What is my case worth ? Am I going to receive a good compensation for my workers comp injury?
This question get asked a lot by clients and prospective clients. What I tell them is, “Every case is different ! ”
The value of a case is directly related to how much it will cost the insurance company to continue paying for medical treatment and income benefits. If you injured your neck or back, haven’t missed more than 7 days of work, and have been released to “full-duty” by your insurance doctor, the case is not going to be very valuable.
The cost of future medical care is the biggest variable in evaluating the ‘value’ of a case for settlement. A case where a major surgery has been ordered is very different from a case where the doctor has dismissed the patient from care. But the amount of a workers’ weekly checks will also have a significant impact on what a company is willing to offer.
Neck Injuries and Pain following an Accident
There are a number of medical conditions that can cause lower back pain. For this reason, it can be difficult to prove that a back injury is work-related. Sprains and strains are the most common injury to the lower back. These injuries are usually caused by stretched or torn ligaments, tendons or muscles. These injuries are caused by improper lifting, twisting the body while lifting, or lifting something that is too heavy.
Herniated or ruptured discs and disc degeneration happen as a result of aging. These conditions can be worsened by strains and improper lifting over a period of time. Sciatica is the compression of the spinal nerve root. It can cause severe pain that radiates from the back to the leg. Pinched nerves occur when the nerve is pinched between a back disc and bone which can occur during some types of movement.
Back pain can range from mild to severe and may be temporary or chronic. Care and treatment depend on the cause and severity of the injury. A doctor will examine your back and take x-rays and other tests to determine the cause of the problem. In some cases, the back will heal after medication and relaxation. Other patients may require ongoing treatment and therapy. In some instances, a patient may require surgery to repair the damage.
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What to Do If You Suffer a Neck Injury at Work
A back injury can be debilitating. The first thing to do is report the injury to your supervisor or human resources. It is best to visit the doctor as soon as possible after the injury. Be sure to explain exactly what you were doing when the injury occurred. Follow the doctor’s orders to ensure that your back injury will heal properly. It is likely that you will need to be off of work for a period of time. You should inform your employer and a workers’ compensation claim should be filed. Workers’ compensation will provide you a portion of your regular pay while you are unable to work due to an on-the-job injury.
Often by the time a case is in settlement negotiations, many of the small but important decisions that will affect a case’s settlement value have already been made. That is why an attorney can often do more to help increase the settlement value of a case if he or she is involved earlier rather than later. If you need maximizing your workers compensation case, give us a call at 404.917.9174