Spinal Cord Injuries at Work

Posted: February 20th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Back Injury, Illinois workers comp, Personal Injury, Spinal cord injury | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

spinal cord injuryEmployees of all kinds can be injured at work, from working at a manual labor job to reaching for a high shelf and straining back muscles in a corporate job. That is why workers’ compensation benefits exist. If you are injured on the job, you may be entitled to these benefits.

The central nervous system is made up of the spinal cord and the brain; the spinal cord sends and receives all information between the brain and all other organs in the body. If the spinal cord is injured, the brain’s communication pathway to the rest of the body is impaired.

Injury can occur from disease in the spinal cord or surrounding bones, tissues, or blood vessels, along with various physical damages, according to the New York Times Health Guide.

Safety precautions tend not to be geared towards workplace injuries, but it is still likely that a spinal cord can be injured or a previous injury can be made worse at work. If the spinal cord has been weakened from bone disease or age, minor injuries can also cause serious damage.

Direct injury may occur from:

  • Cuts from bone fragments or metal fragments;
  • The spinal cord being moved in irregular ways such as being pulled, pressed sideways, or compressed;
  • Buildup of blood or other fluid that may cause swelling in or around the spinal cord, creating pressure.

If you are concerned that your spinal cord has been injured or you have risk factors that may lead to spinal cord injury, you should visit your doctor. Exams can be done on your brain and nervous system to identify an injury and its location.

After being injured at work, it is important to seek medical attention. If you find that you have an injury to your spinal cord, contact a workers’ compensation attorney to help you file a claim against the person at fault for the accident.


Illinois workers’ compensation for repetitive stress injuries

Posted: April 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Back Injury, stress injury, Workers compensation attorney | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

lucyInjuries caused by performing the same motion over and over again are called repetitive stress injuries. Repetitive stress injuries include, but are not limited to the following:

  • bursitis
  • carpal tunnel
  • tendinitis
  • DeQuervain’s tenosynovitis

Repetitive stress injuries can be caused by non-strenuous activities like typing or other physical activities such as lifting heavy objects. If you suspect that you have fallen victim to a similar injury, see a doctor and tell your employer immediately.

If you have suffered from a repetitive stress injury that was not caused by your job, but may be aggravated by your job, you may still receive benefits. Although your insurance company may deny your claim, you should still file a claim if you have worsening symptoms due to your job. If your benefits are denied, having an attorney can make a big difference. There are, however, deadlines that must be followed, so don’t take too much time to decide if you would like to file a claim.

Under the Illinois workers’ compensation system, repetitive stress injuries are covered for workers. The coverage is 100% and includes all medical benefits to cover diagnosis and treatment costs such as surgery and also physical therapy that is related to the injury from work. Injured workers are also eligible for compensation of lost wages for the time that they may be out due to their injury. Permanent injuries have additional benefits as well.

If you are filing a workers’ compensation suit, contact a workers’ compensation attorney for assistance. Attorneys at the Law Offices of Francis J Discipio in Illinois can help you file your lawsuit today.


Yoga as an Alternative to Pain Pills in Workers Comp Cases

Posted: March 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Back Injury, Slip and Fall, Workers Comp | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Yoga is an ancient religious discipline that originated in ancient India.  Yet, it has been shown to have many benefits beyond enhancing spirituality through meditation.  The practice is used by contemporaries to alleviate health issues, reduce stress and improve flexibility.

Now it is becoming an alternative kind of pain management for those suffering from injuries suffered at work.  This can try to solve a problem that is caused by the current treatment for pain.  Pain pill addiction is a serious problem for people who are recovering from injuries which can be avoided in some cases with yoga.  In some cases, opioid drugs can cause conditions to deteriorate as the drugs lose effectiveness.

The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine says that yoga can help lessen chronic lower back pain, persistent pain and arthritic hands, according to the director of ACOEM, Christopher Wolfkiel.  Goals for service providers are to improve patients ability to cope with pain, increasing physical functioning as well as addressing emotional conditions to ensure a more productive lifestyle.

Rehabilitation is an integral part of getting back to a productive and happy life after an injury at work.  It is necessary to have the time and funds necessary to complete programs that may or may not include yoga as a form of therapy.  Workers compensation benefits can bridge the gap between a work-related injury to ensure that you can continue providing for your family.  If you have been injured in an accident on the job, contact a knowledgeable workers comp attorney in