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What is an Expedited Hearing in Workers Comp?

What is an Expedited Hearing in Workers Comp?

An expedited hearing on Workers Comp is a myth in my opinion. It doesn’t really happen.

Usually, when lawyers talk about expedited hearings and Workers Compensation cases they are talking about setting up the hearing as soon as they can to try and get your medical bills paid, a medical procedure preapproved, or to start getting you paid while you are off work (that’s called TTD).

Those are good goals. Injured workers need to be treated so they can get back to work as soon as possible. Injured workers can’t live with no income. And the Worker’s Compensation Act in Illinois provides that these are things that injured workers are entitled to. But more and more Workers Compensation insurance companies are discovering that they are getting away with cutting off benefits in the state of Illinois. Remember, insurance wants to make money by collecting premiums and refusing to pay bills.

So Workers Comp lawyer sets up an expedited hearing. But what does “expedited” mean?

If you look it up in the dictionary, expedited means something that’s rushed or done right away. But the way the Commission works, you are lucky if you get an expedited hearing in six weeks. Very rarely, you can get a hearing sooner than that. Sometimes it takes even longer.

I don’t know about you, but if I didn’t have any income in six weeks that would cause me a lot of stress. If I needed back surgery and was in daily pain and I had to wait six or eight weeks for an answer as to whether I could hear the surgery, I would not be happy. It isn’t fair. It defeats the purpose of the Worker’s Compensation Act in my opinion. You are to have an answer within a week or two on such questions as this.

But the Judges (called Arbitrators) over at the Commission deserve a vacation now and again. They have lots of cases on their calls. They only hear cases on scheduled dates every month. They have cases that go to trial, and hundreds of lawyers who want to talk to them. It is not an easy job. They can’t do everything. They are human beings who are doing their best. And the State of Illinois does not have enough money to hire more of them.

Just be aware that getting in front of an arbitrator on a request for Workers Comp expedited hearing pursuant to 19(b) or 8(a) is oftentimes not something that can happen right away. Don’t be so mad at your lawyer.

You should also be aware that sometimes the judge will convert the expedited hearing into a full hearing. If that happens, your case is going to trial and your lawyer has to have all his ducks in a row – all of your medical bills and records and oftentimes, a deposition of your main treating doctor. It can take a lot of time to organize all their trial material and to get a doctor’s deposition.

So keep in mind that even if you can get in front of the arbitrator, will your lawyer have had enough time to assemble and organize all the stuff he needs to win your case? Do you want an expedited hearing and then lose it? If it takes a couple extra weeks to get the case truly ready for trial, that is the better move rather than rushing to an expedited hearing where the judge will continue the hearing anyway because the doctor’s deposition is not okay.

Like so many things in life expedited hearings and Workers Compensation seem like they should happen right away and they should be simple. But nothing in the law is simple.

What is simple is that you deserve a lawyer who will explain the sorts of things to you and will talk to you on the telephone when you need answers. If you’ve been involved in a Workers Comp case and you need help right away, give me a call. I’d be happy to send you a copy of my DVD which explains your rights or to give you a free case evaluation, or both.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Car Accident Against Allstate

Car Accident Against Allstate

Car accident insurance companies like Allstate rarely treat injured people fairly. That’s true even when you are dealing with your own insurance company.

After several years of litigation, I recently took one of my client’s car accident case to the hearing and we just got the results. We ended up with a good amount of money for the client. But Allstate insurance company fought us tooth and nail every step of the way.

In our case, the car accident happened when the defendant made a left turn into my client’s car while she was driving with her two young daughters in the backseat. My client ended up with a herniated disc in her neck, a lot of therapy, and some permanent pain in her neck. This was not terrible, debilitating pain, but it made her everyday activities harder for her to do and with young kids in the house many of us know how an extra neck or back pain can make everyday activities something to address.

The young man driving the car had a very small insurance policy and we were able to collect that money. However, my client was insured with Allstate insurance company. They hired two separate doctors who never examined my client. These doctors looked at her medical records and said that she should have been in pain for a couple of weeks and otherwise, there was no reason for her complaints of pain from her car accident.

I think it is absolutely terrible for Allstate insurance company to hire two doctors to write reports calling their own insured (my client) a liar. What else would you call what they did? Their doctors said that my client should have sustained an injury of about four weeks from the car accident. They basically said that she was lying about her pain and problems.

