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January 2016 Archives

Inflammatory Disease and Infectious Process

Inflammatory disease of the musculoskeletal system include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and any diseases that damage tissues of a person's immune system and attack the joints or other structures. Infectious processes would include infections of the bones, muscles or joints that damage the musculoskeletal system such as toxic shock syndrome, Lyme disease or rheumatic fever.

Work injury rates vary by industry in North Carolina

In North Carolina, as in all other states, the number of workplace injuries suffered annually varies greatly by industry. While it is likely no surprise to most that a worker in the construction industry is more likely to suffer a work injury than those who work in offices, some of the statistics may be surprising. Continue reading to learn some interesting facts about work-related injuries in 2014.

Helping North Carolina residents pursue workers' compensation

At the law firm of Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler, we focus a large part of our practice on helping injured workers from Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the surrounding areas in southwestern North Carolina. We help these injured workers by providing guidance and support as they pursue the workers' compensation they need in the aftermath of workplace accidents. In addition, we also provide answers to our clients' most common compensation-related questions.

Treatment Of The Musculoskeletal System

Treatment of the musculoskeletal system can include surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, structural support (braces), prostheses (assistive devices), wheelchairs/canes and so-called alternate therapy such as acupuncture. Occasionally, the medical record will reflect improvement that is more optimistic than factual. This particularly happens following surgery in which a surgeon indicates that the "condition has been corrected" or something similar when, in fact, the patient's continues to experience significant problems and limitations.

What do I do if I develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or other mental injuries) from my work?

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental injury that results when a person's normal "fight-or-flight" response to a traumatizing event carries over into non-threatening or non-dangerous situations. A person with PTSD may feel fearful or stressed long after a frightening incident occurs. PTSD can affect your activities of daily living, your sleep, and even your work. 

Weight Bearing Joints

The weight bearing joints include the hip, knee, ankle and foot. The Social Security Regulations reflect the usual medical rule that the joints nearest to the core of the body are the most important. Thus, the hip bears the weight of the body, the knee is the shock absorber for the hip and the ankle and foot cushion the knee. Disability often results from the inability of these joints to function in a full range of motion or due to significant pain and loss of use that restrict lifting, standing, walking, bending and other physical activity needed for most work activity.

Can I retire early without penalty with SSDI?

Social Security Disability Insurance is intended for those who have historically worked and paid into Social Security but who are no longer able to maintain employment, due to a disability. Likely because it benefits the economy to work and give a portion of your money to the government to hold on to over your lifetime, the government penalizes early withdrawals from your retirement funds by taxing the money and additionally, taking 10 percent.

Spine Formation

In some cases one side of the spine may grow slightly faster or the bones grow at slightly different rates. This can cause a twisting of the spine that is called scoliosis and occasionally occurs in conjunction with a hump-like condition called kyphosis.

What happens if I'm cleared for work but still in serious pain?

If you were injured while at work and filed a workers' compensation claim, you have had to jump through certain hoops in order to ensure all documentation and records are relayed and verified. But what happens if your MRI or assessment comes back with no clear indicator of an obvious injury? Do you go back to work even though doing so causes significant pain and will likely cause more lasting damage?

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