis syndrome mimics a herniated disc pain and while it can be disabling it rarely leads to surgery.

Welder Workers Compensation Injury

Welder work in a fabrication process that joins usually metals by causing fusion or melting of the metals. Welders work-related injuries are often the result of awkward positions and repetitive motions they find themselves working in. Welders workers compensation injuries usually come from welding job duties over time but can also come from a single traumatic accident such as a fall.

Fabricator Workers Compensation Claims

A fabricator joins metal pieces together to create a product or to use as pieces in other products. Working in a factory or shop setting, fabricators can incur work-related low back or neck injuries when cutting, bending or assembling the metal due to physically demanding job duties.

Drywaller Workers Comp Claims

Drywall workers compensation claims often involve low back or neck injuries. Drywallers injure their lumbar and cervical discs from job duties over time and from single traumatic incidents. Drywallers apply plasterboard or other wallboard to ceilings or interior walls of buildings as well as mounting acoustical tiles or blocks, strips, or sheets of shock-absorbing materials to ceilings and walls of buildings to reduce or reflect sound. Materials are often heavy but it is the awkward positions drywallers are required to work in that often cause or contribute to the herniated lumber or herniated cervical discs, resulting fusion surgery. Specialized drywallers include lathers who fasten wooden, metal, or rockboard lath to walls, ceilings or partitions of buildings to provide support base for plaster, fire-proofing, or acoustical material. Plasterers apply coats of plaster to interior walls, ceilings, and partitions of buildings, to produce finished surface.

Glazier Workers Comp Injury

In Wisconsin, a glazier work injury can occur in a single work accident or it can build up from a glass glazier's job duties over time.  We have had glaziers with herniated discs in the neck or cervical spine as well as the lumbar or low back. Degenerative disc disease is work related if caused by job duties over time. Glaziers install glass windows, skylights, and walls in buildings. Typical neck or low back injuries for glaziers include falls from ladders and scaffolding but mostly from job duties over time. As in many other construction trades, the work is physically demanding. Glaziers spend most of the day standing, bending, or over extending themselves, and they often must lift and maneuver heavy, cumbersome materials, such as large glass plates.

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