But she continues to be in pain in her neck to this day. All of her doctors agree that her injuries were a result of the car accident. She was in active medical treatment for a year and a half. And she has permanent on and off nagging pain in her neck.

Allstate never offered a penny. They never even wanted to discuss settlement. I guess they decided that calling their own insured a liar and trying to do character assassination on her was a better move. Remember, this is a woman whose car and home are insured with Allstate. She sends them premiums every month for their insurance coverage. She was rewarded with insults and delay. They could have a made a fair offer in her car accident case. Instead, they forced us to try the case before an arbitration panel of three Judges.

Going to a hearing like that can be stressful. My client was nervous and she was afraid that we would not win. But I was confident and I pulled out all the stops to make sure the Arbitrators understood what was going on. The case was not easy and the facts were not perfect. It was a fight.

I am happy to say that we did recover pretty good money for her for her injuries. Nothing is going to erase the ongoing problems she has with her neck. But in this car accident case, we at least one a moral victory and put some money in her pocket.

If you need to speak with a car accident lawyer, give me a call at 312-895-0545.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Missing Work Because of a Car Crash

Missing Work Because of a Car Crash

If you have been involved in a car crash recently, you might be interested in speaking with a lawyer who handles personal injury cases. But, many people are hesitant to speak with a lawyer when they have a question because they aren’t sure that they really want to hire a lawyer, and they are afraid that the car crash lawyer they call will want to charge a fee or be angry if they aren’t ready to hire a lawyer.

Nothing could be further from the truth. I, like almost all lawyers, offer a free case evaluation. That means we can talk on the telephone or face to face about your questions and the details of your car accident and your injuries. There is never a charge for things like this. I talk to people all the time and answer their questions and there is never any problem or issue. The truth is, I am happy to help answer questions, and I even wrote a book and created a video DVD, which I offer for free to anyone who has been involved in an accident or has been injured, no matter how.

So, a common question is: what do you do if you have been injured in a car accident and you cannot work? Really, the question usually is “How can I keep paying my bills if I cannot go to work?”

In Workers’ Compensation cases, we can usually get TTD payments (Total Temporary Disability) weekly to keep money coming in.

But in car crash cases, there is no provision in the law for weekly or monthly payments to immediately replace a salary. Your options are making sure you are covered by a disability policy personally and/or at work, relying on savings and the help of your family, or as a last resort, considering a lawsuit loan.

I always caution my clients to consider their situation very carefully before taking out a lawsuit loan. those companies really help injured people who are in a very tough spot. But the cost of the loans is very expensive and the interest rates are high. And, there are some companies which are better than others, as far as rates and how easy it is for me to work with them at the end of your case. Lawsuit loan companies never loan money unless a reliable, well-known lawyer is involved in the case. This is because lawsuit loan companies want a case accepted by a lawyer to kind of guarantee that the case is okay.

If you have been involved in a car crash or any kind of injury, and you have questions, please feel free to give me a call. Or you can call my toll-free telephone number (1-888-HURT-318) to get a free copy of my informational DVD and book which explains your rights.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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How To Win A Case Against Allstate Car Insurance?

How To Win A Case Against Allstate Car Insurance?

Allstate is a very popular car insurance company in Chicago and all over Illinois.

This is probably due to their expensive television marketing campaign (Allstate loves to spend money convincing consumers that they are “in good hands”). It is also trading on the relative good name it made for itself years ago, as a fair company who treated its customers and injured people with respect. Unfortunately, my experience is that Allstate does not treat people very fairly anymore.

Allstate has been voted ‘worst auto insurance company in America’ for its claims practices. It actively delays and denies claims even when they are valid claims. And, it ‘low balls’ injured people and pushes them into accepting tiny settlements before folks have a chance to talk to a good injury lawyer. Many of my clients have been messed around by Allstate.

So how do you win a case against Allstate Car Insurance? The same rules of good practice apply.

1. Always tell the truth and do not lie or try to exaggerate the crash, the accident, your injuries or your medical treatment.

2. Be careful giving recorded statements to Allstate investigators or signing paperwork Allstate sends to you.

3. Consider hiring an experienced injury attorney to fight Allstate for you. This is probably the best advice there is. The law is complicated and unless you have a lawyer who has gone to war with Allstate in the past, you will be at a big disadvantage.

4. Make sure you know and follow the rules and deadlines in personal injury cases and claims against Allstate. For example, in most car crash cases, you have 2 years to file a lawsuit. After that, it is too late.

