Posts From August, 2020

Why is Whiplash So Dangerous?

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries people get from a car accident. It occurs when the head is forced forward, then whipped backwards suddenly. It can damage the tendons, ligaments, and tissue found in the neck and spine. Unfortunately, this damage can be quite severe. But it’s only one of the reasons why whiplash is so dangerous.

It’s an Invisible Injury

When you have a cut, a bruise, a broken bone, or other obvious injuries, the medical team at the scene of the accident knows to treat them. These injuries are obvious to any doctor or medical professional. Whiplash, however, it’s easy to quickly diagnose. It’s not something that is immediately visible to a first responder or even to a doctor. It’s also not something you may notice right away. Your adrenaline rush can easily cover any of the pain from whiplash. The pain may not even appear after that initial rush. You may not feel whiplash pain for several days.

Primary Care Doctors Aren’t Experts in the Neck and Spine

Another reason whiplash is so dangerous is that primary care doctors often miss it or don’t know what to look for. They’re not experts in treating injuries of the neck and spine. While many will suggest you see an orthopedic specialist, not all doctors will, especially if they think your neck is fine. If you’re not feeling any pain and there’s no obvious damage, they may not recognize that you have whiplash.

Whiplash Symptoms Can Last for Years

In most cases, whiplash only lasts a few months. You’ll recover without any type of surgery, though seeing a chiropractor can help. However, if you have more than mild damage and it’s not addressed, it’s possible you will experience symptoms for months or even years. It could turn into chronic pain that impacts your ability to enjoy life.

This potential for long-term damage coupled with the fact that whiplash isn’t always easy to diagnose means that you need to seek an expert opinion after a car accident. If you know you experienced whiplash, called Maximum Orthopedics today. Our experts know exactly what to look for and how to treat this condition.

  • Posted on: Aug 25 2020
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Will Quitting Your Job Affect an Ongoing Workers’ Comp Case?

Dealing with an injury that occurred while working can be stressful. While the workers’ comp process is designed to ensure that you have the funds to cover all medical costs and make certain you’re not under undue financial stress while you can’t work, it’s not a process that many people understand. It’s also a process that can become derailed if the paperwork isn’t submitted correctly or on time. Fortunately, one thing you won’t have to worry over is your employment status.

The Connection Between Employment and Workers’ Comp

If you have to leave your job due to the injuries you sustained or because you’ve decided you no longer wish to work with your employer, it won’t impact your ability to have workers’ comp pay for your medical bills. Once the case has been filed, it no longer ties you to your employer. In fact, it’s not unusual for injured employees to leave their job if their injuries were severe.

However, while workers’ comp will still cover your medical bills, there is a chance that you will lose the option for vocational rehabilitation. Workers comp may pay for you to go through rehab so you can return to your job. It may also pay for you to learn a new job if your injuries were so severe you can’t return to doing the work you once did. However, if you change jobs on your own, you may no longer have that option.

Temporary Disability Payments May Also Be Affected

If you’re unable to return to work, your employer will pay likely pay you temporary disability. This money is to help you make end meet until you return to work. If you quit your job, however, it’s possible your former employer could stop those payments. If you leave for a new job that pays less than what you currently make and the reason is due to your injuries, you may receive a partial disability. This area can become very murky, so it’s best you have a legal professional on your side who is very familiar with workers’ compensation laws.

Maximum Orthopedics is here to help you with all of your workers’ comp paperwork and medical needs. If you need to make a claim, we can help. Contact us today to set up a meeting.

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2020
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