Neck, Back, Head and Psychiatric Injuries
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Neck and back injuries do not heal well and can sometimes lead to psychiatric
issues as a result. After injuries are treated, most workers are then
put back in the same work environment that caused the original injury
and the vicious cycle of injury continues. The workers' compensation
lawyers at Cantor Injury Law can help break that cycle for you and get
you paid for your spine injury caused by work. Our
St. Louis personal injury attorneys represent your injury claim and fight to win your case from the start.
A neck injury, mid back or low back injury can change your life forever.
Your neck, medically called your cervical spine, can easily be injured
on the job. When your spine is injured and causes you pain, it is usually
because a disc in your spine has been damaged and is affecting the surrounding
nerves. Neck injuries can occur from heavy lifting at work, auto accidents
or slips and falls. Often, neck injuries are associated with rotator cuff
injuries, assaults, repetitive trauma and other fact patterns. Cantor
Injury Law has handled paralysis and death cases that have arisen out
of serious neck injuries. Any injury or pain to your neck while on the
job needs to be treated seriously by a doctor and your lawyer. The sooner
that you hire an attorney, the better off you will be pursuing your neck
According to the workers’ compensation chart, the neck is only worth
400 weeks of pay in Missouri. If you have a herniated disc in your neck,
and after surgery your disability is rated at 5% of the body, insurers
will argue that they only owe you 20 weeks of pay. Cantor Injury Law believes
that this is an insufficient amount to compensate you for your permanent
partial or permanent total disability. At Cantor Injury Law we have tried
and won neck injury cases where the initial offer was $7,000.00 and we
recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars including sanctions. See the
case of Dale Weida v. Stepbrothers Bridge & Iron.
Your low back or lumbar spine can easily be injured at work. These injuries
generally occur from heavy lifting, slips and falls, twisting and other
occupational hazards – but we have seen thousands of different fact
patterns in back cases over our many years of practice. Just like the
thoracic or cervical injury, the low back or lumbar injury is valued based
on 400 weeks. We have also handled paralysis and death cases that have
arisen out of serious back injuries. Any back injury or pain to your back
while on the job needs to be treated seriously by your employer, medical
provider and attorney.
Mark Cantor and his associates are experts at maximizing recovery for back
injury claims. In Missouri, your back injury is worth a percentage of
400 weeks of pay based on a workers’ compensation chart, or what
we call the “meat chart”, where the legislature has divided
up each body part into weeks of disability. Often, employer/insurers claim
that your injury is arthritic or caused by degenerative change. Their
"expert" physicians will rate you at a 0% disability and state
that your back injuries were not caused by work. The workers' compensation
lawyers at Cantor Injury Law will fight to prove that your injury is not
degenerative, but a result of a work injury.
If you have a herniated disc in your low back, have surgery and then have
an evaluation by the insurance company where your disability is rated
at 5% of the body, it will be their argument that they only owe you 20
weeks of pay. At Cantor Injury Law we believe that this is insufficient
compensation for your permanent partial or permanent total disability.
At Cantor Injury Law, we will send you to our own expert for an independent
medical exam. Our doctors frequently find disabilities of 40% or 50% or
even permanent and total disability. This is usually in stark contrast
to the employer’s or insurance company’s hired and biased
In the above scenario where our rating is 40 versus their rating of 5,
if the case then resolves for 25% of the body as a whole you would be
awarded 100 weeks of disability. The actual dollar amount is dependent
upon the amount that you earn per week. At Cantor Injury Law, we will
assist you in making sure that the employer uses the proper rate and pays
the proper amount of disability for your claim or we will go forward and
have a trial in your matter before an Administrative Law Judge who will
hear the case and determine the proper amount that you are owed.
In order to win neck and back injury cases, you need an attorney who can
try your case for you and has the experience and expertise in Missouri
workers' compensation cases to win. Your attorney should hire an expert
for an independent medical evaluation, commonly referred to as a rating
exam, and that physician's opinion will need to be secured both in
the form of a written report and a deposition. A deposition is simply
a sworn statement under oath and, to be admitted as evidence at trial,
the opposition must have an opportunity to cross examine your expert’s
opinion. At Cantor Injury Law, we pay for all these expenses and per our
agreement for representation, you do not owe us any money unless we win.
If you injure your neck, back, low back or spine at work, we can help.
After securing the necessary medical care you need and your lost wages,
we will maximize your financial recovery for your back injury claim. We
encourage you to call us immediately if you have a low back injury at
314-485-4005 so that we can begin protecting your rights as early in the
case as possible.
The brain is arguably the most important part of the body as it controls
our thoughts and actions. The Missouri workers’ compensation system
is not set up to fairly treat head injuries or brain injuries. According
to the “meat chart,” if you suffer a head injury in Missouri
any injury to your brain is only worth a portion of 400 weeks of disability
payment. At Cantor Injury Law we believe that head and brain injuries
deserve adequate compensation. We routinely hire experts including psychiatrists
and neurophysiologists to determine the effect of close head injuries
on injured workers. Frequently, people with close head injuries have psychiatric
issues including depression and headaches. These disabilities should be
treated separately from any other physical injury suffered as a result
of the head injury. It is important to contact an experienced workers’
compensation lawyer immediately if you suffer a head injury. Contact Cantor
Injury Law at 314-485-4005, so that we can begin to maximize your recovery
in your personal injury case.
At Cantor Injury Law, we successfully handled a case of permanent total
disability for a person that fell from a ladder and struck their head.
Following the fall, that person had significant memory loss, headaches
and a personality change. We were able to argue that as a result of the
head injury and memory problems, the person was permanently and totally
disabled and could never work again. Eventually the employer settled and
paid a large lump sum which allowed the claimant to also receive social
security disability. If you have the misfortune of sustaining a head injury
at work please call us at 314-485-4005 so we can get you all the medical
attention, lost wages, and lump sum payment you deserve for permanent
partial disability or permanent total disability.
Psychiatric injuries are difficult claims to make in Missouri workers’
compensation. However, Cantor Injury Law routinely handles psychiatric
claims as components of other very serious injuries such as back fusions,
amputations, and injuries which can lead to depression in addition to
the physical injury.
Cantor Injury Law will also represent you in a psychiatric claim if the
psychiatric stress of your event is so overwhelming that any person under
the same or similar circumstance is likely to have had a psychiatric result.
For instance, we have successfully handled rape cases, armed robbery cases
and cases where injured workers were brutally attacked and beaten.
The above cases are the exception to the rule. Generally, the psychiatric
claims that we handle come from very serious back injuries or neck surgeries
that cause our Claimant’s to have depression. If you think that
you have a psychiatric injury that meets the above criteria for a Missouri
workers compensation claim, please call so that we may discuss the possibility
of representing you. The sooner that you hire an attorney, the better
off you will be pursing your psychiatric disability claim.
Please call us at 314-485-4005 so we can get you all the medical attention,
lost wages, and lump sum payment you deserve for permanent partial disability
or permanent total disability.