5. Line up witnesses on your side. Allstate hates it when you are organized and you have witnesses who support your testimony regarding injuries, and how the accident happened, and your medical treatment.

6. Do not give up! Did you know that Allstate Insurance actually keeps track of the number of claims that people give up on because they meet resistance? That’s why all of the crummier insurance companies like Allstate make things hard for you as an injured person. They want you to abandon your claim and miss an important deadline. If you miss a deadline, Allstate keeps the money that should and could have been yours.

The most important thing you have to realize is that Allstate employs very experienced trial lawyers. These guys and gals can ruin even the best case. And they are not necessarily going to give you an even break or a fair chance. Their job is to terminate your case, period.

The Allstate insurance claims adjusters decide whether to offer money on a case, or whether to deny any payment. The lawyers themselves have no say in whether to make an offer or whether they can increase an offer. That is pretty crazy to me, but Allstate uses a computer program that tells them how much money to offer. Who your lawyer is, and their record against Allstate can play a role in how much of an offer you get or if you get an offer at all.

You cannot count on a Judge helping you (the Judge must remain impartial). You cannot count on Allstate or its lawyers being fair to you. All you can count on is the help of a good personal injury lawyer. Injury lawyers like me give free case evaluation, and there is no fee until we win. You should consider speaking with me right away. I may be able to give you some good advice, and I can definitely help you with a car crash case against Allstate.

Even in the most straightforward car crash cases, having an experienced injury lawyer is key.  My approach to cases is built entirely on the way claims practices evaluate cases.  Simply, in the claims stage, we leave no stone unturned in collecting your related medical bills and records and we present them to the insurance company in the proprietary way they require which helps you get fair value for the injuries you got in the car crash.

Then, our approach is informed by this reality:  Allstate Insurance, like all insurance companies, only offers fair value on a case if they know that they have something to worry about if the case is presented before a live Jury.  In other words, from ‘go’, we get the case ready for trial.  We line up the witnesses, prepare trial exhibits, and make sure that the case is as scary for Allstate as possible  Scary to them means a Jury will award you good compensation for the harm their insured caused.

The plain fact is this:  it is very unlikely that Allstate is going to be scared of you or your case without a lawyer on the case who they know will go all the way to trial if that’s what it takes.  That doesn’t mean we go to trial on every case; in fact, very few of our cases end up going to trial.  But that’s because we can scare the insurance company and get our clients a fair settlement.

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  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
  • How To ELIMINATE The Most Common Dirty Trick Insurance Companies Do!
  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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  • INCREASE Your Chance To WIN Your Injury Case!
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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

What Happens If A Doctor Finds Nothing Wrong With A Workers Comp Client?

What Happens If A Doctor Finds Nothing Wrong With A Workers Comp Client?

Workers Comp Doctor and the Case

In workers compensation cases, there is always the possibility that a workers comp doctor will find nothing wrong with a workers comp client.

Treating doctors are very important witnesses in every kind of injury case. But treating doctors, and what their opinions are, are of utmost importance to a workers comp client.

That’s because only a doctor can testify about the nature and extent of injury as well as causation. In workers comp cases, causation refers to a doctor’s opinion as to whether the injury is work-related. If an injury is not work-related, then you cannot recover for it in a workers comp case. So you see, every worker’s comp client must have a Dr. on their side to say that the injuries are a result of a work-related incident.

However, there are more doctors than just treating workers comp doctors that a workers comp client may encounter. These doctors are called IME doctors. IME stands for an independent medical examiner. But IME doctors are anything but independent. 100% of the time, these doctors are hired by an insurance company or the employer to minimize the injury sustained by the injured worker or to deny that the injury was sustained in a work-related accident.

Doesn’t this seem unfair to you? Why is it okay for the employer to hire a Dr. just to say that you and your treating Dr. are lying?

Fortunately, my experience is that the judges/arbitrators at the commission usually give more weight to what a treating doctor says rather than what an IME doctor says. That is not always the case. Some treating doctors for various reasons have earned a reputation for claiming every injury under the sun is related to work activities. On the other hand, many IME doctors have developed a similar reputation. It comes down to the specialty of the Dr. and their reputation. So a surgeon, who has received more education and has more expertise than a general practice Dr., will usually be believed over the general practice doctor.  A general practice doctor will be believed over a chiropractor.

