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Constant Pain After Cervical Spine Fusion…

Submitted By: A (USA)

I had cervical spine fusion surgery in 2011 on my neck and I’ve been in pain ever since. I had a plate inserted with 6 screws in it. I now get a lot of head pain and pressure and shoulder pain. I deal with depression because of this and the daily pain pills don’t work, so I know something is wrong.

This was an on-the-job injury and the workers comp adjuster denied me going to see another specialist so I can find out if anything is wrong. I was at work and a door came crashing down on my head. From that injury I had to have surgery. Somebody should be able to help me since the adjuster keeps denying me seeing the doctor.

I hurt all the time. When I get up in the morning pressure builds up in my head. I have ringing in my ears and my balance is off.

My friend was watching TV one day and got a number from one of the advertisements for an attorney. I’m thinking about calling it. I need to find out what I can do.

Do you have any information which could help in my situation? Thank you.

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Dear A,

If you have already settled your workers compensation claim, and have signed all the release documents, you probably don’t have any legal recourse at this time. But there may be an exception…

Why the workers compensation representative denied your request for a second opinion is difficult to determine. If, at the time of the injury you were represented by an attorney you should speak with her about your issues.

If you represented yourself and settled the claim without legal representation, you may be in a precarious position. If, at the time you signed the release documents you were under the influence of substantial pain medications, there may be a way to collaterally attack the settlement.

Most personal injury attorneys don’t charge for an initial office consultation. Seek out several who specialize in, or whose practices are limited to workers compensation law. Bring with you all the documents related to your injury claim. Once the attorneys review the documents and ask you relevant questions, they will be able to advise you if your claim is sound and legally actionable.

Learn more here: Denied Workers' Comp? What to Do

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 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


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One comment on “Constant Pain After Cervical Spine Fusion…

  1. Anonymous says:

    I had this done 3yrs ago and the pain is worse than before surgery. I have symptoms that I didn’t have before. The day of surgery, I had to go back in because I was going numb in my right leg and arm – it was a blood clot in my spinal cord.

    I found out a year later that what the surgeon said he put in my neck isn’t what’s in my neck. I’ve got overgrowth of bone at the fusion sites now. So many problems.

    I talked to many lawyers who all basically said a jury would say that the doctor did whatever he could to save me. There wasn’t time to file a lawsuit.

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