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Spinal fusion claim data released

California workers who experience injuries related to their job duties should always be able to count on workers' compensation to help them financially. Workers' compensation is supposed to provide coverage for medical costs related to injuries and even provide loss of wages benefits. Other benefits may also be available. The range of injuries covered is great and the California Workers' Compensation Institute recently released data about claims for spinal fusion cases.

The data covered more than 18,000 cases over the course of 15 years from 2000 to 2014. In these cases, employees experienced at least one spinal fusion and some experienced more. In looking at the information, it was discovered that many people had conditions in addition to their spinal fusion needs at the same time. Seventeen percent of people were found to have some form of problem with substance abuse. About 37 percent were found to have some issues with mental health and almost 30 percent also had problems with circulation.

A majority of the cases covered started off ae cases muscle strains or sprains, highlighting the importance of not overlooking minor injuries. Multiple traumas which may be mental or physical were associated with roughly 14 percent of the cases. The reviewed cases involved fusions with the vertebrae and lumbar fusions.

People who are injured while working deserve help. Talking with an attorney after an injury develops or happens from an accident might give workers the ability to learn how best to seek appropriate compensation.

Source: Insurance Journal, "California Workers' Comp Report Looks at Spinal Fusion Claims," March 22, 2017

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