So what happens if a Workers Comp doctor finds nothing wrong with the worker’s comp client?

That depends on what kind of doctor we are talking about. If your own treating Dr. says that there is nothing wrong with you, you are in trouble. Workers comp clients often agree to treat with a company doctor (a doctor hired by and recommended by the company).

A company recommended doctor has mixed loyalties, and will often release a patient before they are really ready to go back to work or will otherwise minimize the injuries. Having a good independent doctor who you choose and who is on your side is the smartest thing you can do in a workers comp case.

Here is how it works with a company doctor:  many times, the company doctor’s main source of patients are work injury patients sent by the Company or the Workers Comp insurance company.  So during treatment, the company doctors have a financial interest in relating your case to the work related injury and ordering medical care.  But once the doctor has rendered a bill and collected some money, he or she can start thinking about how to minimize the cost to the company.

Why?  Because the Company doctor wants more business in the future.  So if the company doctor sends you away while you need more help, that makes the Company happy because they are saving money, and if the insurance company is happy, the doctor naturally thinks that he will get more business from the Company.  And it usually works that way.  Go along to get along, but in this case, it is to the detriment of the injured worker, and I do not let this happen in Workers Comp cases in my office.

If you’re treating doctor and the company’s IME doctor disagree, there are usually several options.

First, if your lawyer thinks that you’re treating Dr. is credible, you can go to court and hope that the arbitrator decides that your Dr. is correct and the IME doctor is not correct.

You could also go see a specialist for a second opinion, and if they agree with you, you have a much better chance at trial.

Your worker’s compensation lawyer may also be able to get the company or workers comp insurance company to agree to a “tiebreaking doctor”. Of course, if the tiebreaker Workers Comp doctor agrees with the company, you have problems, so this can be a dangerous agreement to make.

No matter what your situation, make sure that you are treating with a Workers Comp doctor who is on your side and that you have a lawyer who understands your situation and will fight for you and your rights. Positioning cases in the circumstances about strategy, and it helps to hire an attorney with experience.

I offer free case evaluation and I never charge a fee until we went, so relax and call me. I am happy to help.

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  • Get EVERY DOLLAR The Law Allows!

Best of All,  You Can Download The Injury  "Cheat Sheet" RIGHT NOW and It's 100% Free and No Obligation

Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Fall Down Injury Cases

Fall Down Injury Cases

Fall down cases are very common, especially in places like Chicago where it snows a lot. But fall down injury cases involve a lot more than just people who fall on a slippery sidewalk.

Every year, thousands of people slip and fall inside of grocery stores, and retail stores all over the United States. Sometimes, these falls are random occurrences. But usually, they are because the store or the property owner or manager did not keep the store safe for people coming in there to do their shopping.

A common defense in fall down injury cases is that the person who fell should have been watching where they were going. But in a grocery store as on a crowded sidewalk, people do not normally walk down the street with their head down watching every step they take. No one walks like that. In fact, it would be dangerous to walk like that. When you walk, you have to try not to bump into other people. If you are in a grocery store, the store owner does everything in his or her power to make you look at the shelves so you will buy more products. After all, that is how the store owner makes money.

I have talked to many people who think that if they fall on someone else’s property, that automatically means that the property owner must pay their medical bills. This is absolutely 100% incorrect. There is no such law or requirement.

Instead, fall down cases are some of the most difficult kinds of injury cases to prove. In order to prove most fall down injury cases, we have to be able to prove what caused you to fall as well as proving how long the problem existed. That’s because we have to be able to show that the owner or manager of the property knew about the problem and did nothing to fix it or that the problem was there for so long that if they were managing their property properly, they would’ve or should have discovered it and fixed it.

I have represented people in fall down cases on sidewalks, on public property, private property, in grocery stores, liquor stores, convenience stores, and all sorts of facilities. Most people do not fall down spontaneously and for no reason. It is usually because the environment that they encounter is unsafe for some reason.  I have handled a lot of falls downstairs where a landlord paints stairs with slippery paint, or loose carpet makes stairs dangerous because when somebody steps on the carpeted steps, the carpeting shifts and slides under their feet causing them to lose balance, and dark stairways make it hard to see the dangerous condition to protect yourself from it.

