In this video, Attorney Tom Wilken discusses a herniated disc injury and how Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation treats that injury, how to report it and what to say to the medical professionals who will treat you.
If you were injured at work and suffered a herniated disc but can’t get the treatment you need to return to a normal life, call us at 1-877-291-4722 and find out what you can accomplish when a talented team of workers’ comp lawyers get involved.
Hi, my name is Tom Wilken. I’m an attorney with Calhoon and Kaminsky P.C., and we’re here today to talk about a herniated disk in your back or your neck.
These are very significant injuries usually occurring in a heavy labor situation, but not always the case.
You can get a herniated disk, in either your neck or your back, from sneezing at work. You can get it from tripping and not falling all the way to the ground. What you should be careful of is when you go to the doctor, that you avoid global statements. And by that I mean, you should not say that your whole arm is injured or numb, or that your whole leg is injured or numb.
When you have a herniated disc, it is like light switch. There are certain wires that go to certain portions of your body. So for instance, if you have a neck injury, and a herniated disk at a certain level, that may run all the way down your arm and into your fingers. Usually it’s one side of your hand or the other. Likewise, if you’ve herniated disc in your low back, the pattern will be very specific, as though you could draw on your leg with a pencil on a line from the beginning of the pain to the end of the pain. If you have any questions on this or any other workers’ compensation matters, please feel free to contact us.