60% of Workers’ Spinal Fusion Claims Initially Reported as Strains: Study

By Don Jergler | March 27, 2017

  • March 29, 2017 at 9:11 pm
    Jeff says:
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    This finding is not surprising at all. I have been practicing workers’ compensation law for over two decades. In almost every one of my back injury cases, the initial injury report or initial occupational physician note describes the injury as a back strain. The injured person is initially treated as if the condition was just a sprain. Most patients, physicians and insurance carriers are hopeful in their initial report. However, if the injury and key symptoms persist additional testing is performed. Only then, is an accurate diagnosis made.

  • April 6, 2017 at 1:48 pm
    Charles Ford says:
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    The old carpenter adage of measure twice and cut once has now been replaced in medicine as cut first then measure. Better profit that way

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