The important thing to remember is this area of the law is much more complicated than most folks understand. And most defense attorneys who defend these cases are specialists in the area. So if you have been injured in a fall, it is essential that you hire a lawyer who has lots of experience in fall down cases and understands all the law cases so that your lawyer will know the evidence he or she needs to prove your case.

I am approaching my second decade of practice representing injured people. I have handled literally hundreds of fall down cases. If you have fallen on someone else’s property due to a problem or defect on the property, please call me. I offer a free case evaluation and I can set your mind at ease. Within just a minute or two I will be able to tell you how strong your cases and what the next step should be. And I charge no fee unless I win your case. So if you have a case like this, please call me right away at 312-895-0545.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Slip And Fall Injury – They Want a Recorded Statement

Slip And Fall Injury – They Want a Recorded Statement

I have represented a lot of people who have been injured in a slip and fall. In every kind of case, the insurance company wants a recorded statement, whether it is a slip and fall injury or car accident.  No matter the kind of case, they want a recorded statement.  Why?

Think about it for a second:  they are already talking to you on the phone.  Why do they need a recorded statement?  They know the basics of what happened?

They want a recorded statement in your slip and fall injury case because they want to PIN YOU DOWN.  In other words, they want to get you to commit to a particular sequence of what happened. Then, if you change it later or remember something later, they can say that you are lying and deny your claim.

hey also want a recorded statement in your fall down injury case because they are going to ask you LEADING QUESTIONS.  Leading questions are questions where you “lead” the witness into answering the way you want.  These insurance adjusters use outlines created by lawyers.  These are not innocent questions, asked in a neutral way.  They are biased questions meant to lead you into saying something that will hurt your case.  That’s why they always try to get a statement BEFORE you talk to a lawyer.  Good injury lawyers know the tricks and can protect you.

I never let my clients give recorded statements, and I tell everyone who calls my office not to give them.  In my experience, they rarely are being used honestly by the insurance company.  They are almost always used to justify NOT making a reasonable offer to settle.  So why should we help them?  I’ve settled thousands of cases over the years, and none of those required recorded statements.

So if you have been injured in a slip and fall, you should NOT give a recorded statement.  The other thing you should do is speak with a lawyer.  These cases are very tough.  They are much more complicated than many people think.  Without a skilled lawyer on your side, you do not stand much of a chance at getting a fair result.

I have gotten substantial results for clients in slip and fall cases.  No case is the same and this is not a promise I can do the same for you, but I have gotten $400,000 for a lady who had to have surgery after a slip and fall at a condo, and over $120,000 for a lady with a broken ankle and chipped tooth who fell at a school.  These cases can have good value, but you have to have someone who has experience in these kinds of cases.

I offer a free case evaluation, so give me a call right now to talk about your slip and fall injury.  Many time, people think a lawyer is going to be pushy or rude, but I am not.  I like to have a nice, friendly relationship with my clients, and that means respect for you.  Thanks for reading, and I look forward to working with you.

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Testimonials

"Hiring Scott was one of the best moves I have made in my life.   Scott is a down to earth person and attorney.  Scott is a 5 star first class act who really knows his stuff.   The Judge said his presentation was one of if not the best he had ever seen.   Take my advice, hire Scott. I’m sure you’ll be 200% satisfied.  I was."

Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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Struggling With Back Injury? Get the Help You Need.

No one other than people who have had a back injury will understand how a bad back affects everything you do. Standing up, sitting down, walking, even sleeping all become painful and unpleasant when you have a bad back.

If you’ve been injured and are suffering from back injuries, you probably have lots of questions. You’re probably worried about your future and whether this back injury is permanent.

If injury cases cannot be settled, they will be judged by a Jury. The only way to force an insurance company to pay you fair money for your back injury is to make sure that you build the strongest case you possibly can.

That may worry the insurance company and result in them taking your case seriously. That is why it is important for you to understand as much as you can about back injuries and back injury cases.

The Anatomy of the Back

Your spine is the frame or pillar that allows you to stand upright. It helps bear the weight of your body. However, it is also the tunnel through which all of your body’s nerves pass from your brain and branch out to the rest of your body.

Lawyers and doctors call your lower back the lumbar spine. The lumbar spine is made up of bony vertebrae. In between each bony vertebrate is a disk, which is soft and filled with gel. The disc acts like a shock absorber between the bony vertebrae.

But it also creates space between the bony vertebrae so that your nerves can branch out to all the parts of your body, like your legs. Without nerves, you would not be able to feel or move your legs.

