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Treating an injured worker: Detailed medical records key in workers’ comp cases

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I’m continuing today with my series of tips for healthcare professionals who are treating injured or disabled workers.

Knowing more about how workers’ compensation laws are structured in North Carolina will help healthcare professionals attend to the other needs of injured workers during the course of medical treatment.

You can find other entries in this series here:

Now for today’s tip:

  • Keep detailed records of the patient’s treatment and any conversations you have about the injuries. Detailed medical records, which accurately reflect the patient’s symptoms, treatment and the progression of their recovery, are crucial in workers’ compensation claims. Many cases end up in litigation simply because medical records lack details or are ambiguous.

 

 

 

 

Treating injured workers presents unique challenges for healthcare professionals

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At some point in their medical practice, most healthcare workers will treat a patient who was injured on the job.

But many doctors, physicians’ assistants and nurses find that while they can help these patients with their medical problems and physical recovery, treating someone with a work injury presents a unique set of challenges – not all of them medical. 

Indeed, injured workers and their families must deal with a host of issues as they try to heal and rebuild their lives after being hurt on the job. There are emotional and financial burdens, and a seemingly endless amount of bureaucratic red tape to navigate when filing a workers’ compensation claim.

Additionally, injured workers face tremendous external pressure from family members, coworkers, employers and insurance companies to return to work so they can start earning a paycheck again. It’s also not unusual for injured workers to pressure themselves to return to work before they’re physically ready because they feel obligated to do so or feel “less than” because they’re out of work and collecting unemployment benefits. 

When we started the Deuterman Law Group six years ago, one of our founding principles was that we would treat clients as people, not as cases, and that we would attend to the whole person. It’s our job to ensure not only that our clients receive the maximum workers’ compensation and medical benefits available to them, but also to assist them as they adjust to a new “normal” following an injury.

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Simple Ergonomics Can Prevent Construction Injuries

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Getting injured on the job has a costly ripple effect that hurts the worker and the employer’s bottom
line. It means lost work time, workers’ compensation expenses and other hefty bills.

Not all injuries can be prevented, of course. But there are some pretty easy ways to stop painful and serious injuries in the construction industry, which has more than its fair share of job-related injuries.

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Recovering From Back Surgery May Take Longer Than You Think

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After suffering from pain for weeks or months after an injury from a car or a work-related accident, many people look forward to the relief from pain that back surgery will provide. Being able to return to normal, everyday activities, such as lifting a box, driving a car, or sitting or standing for long periods of time, without pain is the goal of most back surgery.

However, many people are surprised that post-surgery, the pain doesn’t subside as quickly as they would like and that the return back to normal life doesn’t happen automatically.

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Back Health: Common Surgeries For Treating Back Pain, Back Injuries

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While many back injuries can be treated with rest, physical therapy and/or anti-inflammatory medication, some injuries are best treated with back surgery.

The prospect of back surgery can be frightening and confusing, to be sure. Surgery and other treatments may involve risks and complications and require extended recovery time. In this installment of the Deuterman Law Group’s Back Health blog series, we hope to alleviate some of those concerns by explaining what happens in the various back surgery procedures.

If you’re wondering what you’ll experience during and after your surgery, be sure to educate yourself by talking with your doctor, ask lots of questions and consult other resources, such as the Web sites we refer to in this blog entry.

Remember, thousands of people undergo back surgery each year, and advancements in the field of back health now provide a range of treatment options including inpatient surgery and outpatient procedures.

We’ll explain a few here:

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Back Health: Understanding Common Back Injuries

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Oh my aching back!

I don’t know a single person who hasn’t uttered that phrase at some point in life.

So you know that a back injury can be extremely painful. It can happen – snap your fingers – just like that. And when you injure your back, it can stop you in your tracks – prevent you from working, limit your movements, make sleep difficult, make walking difficult, make surviving daily life difficult.

In the first installment of the Deuterman Law Group’s Back Health series, we talked about the anatomy of the spine and the types of pain you might experience as the result of a back injury.

Today, we’re focusing on the most common types of back injuries — sprains, soft-tissue injuries, bulging discs and herniated discs – and the typical course of treatment for each.

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Your Guide to Back Health and Back Injuries

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Many people throughout their lives will suffer from back pain, resulting from a variety of causes and injuries.

Understanding the medical terminology doctors use in diagnosing and treating the causes of back pain can be confusing. While its always your right to ask your doctor for clarification, some patients may not feel comfortable asking a busy physician to take more time to explain things in simpler terms.

This series of blogs, entitled Back Health, is designed for injured people seeking more information about common back injuries, including symptoms and treatments. And we’ve attempted to explain things in simple terms, so you won’t need a medical degree to understand what’s going on with your back.

Read on for the first installment in our Back Health Series. This one focuses on the anatomy of the spine.

Please remember, this information is for educational purposes only. If you are suffering from back pain, please consult a doctor. Do not try to treat yourself.

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Recovering from a back injury

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Associated Press reporter Andrew Welsh-Huggins writes about his experiences with a back injury and his successful — though lengthy — recovery.

It’s an interesting article that shows just how debilitating back injuries can be. The writer, a distance runner, outlines his long recovery and also highlights some of the realities of back injuries:

  • The most common type of pain reported by adults in the United States, with more than one in four reporting some back pain lasting at least a day in the past three months. Eight of every 10 people in the United States will suffer from lower back pain at one point in their lives.
  • The most common reason injured workers file for workers’ compensation claims, accounting for about one in every five U.S. claims for workers’ compensation.
  • The leading cause of disability in the United States military.
  • The leading cause of disability in people under age 45 and the third-leading cause in people older than that, after cancer and heart problems. One study found that two of every three people aged 20 to 60 reported some type of spinal pain in a given year.
  • The leading cause of missed work time or doctor’s visits after headaches and cold symptoms.