Monday, January 23, 2017
Spinal Cord Stimulators. Are They Safe And Will Work Comp Pay For One?
Years ago I represented a "retired" US Marine who sustained a significant back injury. After a "failed" lumbar fusion his surgeon recommended a spinal cord stimulator. "Bill" wanted to be able to get back into his farm fields to drive tractors and bale hay for his livestock. After the stimulator was implanted Bill was a changed man. His smile returned, he was extremely mobile and yes he was able to get back on his tractor. I spoke with Bill a few days ago and he recently had a new model implanted that was voluntarily paid by the workers compensation insurer after losing the first fight nearly 10 years ago.
The process has changed somewhat since Bill had his stimulator implanted. Bill's device was recently replaced because the battery power was failing. New models are much smaller and unlike Bill's first model, they can be charged subcutaneously or through your skin. In addition the software which is just as important as the hardware has dramatically improved.
Over the past decade Atkinson Law has NEVER lost a spinal cord stimulator claim. NEVER! There are specific rules that must be followed by your treating physician to obtain approval and payment for your device. At Atkinson Law we have a very successful model we follow to present a strong claim where appropriate, to assist you and your physician obtaining approval. If you are considering a spinal cord stimulator I strongly urge you to contact one of our attorneys today. Call 651-333-3636 and visit our website at www.mndisability.com You consultation with our expert attorneys is always free and if we get your spinal cord stimulator approved, our fees will be paid directly by the workers compensation insurer.