Posts From April, 2020

Why Filling Out Your Workers’ Comp Paperwork on Your Own is a Bad Idea

When you’ve been injured on the job, it’s time to file a workers’ compensation claim. This claim covers the cost of the treatment you need and provides financial assistance if you’re unable to return to work for an extended period of time. However, like all claims, your workers’ comp claim first must be approved by your local workers’ compensation board. If the claim is rejected, you can appeal, but during that time, you will be responsible for paying all of your medical bills. If you’re unable to work, you won’t have any money coming in during the appeals process, either.

Many Workers’ Comp Claims Are Denied Because of Incorrect Paperwork

One of the biggest reasons claims are denied is because the paperwork isn’t submitted correctly. These forms can be fairly complex, and if you’ve never filed a workers’ comp before, you may feel overwhelmed. This is why it’s important that you work with someone who understands the forms and the entire workers’ comp process.

Your Claim Must Be Submitted on Time

You need to understand exactly when your workers’ comp paperwork needs to be filed and what additional documentation needs to be turned in with it. If you miss your deadline, your entire claim may be dismissed without anyone even looking at it. Working with an expert will ensure you know when these deadlines are and that you have everything turned in on time.

Your Paperwork is Missing Additional Records or Information

Besides your application, you’ll need to have information from your doctors, witness testimony, and other information. All of these documents will need to be included with your application. In some cases, you may be asked to sign a document that allows the workers’ comp insurance agent and others involved to contact your doctor directly for information. If you miss signing this permission form, it can delay the entire process. Working with someone familiar with the process means you won’t miss these simple things. You’ll sign all the correct pages, initial where needed, and date everything correctly.

The team at Maximum Orthopedics has assisted many people with their workers’ comp paperwork. If you’re new to the process and need some help, contact them today.

  • Posted on: Apr 29 2020
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Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can leave you hurting or even unable to do a number of basic things, including combing your hair and driving. We use our shoulders a lot more than you may realize, which is why pain in this area of the body can be so debilitating. If you understand some of the common causes of shoulder pain, though, you’ll be able to avoid hurting yourself. Here are some of these causes.

A Rotator Cuff Tear

When one of the tendons in the rotator cuff is torn, it can cause pain. Often, this pain occurs at night when you’re trying to sleep, and it can make it difficult to rest. If you lift your arm up over your head and it hurts, it’s a good sign you’re dealing with a rotator cuff tear. This tear may have been caused by a fall or other accident. It can also be caused by repetitive motions. Normally, some rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication will heal the tear, but you may also need corticosteroid injections or, in extreme cases, surgery.

Other Rotator Cuff Damages

While a tear is very common, there are other injuries that can affect the rotator cuff. Tendonitis, for example, is quite common. Straining the rotator cuff is also fairly simple to do, especially if you’re lifting heavy objects up above your head or play sports that require you to use your shoulder a lot, such as tennis. Tendonitis and bursitis, which is similar, can also usually be healed by simply resting the shoulder and using ice. Generally, these conditions clear up within a couple of weeks. If they don’t, however, it’s time to see a doctor.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs as the cartilage in the shoulder starts to break down. This makes it more difficult for the shoulder to move, making it stiff and painful to do certain activities. If you have osteoarthritis in your shoulder, you may find it becomes harder and harder to reach your hand up and behind your head and back. Something as simple as putting on a belt may become very difficult because you can’t guide it through all of the loops in your pants. For some people, osteoarthritis comes on gradually over the years. For others, an injury to the shoulder starts the process. Either way, you will usually treat it with ice and anti-inflammatory medication, but advanced osteoarthritis may require joint replacement surgery.

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The experts here at Maximum Orthopedics have years of experience managing shoulder pain. We can help determine the cause of your pain and work with you to treat it. Contact us today to make an appointment.

  • Posted on: Apr 15 2020
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