Spine surgery is sometimes the doctor-recommended solution to repair damage or relieve chronic pain resulting from an on-the-job injury.
Many workers’ comp clients at The Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm seek or undergo this sometimes operation. It is our task to ensure the procedure is paid for by your employer.
Often we must convince a workers’ compensation insurance company that the surgery is medically necessary and should be covered. Or, in the rare reverse situation, we oppose a spinal fusion that the insurer advocates in hopes of resolving your pain and finalizing your claim.
In either case, we put our full knowledge gained in over ten years of injury law practice on your side.
Spinal fusion permanently connects two or more vertebrae in your spine. A surgeon places bone from another part of your body, or a bonelike substance, into the space between two spinal vertebrae. Metal plates, screws and rods may be used to hold the vertebrae together. When they heal, the vertebrae form a single bone. This changes the way the spine moves and, hopefully, reduces or eliminates pain.
Historically, spinal fusion was used mostly to correct deformities. In recent years, the number of spinal fusions to improve stability or reduce back pain has skyrocketed, particularly among workplace accident victims.
Spinal fusion is often a last resort, recommended only after physical therapy and pain medications have failed to produce optimal results. It is used to treat broken vertebrae and spinal instability, particularly after removal of a herniated disc. Lately, it is being used to relieve chronic lower back pain that is not linked to a specific disorder.
The surgery has risks, and it is not always successful. It is vital to discuss the surgery in detail with your surgeon.
If spinal fusion is deemed the best course of action, The Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm vigorously pursues coverage for the surgery through workers’ compensation. We document your diagnosis, past treatments and potential benefits. We rely on experts to prove that surgery is the right course for getting you back to work.
We also ensure you understand the potential risks and outcomes and that you have access to the best medical care.
For a full assessment of your case and a candid discussion with an attorney experienced in handling spinal fusion cases, contact The Ryan E. Murphy Law Firm, LLC online or at 417-888-0000. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation.
You pay no fee until our firm recovers benefits for you.