Herniated Disks And Other Workplace Back Injuries
A bulging or herniated disk occurs when the jelly-like substance in a disk is forced out through tears or cracks in the disk, causing it to bulge, rupture or break into fragments. This injury can be caused by a heavy strain on the back, or by repeated strain on the back due to lifting or exposure to vibration. A herniated disk can cause pain, weakness, and in some cases, a condition called sciatica, in which intense pain radiates outward from the disk and down a leg.
Suffering from a bulging or herniated disk caused by a workplace accident? We can help. Call us, the experienced attorneys at Berger & Michelena: 800-488-4813.
If you engage in lifting activities as part of your job and you suffer a herniated disk because of those work activities, you may be entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Insurance companies routinely reject such claims however, usually by denying the existence of the herniated disk. You may need the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to get the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
Bulging And Herniated Disk Compensation Lawyers
At Berger & Michelena, we are dedicated to helping injured workers get all of the workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to receive. If your claim has been denied, or you have been told by a doctor that you are able to go back to work even if you can’t, we will take action to protect your rights and help you obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
An X-Ray Is Not Sufficient To Diagnose A Herniated Disk
Your employer may have referred you to a medical provider network such as Concentra or U.S. HealthWorks. The physician who examined you may have ordered an X-ray to determine if you are injured. If you do have a herniated disk, there’s only one problem with this and it’s a big one: an X-ray cannot indicate whether you have a herniated disk or not. The company clinic doctor ends up serving the interests of the workers’ compensation insurance company rather than those of injured workers.
To counter these tactics, our law firm can help you obtain an MRI in another medical examination conducted by an objective physician. An MRI and other tests can show that your injury is real. Berger & Michelena will then use this and other information to build a strong and successful case for you.