A difficult workers compensation injury
In workers compensation cases, neck injury occurs very often. Work injuries to the neck can be caused by falling, hyperextension of the neck, or whiplash of the neck. Work accidents involving injury to the neck are very dangerous because the pain cain radiate down your entire body and affect many other body parts. It is very common for this type of work accident to cause pain to radiate to your shoulders and back. Also, this type of workers compensation accident often causes headaches and psychological injury which is a compensable consequence under workers compensation laws.
In workers compensation, we use the DRE method to determine how much permanent impairment has been caused to the neck. Under the DRE method, one can have 0-28% of permanent impairment because of a work accident involving the neck.
However, some neck injuries are very severe and you can be provided a rating which can be higher under Almaraz Guzman. Under Almaraz Guzman, the workers compensation doctor makes a more personalized determination as to the amount of permanent impairment an injured worker may have.
In order to make sure that your workers compensation reports are fair and based off the correct method of determining permanent impairment, you need a workers compensation attorney to evaluate all of your medical records.
Future Medical Care
Work injuries to the neck can require a wide variety of different treatments and evaluations. The neck has seven vertebrae and in between each vertebrae is an intervertebral disc. If you sustain a serious workers compensation injury, then the intervertebral disc may have protruded into the area of your spinal canal.
If the disc is not encroaching on the exiting nerve roots of the spinal canal, then you may be entitled to receive therapy, medications and injections as part of your workers compensation case.
However, if the disc is touching the exiting nerve root of the spinal canal, then you may need a surgery to remove the disc from the exiting nerve roots. These surgeries require a 4-6 day hospital stay and are very expensive.
You should contact our workers compensation attorney if you have sustained a work injury to your neck. You need to ensure you receive maximum compensation for your neck injury as it can impact the rest of your life.