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Category Archives: Medical Care

Facet Mediated Pain & the ODG

Facet Mediated Pain & the ODG in AZ Workers’ Compensation By Founding Partner/Attorney Chad Snow Snow, Carpio & Weekley More and more, spine specialists are pointing to the facet joints as possible pain generators in low back injuries. The facet joints are the joints in your spine that make your back flexible and able to...

CHOICE OF DOCTORS

CHOICE OF DOCTORS By Chad Snow, Founding Partner WE HAVE WRITTEN SO MANY BLOGS ON THIS TOPIC BECAUSE IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF WORK INJURY CASES IN ARIZONA. THE INJURED WORKER’S TREATING DOCTOR IS OFTEN THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF A SUCCESSFUL CLAIM.  THE TREATING DOCTOR DECIDES WHAT TREATMENT IS NEEDED...

HERNIAS IN ARIZONA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

HERNIAS IN ARIZONA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION By Dennis R. Kurth, Associate Attorney Workers’ Compensation Specialist Hernias, a very common type of industrial injury, are treated differently from all other injuries in the Arizona workers’ compensation law.  They are divided into two categories under the statute depending on whether they are purely traumatically-caused or whether a pre-existing...

The Treating Physician Rule

The Treating Physician Rule By Nicholas Wearne, Associate Attorney Code of Federal Regulations Section 404.1527(2)(c)(1) states that the Social Security Administration will give more weight to a source that has examined and treated you than one that has not examined and treated you. When you apply for Social Security Disability your file will be reviewed...

MEDICAL RELEASES

MEDICAL RELEASES By Dennis R. Kurth, Associate Attorney Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist Medical releases can be problematic in Arizona workers’ compensation cases.  The Arizona statute says that the medical records of a physician treating an injured worker are not privileged communications that can be withheld from “interested parties” (insurance carriers) who need the information “…for...