Maximizing Workers’ Comp Benefits For Neck, Back And Spinal Injuries
At Strong Law Offices, we are here to help you navigate the workers’ compensation process, and help you seek maximum compensation for neck injuries, back injuries and spinal cord injuries. If you have suffered an injury at work, contact our law offices to schedule a free initial consultation.
Obtaining Medical Records And Accident Reports
When a person injures their head, neck or spinal cord in a work-related accident, it is important to distinguish whether or not the injury is the result of a specific trauma or accident, or due to repetitive stress and/or repetitive trauma.
Initial accident reports, emergency room records and follow-up medical records must be gathered to determine the extent of the injuries. Workers’ comp insurance carriers hire insurance adjusters and defense lawyers to dispute medical records and show inconsistencies within the medical histories to discredit injured workers and injuries.
After a person has suffered an injury to the neck, back or spinal cord, the first priority for the medical provider or emergency room physician is to perform emergency care for the patient. Their primary concern may not be obtaining detailed information about the incident.
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Seeking a workers’ comp settlement can become more difficult with inaccurate information or an insufficiently detailed medical history. Workers’ compensation insurance companies and their defense lawyers will make every effort to discredit the injured person and the circumstances of the work accident. For these reasons, Strong Law Offices immediately obtains medical records and accident reports and Form 45s to develop a consistency of the history, and to review those initial histories with its clients at the outset of representation to clarify any inconsistencies that may appear in the history portions of their medical records.
Repetitive Stress/Repetitive Trauma Injury Claims
Neck, back and spinal cord injuries caused by repetitive stress are accepted as compensable claims under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and the corresponding case law. However, these claims are often much more difficult to develop. Expert testimony and/or testimony from the treating physicians and surgeons are often required to establish a repetitive trauma injury.
Our first objective is to understand the client’s job description and duties. By obtaining medical records and reviewing medical history, we can often determine the point in time when the condition manifested itself as a result of a work-related condition. The point of manifestation is a heavily litigated point of law in workers’ compensation.
We also seek information from treating physicians to determine whether there is a relationship between the repetitive stress injury and the condition that has been treated and diagnosed. We also obtain expert witness testimony from various medical practitioners such as occupational medicine physicians, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and neurologists to determine whether or not there are opinions that exist that can causally connect the injury to the job.
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For more information about seeking workers’ comp benefits, contact an attorney from our law offices in Peoria, Springfield, Bloomington, Decatur and Chicago. Call us at 312-736-8681.
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