Types of Back Injuries

Back injuries can involve fractures or breaks to the bony vertebrae. They can involve stretching the ligaments and tendons. But probably the most common back injury I see in my law practice is an injury to the disc.

Whether it is a bulging disc or a herniated disc, when a disk is injured, the height between the bony vertebrae is reduced. Think of a flat tire on a bicycle. This can cause your nerves to get pinched. Pinched nerves can cause numbness, tingling, a lot of pain and even paralysis.

The more severe the nerve impingement, the more important it is to get medical treatment right away to avoid permanent consequences.

Some back injuries involve actual broken bones — fracture of the bony vertebrae. With this kind of back injury, pain and disability/inability to walk is almost instant after the crash or accident.

But the vast majority of back injuries involve the softer, gel-like disks in the back, which are between and cushion the vertebrae. Trauma like an accident, a fall, or a work injury can result in damage or a tear to these disks.

Once a disk or disks are ruptured or herniated in your back, there are a couple of possibilities. It may mean that after a recovery, you will be pretty much okay. Although you will have a permanently increased risk that a future trauma or injury will cause you further disk injury.  

On the other end of the spectrum, if you have herniated disks with very bad pain and very limited activities of daily living, you could need surgery to try to take the pressure off of your back. This is because the disk is no longer a good “shock absorber.”

The most common back injury involves just the muscles, tendons and nerves of your back.  These are called “soft tissue,” “whiplash,” or sprain-strain” type injuries. The bad thing is that they can be just as painful and just as limiting to you as the more serious kinds of back injuries.  

Many of these injuries get better after managing the pain and increasing blood flow. It also gets bearable after strengthening the surrounding muscles with physical therapy. Unfortunately, some of these kinds of muscle injuries never heal properly.

In fact, they can become a permanently painful condition for which there is no available surgery or cure. These kinds of chronic pain injuries in the low back can only be treated with medication, changing your lifestyle and therapy.   

However, too much medication is bad for your stomach and is also often bad for your kidney or liver. There are other pain management options available though.  

Pain management doctors treat thousands of patients with chronic back pain every week and new treatments are always being developed.

Symptoms

A back injury is one of the most common kinds of injuries people can get in car crashes, fall down accidents and injuries at work.

They can range from a temporary tweak to a very serious, debilitating kind of injury. The latter could require multiple surgeries and mean that you may never return to work.  Serious business.

But the real danger of a back injury is this:  MOST BACK INJURIES HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE ACCIDENT.

That means that thousands of people who have been involved in an auto accident or a work injury start out with mild tightness and complaints of pain. The pain, tightness and disability grow over the hours and days after the back injury.  

And then, for the more minor injuries, the patient starts to get better. For the unfortunate people with serious injuries, the pain gets worse and worse until it is unbearable and debilitating.

Lower Back Injury Treatment

If you suffered a back injury, my honest advice is to see a doctor immediately. Nothing is more important than your health. Insurance companies love it when injured people with back injuries delay getting help so that they can argue you were not really hurt.  

And as you can see, there are lots of different kinds of back injuries with serious consequences for you and your family. Sometimes, the nerve pinching is temporary and can be treated with pain medicine, rest and physical therapy.

If doctors see a serious impingement of nerves on your MRI, or if you do not improve with therapy, doctors may move on to giving you a series of three epidural steroid injections.

These are injected directly into your lower back and their purpose is to reduce swelling so that your nerves do not get pinched anymore. If nothing else fixes the problem, the back injury must be treated with surgery.

The surgery can range from less serious microdiscectomy, to more serious lumbar fusion. Lumbar fusion surgery results in the bony vertebrae being permanently fused together. It is a serious surgery.

As you can see, back injury cases can get complicated quickly. If you have worries and concerns about your back injury, well, you probably should. I offer a free case evaluation either in person or by telephone. I can answer all of your questions and help put your mind at ease.

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Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Neck Injury? Do I Have A Case?

Sustaining a neck injury is one of the most frustrating injuries to have, and also one of the most painful and life-altering.

Neck injuries are invisible.  There is usually no bruising or bleeding or cuts to see.  But once you have neck pain from a neck injury, you realize for the first time how heavy your head is, and how many times every day you turn your neck. That’s because neck pain gets worse every time you move, every time you use your arms, and even when you lay down to try to go to sleep.

