One of the few comforts available to workers injured on the job is the expectation that one's employer will look after their needs during recovery. Workers' compensation laws, on the books in Wisconsin for a century, theoretically guarantee employees' rights to financial help while recovering for work-related health problems. But the guarantee does not always relieve workers' concerns.
If you were seriously injured on the job, it is likely that the first place you turned for financial relief was workers' compensation. Many workers know about their right to compensation for an injury at work, but they are less well-versed on what happens when an injury becomes a permanent disability.
Firefighting comes with very obvious risks. Firefighters actively enter buildings that are burning and on the verge of collapse. They embrace that danger and heroically rescue people and animals inside those buildings.
Typically, crush injuries happen when someone is caught between two objects that are either very heavy or that put a terrific amount of force on a specific body part. For instance, crush injuries could happen at work when a worker gets his or her arm stuck in a machine or is struck by a vehicle.
You have probably heard repeatedly that the construction industry is the most dangerous profession. While it does carry a high degree of risk, part of the reason for the high numbers of total injuries and fatalities is just that the industry itself is huge. The more workers you have, the more likely it is that someone will get hurt.
Workers comp low back pain can result from different work-related spine conditions from the effects of spine degeneration or a single back injury. Some of these spinal conditions include:
To best understand the cause of low back pain, spine specialists sometimes divide it into two categories: mechanical back pain and neurogenic back pain.
There are many causes of low back pain. Workers compensation cases come in two types: immediate traumatic injury or wear and tear over time. At McCormick Law Office we handle both types of causation every day. The wear and tear type is called degeneration. Over time, the normal process of aging can result in degenerative changes in all parts of the spine. Injuries to the spine, such as a fracture or injury to the disc, can make the changes happen even faster. The intervertebral disc, the jelly doughnut shock absorber, changes over time. At first, the disc is spongy and firm. The nucleus in the center of the disc contains a great deal of water. This gives the disc its ability to absorb shock and protect the spine from heavy and repeated forces.
To understand low back pain from in the workers compensation setting, it is important for the workers comp attorney to have a working knowledge of lumbar spine anatomy. The human spine is made up of 24 bones, called vertebrae, which are stacked on top of one another to create the spinal column. The spinal column gives the body its upright form and provides our primary support for standing erect.