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Workers’ Compensation Claims for Degenerative Disc Disease

What is a degenerative disc disease?

Degenerative disc disease is something that many adults face as they get older. It’s a natural process of aging, but certain tasks can aggravate the symptoms and make the condition worse. Common symptoms of degenerative disc disease include pain and numbness throughout the back and neck — sometimes to the extent that it’s impossible for a person to perform basic daily tasks. It’s sometimes possible to treat the condition if the degenerative disc can be located and replaced, but this isn’t always possible.

Even though this condition may occur and advance on its own, research shows that certain injuries and stressful movements may exacerbate degenerative disc disease. These movements may include lifting heavy weights, making sudden movements, or simply putting the back and neck under stress for a long period of time.

Workplace Injuries and Degenerative Disc Disease

Minor workplace injuries can have very painful consequences for someone who suffers from degenerative disc disease. As an employee, you (or your employer) may be required to take certain preventative measures against injury if you know that you are at a high risk. However, employees suffering from degenerative disc disease may still be eligible to claim workers’ compensation payments if a work-related task causes or worsens a back injury.

Simple workplace activities and tasks that may cause a back injury could include:

  • Twisting while lifting objects that are too heavy
  • A fall when reaching out to an object that is placed high and out of reach
  • Being hit by a falling object
  • The jerking motion experienced when one trips, even without landing on the ground

A minor injury from one of the examples listed above can cause stress, wear, and tear on a degenerated disk. Over time, the damaged tissue may become very painful and the damage could worsen.

Are you entitled to compensation? 

With degenerative disk disease, it could be easy for the insurance company to claim that the disc degeneration is naturally occurring. However, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney may be able to help you make a successful claim with the aid of medical records. The main goal is to prove that your work injury led to the present condition.

If your job involves heavy lifting and making repeated movements, you may be more at risk for injury. If one occurs, your employer may be held liable for your damages. Regardless of whether you had a prior disc injury, if the degeneration was accelerated in a workplace accident, you should not be punished. Workers’ compensation covers both new and pre-existing injuries.

A workers’ compensation claim has a statute of limitations, the time frame for which differs by state. The most prudent thing to do is to get in touch with an experienced work injury attorney New York relies on who can start the claims process before the time expiration. We offer free case reviews to workers injured on the job. As a highly rated and respected legal firm with a focus on workers compensation cases, we encourage you to contact us today.


PSRThanks to our friends and contributors from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen P.C. for their insight into workers compensation claims.

Wacky Celebrity Prenup Agreements

Prenuptial agreements (aka prenups), those written contracts that two people who are in love and plan to be married draft prior to the big day are big business in Hollywood. As they should be, with millions at stake and the high rate of celebrity divorce so popular in celebrity news, it makes sense for celebs to have them. And while most prenups are pretty garden variety, even among celebs, and detail property, assets, debts, etc, as you can imagine some include some pretty very wacky clauses. Here are some of the wackiest:

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were married in 2000. Naturally these two high dollars celebs wanted to protect their assets–and themselves. The eyebrow raising clause in their prenuptial referenced Douglas’ infidelity issues. If Douglas, who is 25 years older than Zeta-Jones, has an affair which destroys the marriage then she receives $5 million. This would be in addition to $2.8 million for every year that they’re married. And it’s good thing that this prenup is in place as the couple has had their ups and downs, even separating for a year before reconciling in 2014. Now after 17 years of matrimony, if Douglas does have an marriage-ending affair, it’s going to cost him more $50 million. Not sure if he has that!

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban

Actress Nicole Kidman (former wife of Tom Cruise) married country singer Keith Urban in 2006. Kidman is a high grossing A-Lister and Urban is well known to struggle with substance abuse. Bottom line: she earns more than he does and and she wants him to stay clean and the two of them to stay married. So, as part of their prenup, Urban will earn a fat wad of cash for every year they stay together–$640,000 per year, to be exact. The prenup stipulates that if he uses illegal drugs, he forfeits the money. Interestingly, in October of 2006 after the two were wed, Urban was admitted into the Betty Ford Center. So, although it seems as if right at the outset he may have violated the prenup, today, more than ten years later, the two remain married. And word on the street is that Urban is clean. I certainly hope so–for the both of them and their family.

Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan

This prenup, between the man behind Facebook and his wife, was more about quality time than money. It is referred to as a lifestyle clause, and it focuses on the same problem many of us have– the inability to stop checking Facebook. The prenup specifies that Zuckerberg must spend at least 100 minutes alone with Chan as well as one date night every week. During that one-on-one time, neither is allowed to check Facebook and their alone time cannot be at his office. No word on what the penalty is for breaching the agreement but I doubt that it requires Zuckerberg to shut his Facebook profile down. I don’t know about you, but I kind of like this lifestyle clause!

Tiger Woods and Elin Nordegren

The prenup between the legendary golfer and his former Swedish model wife detailed that she would receive a lump sum of $20 million if they divorced. As we all know that day did in fact come. But, when Wood’s cheating scandal rocked the world and Nordegren did file, Woods agreed to pay her $110 million. However, even that was chump change compared to the $200 million he offered her in a new agreement if she agreed to stay married. As we all know, Nordegren declined. Good for her!


Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian

Basketball player Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian’s prenup included a clause that gave her $500,000 for every year the couple was married.  The two only made it four years so that came to $2 million. This payout was is in addition to other great perks negotiated in the agreement which included courtside seats to Lakers games, a $5K monthly shopping “budget”, a new car at the end of every lease, $25K in monthly spousal support, the house, and $1K every month to pay for her beauty needs. Well done, Kardashian lawyers–it’s not as if Khloe doesn’t earn money or have the ability to do so. Her deal was pretty good! But, it should be pointed out that despite their short lived marital life, Khloe truly seems to care for Lamar. She postponed the divorce during his life and death struggle that resulted from his overdosing and for which he was in a coma so that she could make important medical decisions on his behalf.  Though the two are still not together, Lamar did recover and the two appear to be on friendly terms.

 

proof-with-jill-stanleyThanks to our friends and contributors from Proof with Jill Stanley for their insight into wacky celebrity prenups.

Free Medical Care

Social Security Disability “How do I Receive Healthcare While Awaiting for Approval on My Social Security Case ?”
It is not uncommon for a social security disability applicant to be without healthcare insurance.Because it is so important that you receive your treatment while you are waiting for your claim to be approved, I have located some useful sites to assist you in finding treatment.

Disclaimer: We do not guarantee the availability of these resources nor costs associated therewith, but offer this list as a courtesy to the public.This page last updated October 19, 2009. One useful site that contains numerous resources is ARKANSAS CHARITY AND INCOME BASED CARE

Useful Links to learn more about clinics that provide Free or Discounted Healthcare:

List of Clinics that Provide Free HealthCare

Charitable Christian Medical Clinic133 Arbor StHot SpringsArkansas71901(501) 623-8850
Charitable Christian Medical Clinic of HopeP.O. Box 374HopeArkansas71802(870) 777-8975
Christian Community Care Clinic302 W. South StreetBentonArkansas72018(501) 776-1703
Christian Health Center501 W Main St, Ste GHeber SpringsArkansas72543(501) 362-2252
Christian Health Center1115 FairviewCamdenArkansas71701(870) 231-1111
Christian Health Center of Howard CountyP.O. Box 173NashvilleArkansas71852(870) 845-2871
Christian Health MinistryP.O. Box 2151SearcyArkansas72143(501) 305-3888
Conway Interfaith Clinic, Inc.830 North CreekConwayArkansas72032(501) 932-0559
Eureka Christian Health Outreach (ECHO)195 Huntsville Rd.Eureka SpringsArkansas72632(479) 253-7774
Good Samaritan Clinic (AR)615 North B StreetFort SmithArkansas72901(479) 783-0233
Grand Prairie Charitable Medical ClinicP.O. Box 426DeWittArkansas72042(870) 946-2224
Great River Charitable ClinicP.O. Box 494BlythevilleArkansas72316(870) 762-5459
Harmony Health ClinicP.O. Box 7287Little RockArkansas72206(501) 375-4400
Interfaith Clinic514 W Faulkner StEl DoradoArkansas71730(870) 864-8010
Jonesboro Church Health Center200 W. Matthews AvenueJonesboroArkansas72403(870) 972-4777
Lonoke County Christian Clinic502 Richie RoadCabotArkansas72023(502) 743-6134
Mission Outreach Charitable Clinic1 Medical DrParagouldArkansas72450(870) 236-8080
Mountain Home Christian Clinic421 W. Wade AveMountain HomeArkansas72653(870) 425-5010
Northwest Arkansas Free Health Ctr10 South College AvenueFayettevilleArkansas72701(479) 444-7548
Pine Street Free Clinic1114 Ingram StreetConwayArkansas72032(501) 450-7232
River City Ministry of Pulaski CountyP.O. Box 2179North Little RockArkansas72215(501) 376-6694
River Valley Christian Clinic1714 State Hwgy 22DardanelleArkansas72834(479) 229-2566
Conway County Christian Clinic, Inc.1208 West Childress StreetMorriltonArkansas72110(501) 354-4411

