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Landscaper Workers Comp Injury

A landscaper workers comp injury, or groundskeeper injury, are very common due to the heavy and strenuous physical labor they must do. Landscaping injuries can happen from a single traumatic lifting incident or fall at work, resulting in a herniated disc for example. Or they can come from degenerative disc disease over time in part from the heavy physical labor required by the job duties

Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation Symptoms

Workers Compensation Lumbar Disc Herniation Symptoms causes two types of pain in injured workers, which are work-related and require workers compensation benefits to be paid. First, Mechanical pain is pain that comes from the parts of the spine that move during activity, such as the discs and ligaments. Pain from inflammation occurs when the nucleus squeezes through the annulus. The nucleus normally does not come in contact with the body's blood supply. However, a tear in the annulus puts the nucleus at risk for contacting this blood supply. When the nucleus herniates into the torn annulus, the nucleus and blood supply meet, causing a reaction of the chemicals inside the nucleus. This produces inflammation and pain, which is generally focused in the middle low back and does not radiate. Second, a disc herniation may also put pressure against a spinal nerve exiting the neural foramen. Pressure on an irritated or damaged nerve can produce pain that radiates along the nerve called neurogenic pain and shoots down a leg.

Construction Laborer Workers Comp Job Duties Accident Causation

Construction laborers' job duties are among the toughest in industry causing among the highest rates of injuries and workers compensation claims.  The most common work-related injury we see in laborers is a herniated disc in the low back (lumbar spine) or neck (cervical spine).  Neck and low back on the job injuries affect construction laborers as part of their jobs.  Injuries occur from a single lifting accident, like helping pick up cinder blocks.  Or a spine condition can build up over time, sometimes called disc degeneration, from repetitive lifting, twisting and turning job duties on the construction jobs.

What is an Occupational Disease

In Wisconsin an occupational disease in workers compensation claims is a disease or condition that is caused by the job duties or working conditions. This means that the condition must have developed due to work in the workplace and that the correlation between the work and the condition or disease is well known in medical research.  An occupational disease is typically identified when it is shown that it is more prevalent in a given body of workers than in the general population, or in other worker populations.  There is epidemiological evidence supporting neck and low back conditions developing over time from job duties at work.

Back Injury From Lifting at Work Job Duties

A back injury from lifting at work job duties can form the basis of a legitimate workers compensation claim.   A work injury can be caused by a single traumatic lifting incident, or it can occur slowly from job duties over time.  An injury or medical condition caused by job duties over time is called an occupational disease resulting in back surgery, back fusion or laminectomy.

Roofer Workers Comp Job Duties Causation

Roofer workers comp job duties causation in Wisconsin is due to work injuries from a traumatic accident or from roofer job duties over time.  The four types of roofers in Wisconsin include shinglers, who primarily install shingles, shakes, tiles, and other nail-on products on roofs; metal roofers, who focus on metal panels; single-ply or "flat" roofers, who focus on roofs such as single-ply or foam roofs; and "hot" roofers, who work using tar-based products usually on flat roofs.  All of these roofers get hurt at work with work-related low back or neck injuries.  Roofers then need lumbar fusion surgery or cervical discectomy surgery which should be covered by workers compensation.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

What causes a herniated disc is a question worker's compensation clients have when facing surgery or light duty work restrictions.  Intervertebral discs are jelly doughnut-like shock absorbers between the vertebrae bones that form our spinal column.  A bulging disc occurs when the nucleus pulposus (jelly) in the center of the disc pushes out of its normal space and into the annulus fibrosus (dough). The nucleus presses against the annulus causing the disc to bulge outward. Sometimes the nucleus pushes completely through the annulus and squeezes out of the disc, a herniation.

Job Duties Causing Early Retirement

When job duties contribute to a neck or back condition causing early retirement, there may be worker's compensation benefits available to the injured worker.  Even without an identifiable traumatic injury or reported accident, if a degenerative neck or low back condition makes it impossible to keep working there are worker's compensation benefits available to the worker, if a doctor states that the back injury or condition was caused in part by the worker's job duties over time.  McCormick Law Office reviews cases of workers who have been forced to early retirement because their neck or back will not let them continue working: construction laborers, masons, electricians, drywallers, painters, plumbers, carpenters, roofers, HVAC; factory manufacturing machinists, tool and die makers, warehouse workers, maintenance; nurses and CNAs; welders, ironworkers, boilermakers, landscapers and truck drivers.

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