My clients typically get neck injuries due to car accidents, work accidents, construction accidents and fall down cases.  And the severity and permanence of neck injuries can vary greatly.

If you sustain a ‘whiplash’ type of injury to the neck, you are most likely to have a muscle  sprain or strain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck.  These injuries can heal in 8 weeks with proper therapy and medical care.  Or, they can become chronic pain conditions.

You can also herniate the ‘shock absorber’ disks in your neck.  The whiplash movement can actually tear the disk and then the disk does not act as a spacer or shock absorber as well anymore, and that can cause pressure on the nerves and a lot of pain. Treatment for a herniated or ruptured cervical (neck) disk can include physical therapy, pain medication, and even injections and surgery.  In rare cases, multiple surgeries may be necessary.

Finally, a direct blow or trauma to the neck can cause a fracture of the vertebrae (bones) of the neck. These kinds of neck injuries almost always damage the “shock absorber” disks, too.  If their bones are displaced or are broken into many pieces, then you will almost certainly have to have neck surgery to help the bones heal and fix the damages disks in the neck.

The troubling thing about a neck injury is that whether you have a ‘soft tissue” or ‘whiplash’ injury or a very severe herniated disk, the pain and disability and bad effect on your daily routine is very similar.  In other words, it is impossible to know HOW BAD the injury is, or HOW LONG IT WILL LAST just based on your symptoms.

Many of my clients with a neck injury started out not wanting to see a doctor for their car crash or work injury.  As the days went by, the pain got worse.  Some of them had a short-term injury, and others needed neck surgery.

If you or a loved one has been hurt and sustained an injury to the neck, your first priority is to get in to see a doctor right away.  If there is a pinched nerve in the neck, you could be doing permanent injury to your nerves if it is not addressed right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.

You should also talk to an experienced injury lawyer right away.  I offer a free, no obligation  DVD that explains your legal rights, and I also offer a free case evaluation. Either way, whether you just want to watch the DVD or talk to a real, experienced neck injury lawyer, I am here to help you.  So relax and give me a ring at 312-895-0545.  I hope you have found this information to be helpful, and please know that I am here to answer any questions you might have about your neck injury.

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Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

Do I Need To Talk To An Injury Lawyer?

I was reviewing my legal case files and noticed that about half of my clients waited a LONG time before contacting me about their injuries. This is true in car accident cases, fall down injuries, work injuries, you name it. It is always better to talk to an injury lawyer right after an injury so you know “The Rules” and you know your rights and the correct way to proceed, whether you hire a lawyer or not. But as you will see, there is NO DOWNSIDE and lots of good reasons to talk to an injury lawyer right away.

Why get in touch with an Injury Lawyer soon after an Accident?

There are plenty of reasons that people DO NOT speak with an injury lawyer soon after a crash. One is that they hope that their injuries will get better on their own, and they do not want to make a big deal about it. Some people who are hurt at work are worried that if they report their injury, they will get in trouble at work or lose their job. Some people do not like the idea of being “one of those people” who hire a lawyer and files a lawsuit.

The trouble with delaying speaking with a qualified experienced personal injury lawyer is that it can hurt your case and make your case harder to prove, and possibly result in a lesser recovery for your injuries. For example, in a fall down a case, I like to have a lot of time to investigate the scene, seek out witnesses, get photographs of the scene, and sometimes, consult with my architect/structural engineer witness to make sure that we have considered ALL the bases for liability. In work injury cases, there is a 45-day deadline for reporting an injury, and getting me involved right away means that I can make sure that the Workers Comp insurance company is paying your salary and guaranteeing payment to the doctors so you can get the necessary medical treatment. These are just two examples. But there are lots of reasons why success in an injury claim or case hinges on early involvement from an aggressive, competent injury lawyer.

There is no reason for you NOT to speak with a lawyer. Virtually all injury lawyers (I included, of course!) offer free case evaluation for people who have been injured in a car crash, work injury, fall down, motorcycle crash, whatever kind of injury. That means we talk and I answer your questions for free, either in person or on the telephone, as you prefer.

Sometimes, I have to turn down a case because a person waited too long to call me about their injuries, and I never want that to happen to anyone. It doesn’t make you a bad person to be the victim of injury, and you have a right to know your options and your rights. If I can be of assistance, please do not hesitate to give me a call about your personal injury situation, even if it HAS been a long time since you or a loved one has been hurt. I am very good at putting cases together quickly, but it is always better to call early on!

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