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Back Injury at Work…

Submitted By: Mark (Belvidere, Illinois)

I hurt my back at work. I now have several bulging discs and the doctor said it will be cured with a cortizone shot. If it is, will I get a settlement from work to pay for it and the pain?

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Dear Mark,

Before you can automatically get payment for your injuries, you will need to submit a claim to the workers compensation carrier for your employer. An adjuster will then be assigned to your case. They have a procedure which can include sending you to their own doctor for an evaluation. From there, the adjuster determines your rate of disability.

If you are being told that a simple cortisone shot will fix what ails you, it is likely that you will not miss much work or that this is a pre-existing condition that has been flared by your job responsibilities.

If it persists, workers compensation does allow for modified responsibilities to address exacerbating pre-existing injuries.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: October 9, 2010

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