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  1. #1
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    Default Benefits For Degenerative Diseases

    My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: SC

    My wife has worked as a medical transcriptionist for 16 years as both an employee and a contractor. Two weeks ago she was diagnosed with cervical spondylosis with severe DDD. She cannot use her right hand at all and the left is very weak. She works PT in a doctors office and at home for another Dr.

    Since she cannot work she has no income. Does she have any recourse in the WC system?

    Thanks for any assistance.

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    Default Re: General WC Question

    To the best of my knowledge, spondylosis and DDD are degenerative, and come with ageing. Unless your wife has suffered from a fall or some form of trauma while at work, I doubt WC is liable.
    Some of the more educated members of this forum may weigh-in on your situation and have a different opinion.

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    Default Re: General WC Question

    if the doctors believe her condition is due to her employment she has sufficient evidence to support a claim for work comp benefits.
    If her doctors support a work cause she should notify her employer.

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    Default Re: General WC Question

    WC laws are state specific...and not all states provide for the same benefits.

    IF your wife has been an EE of this Dr. for a period of time, usually specified in the WC statutes, she could be entitled to WC benefits.

    If she is, it would/could be a CT/Cumulative Trauma 'injury'..meaning the condition/injury occured over time...the DOI would be the date the injury is reported.
    While there are issues to apportionment to cause of any PD due to this 'injury'...eg. the DDD/cervical spondylosis, IF she is determined to have a claim, the medical treatment cannot be apportioned.
    This ER would be liable for the treatment, but not ALL of any PD.

    At this point, she should file a ''first report of injury'' or the form specified by your state WC laws/statute. Go to the ER/IC's doctor if necessary and get a determination IF this is AOE/COE...(work related.)

    The only way you'll have a definative answer is to file the claim for WC benefits...

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