There are a lot of dangerous jobs in Wisconsin, but even relatively safe jobs can cause injury or illness. If a person is no longer able to work because of a disability or other injury, workers' compensation allowances help them recover, and workers' compensation insurance helps employers meet their obligations.
Some injured employees with degenerative disc disease may require surgery. Surgery for degenerative disc problems include lumbar laminectomy, discectomy and fusion.
Wisconsin has enough motorcycles in it to warrant special attention to motorcycle safety. From frozen roads to streetcar tracks, hazards to bikes are many and often pose a greater danger to two-wheeled vehicles than the four-wheeled ones.
For work-related degenerative disc disease, what treatment options must the insurance company cover? In Wisconsin, the worker's compensation insurer is responsible to pay for medical treatment as may be reasonably required to cure and relieve the injured worker from the effects of the work injury. Wis. Stats. Sec. 102.42.
Degenerative disc disease is a back injury precipitated and aggravated by physical job duties. Pain in the center of the low back is often the first symptom and it may worsen after heavy physical activity or staying in one posture for a long time. The back may also begin to feel stiff. Resting the back eases pain. At first, symptoms only last a few days but as time goes on it becomes persistent. Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease back pain often comes and goes over the years. Doctors call this recurring back pain. Each time it strikes, the pain may seem worse than the time before. Eventually the pain may spread into the buttocks or thighs, and it may take longer for the pain to subside.
The death of a family member is always a traumatic event, and unexpected losses can be unthinkable. The worst part for families can be that dealing with the loss of a breadwinner brings financial problems as well as emotional distress. Expenses attached to funerals and end-of-life needs may exhaust funds that were already precarious.
Accidents on the road are an unfortunate fixture of life in Wisconsin and elsewhere in the United States. Although caution and care on the road reduce the risk of a damaging or injurious accident, the possibility is never gone.
In degenerative disc disease, what parts of the spine are involved? In worker's comp, the area usually involved is the low back or lumbar spine vertebrae. An intervertebral disc sits between each pair of vertebrae. Think of the disc as a jelly donut. The dough or outside is the annulus, made of tough connective tissue fibers called collagen. These fibers help the disc withstand tension and pressure when jump, turn, twist and lift - the kind of things involved in a physical job like warehouse work or construction to name just two. The disc normally works like a shock absorber protecting the spine during strenuous activities.
Workers Comp Degenerative Disc Disease in the low back or lumbar spine is the focus of our work injury law practice. We represent people who have significant low back pain and limitations which prevent them from doing physical labor like they used to. Our job to is prove that the physical job duties of their work contributed to their lumbar degenerative disc disease. The workers compensation insurance company and the IME or independent medical examiner like to deny workers comp claims saying its pre-existing or unrelated to the job. While every case is different and there are no guarantees, our track record speaks for itself. The following blogs will discuss degenerative disc disease so people can better understand how their condition is related to the work they do or did.
Drivers share the roads of Wisconsin with every type of vehicle. Car and pickup truck drivers often see tractor-trailers on the interstates and other limited-access highways, and some people heading down smaller roads may even see a bicycle or cross-country skier. But there are few combinations more dangerous on the road than car drivers and truck drivers who are not prepared for each other.
Ice slip and fall settlements can include medical bills, wage loss, pain, suffering and disability. The losses or damages must be related to or caused by the slip and fall on ice or snow. This requires an expert medical opinion from the doctor stating that the fall on ice was a substantial factor in causing the injury or an aggravation of a pre-existing condition. In addition, the medical bills are recoverable if the treatment was reasonable and necessary as a result of the icy slip and fall. But any recovery of damages is predicated upon the property owner or maintenance company being legally liable.