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FREE HEALTHCARE CLINICS: (Free Clinics In ARKANSAS)

ALTHEIMER CLINIC (SCHOOL-BASED)
309 S. Edline
Altheimer, AR 72004-8559
870-543-2315

AMITY COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
329 N. Hill St.
Amity, AR 71921-9635
870-798-4064

WHITE RIVER RURAL HEALTH CENTER, INC.
623 N. 9th St.
Augusta, AR 72006-2129
870-347-2508

AUGUSTA DENTAL CLINIC
623 N. 9th St.
Augusta, AR 72006-2129
870-347-2534

WHITE RIVER RURAL HEALTH CENTER, INC.
623 N. 9th St.
Augusta, AR 72006-2129
870-347-2508

AUGUSTA DENTAL CLINIC
623 N. 9th St.
Augusta, AR 72006-2129
870-347-2534

WHITE RIVER RURAL HLTH WELLNESS
904 N. 4th St.
Augusta, AR 72006-2039
870-347-2534

BALD KNOB MEDICAL CLINIC
2802 Highway 367 N.
Bald Knob, AR 72010-3165
870-347-2534

INDEPENDENCE FAMILY HEALTH
1183 Batesville Blvd.
Batesville, AR 72501-8925
870-347-2534

BEARDEN HEALTH CENTER
2nd & School Street
Bearden, AR 71720
870-798-4064

BRINKLEY HEALTH CENTER & PHARMACY
615 N. Main St.
Brinkley, AR 72021-2507
870-347-2534

CARLISLE MEDICAL CLINIC
821 East Park St. Hwy 70
Carlisle, AR 72024
870-347-2534

MID-DELTA HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC.
401 Midland St.
Clarendon, AR 72029-2727
870-747-3381 x226

BMRHC – CLINTON CLINIC
465 Medical Center Pkwy.
Clinton, AR 72031
870-448-3796

COLLEGE STATION CLINIC
4206 Frazier Pike
College Station, AR
870-543-2315

CORNING AREA HEALTHCARE, INC.
1300 Creason Rd.
Corning, AR 72422-1716
870-857-3399 x222

COTTON PLANT MEDICAL CLINIC
125 Oak St.
Cotton Plant, AR 72036
870-347-2534

BOSTON MOUNTAIN RURAL HLTH CTR
Hc 31 Box 310
Deer, AR 72628-9616
870-448-3796

WYNNE HEALTH CENTER
611 Julia Ave. E.
Wynne, AR 72396-3506
870-347-2534

DES ARC HEALTH CENTER
405 Highway 11 N.
Des Arc, AR 72040-3140
870-347-2534

DES ARC DENTAL CLINIC
405 Highway 11 N.
Des Arc, AR 72040-3140
870-347-2534

EUDORA CLINIC
579 E. Beouff St.
Eudora, AR 71640-3090
870-737-2737 x21

BOSTON MOUNTAIN RURAL HEALTH CTR
110 Village Ln.
Fairfield Bay, AR 72088
870-448-3796

