The injured employee, a mechanic, suffered a compensable cervical spine injury while using a pipe to break ice on a snowplow. The workers’ compensation insurer paid benefits, and then terminated the very next day.
A claim for an illegal discontinuance of benefits was filed after which the insurer reconsidered its position, and reinstated the injured worker’s weekly workers’ compensation benefits.
The injured employee treated conservatively over the course of the next 18 or so months. A MRI identified a herniated cervical disc. The employee underwent a course of physical therapy. He also was provided with epidural injections. These treatments provided some relief, and restored some functions. Surgery was recommended, but the injured employee decided not to risk such a procedure.
The case was settled for the remaining weekly workers’ compensation benefits for both total and partial disability benefits as well as an additional $ 36,000.00.
The injured employee withdrew his application for Social Security Disability benefits, and has resumed employment.
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