THE NORTHSIDE CLINIC
4900 Kelley Hwy
Fort Smith, AR 72904-5000
479-635-5300 x240

FOUNTAIN HILL MAINLINE CLINIC
108 S. Hickory
Fountain Hill, AR 71642
870-737-2737 x21

CABUN RURAL HEALTH SERVICES, INC.
402 Lee St.
Hampton, AR 71744-8937
870-798-4064

HAZEN MEDICAL CLINIC
100 E. Front St.
Hazen, AR 72064
870-347-2534

HEBER SPRINGS FAMILY HLTH CTR
309 Southridge Blvd. Ste A
Heber Springs, AR 72543-8877
870-347-2534

LAKEVIEW AREA CLINIC
14264 Highway 44
Helena, AR 72342-9070
870-295-5225

HOPE MIGRANT HEALTH CENTER
205 Smith Rd.
Hope, AR 71801-8801
870-798-4064

HUGHES CLINIC
503 S. Broadway St.
Hughes, AR 72348-9701
870-295-5225

Boston Mountain Rural Health Center, Inc.
934 N. Gaskill St.
Huntsville, AR 72740-8903
479-738-5500

NESBORO FAMILY HC – NORTH
1530 N. Church St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401-1515
870-347-2534

WHITE RIVER MED SERVICE CLINIC
606 W. Wilbur Mills Ave.
Kensett, AR 72082-9051
870-347-2534

Lake City Health Center
1009 Highway 18
Lake City, AR 72437-9622
870-347-2534

EAST ARKANSAS FAMILY HEALTH CTR
102 W. Broad St.
Lepanto, AR 72354-2200
870-732-6520

LEWISVILLE FAMILY PRACTICE CTR.
1117 Chestnut St.
Lewisville, AR 71845
870-798-4064

LITTLE ROCK CHC
1522 W. 10th St.
Little Rock, AR 72202-3526
870-543-2315

HOMELESS OPEN HANDS
1225 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72202-4743
870-543-2315

LEE COUNTY COOPERATIVE CLINIC
530 Atkins Blvd.
Marianna, AR 72360-2113
870-295-5225

BOSTON MOUNTAIN RURAL HEALTH CENTER
2263 Highway 65 N.
Marshall, AR 72650
870-448-3796

MCCRORY HEALTH CENTER
801 N. Edmonds
McCrory, AR 72101
870-347-2534

Montgomery County Community Clinic
534 Luzerne St.
Mount Ida, AR 71957-9449
479-394-2332 x211

PARKIN MEDICAL CLINIC & PHARMACY
1740 Church St.
Parkin, AR 72373
870-347-2534

POCAHONTAS FAMILY MEDICAL CENTER
141 Betty Dr.
Pocahontas, AR 72455-3602
870-857-3399

MAINLINE HEALTH SYSTEM, INC.
233 N. Main St.
Portland, AR 71663
870-737-2737 x21

RIVER VALLEY PRIMARY CARE SERVICES
9755 W. State Highway 22
Ratcliff, AR 72951-9000
479-635-4400

REDFIELD CLINIC
113 W. River Rd.
Redfield, AR 72132-9253
870-543-2315

RISON CLINIC
505 Sycamore
Rison, AR 71665
870-543-2315

Community Clinic Rogers Medical
1114 Poplar Pl.
Rogers, AR 72756-4249
479-751-7417 x802

COMMUNITY CLINIC ROGERS/DENTAL
3710 Southern Hills Blvd.
Rogers, AR 72758-8041
479-751-7417 x802

DBA COMMUNITY CLINIC @ ST. FRANCIS HOUSE
614 E. Emma Ave. Ste 300
Springdale, AR 72764-4469
479-751-7417

STRONG CLINIC
253 S. Concord St.
Strong, AR 71765
870-798-4064

SWIFTON MEDICAL CLINIC
300 E. Main St.
Swifton, AR 72471
870-347-2534

COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE CENTER
3219 Highway 67B
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476-8567
870-857-3399

EAST ARKANSAS FAMILY HEALTH CENTER, INC.
215 E. Bond Ave.
West Memphis, AR 72301-3550
870-732-6520

WILMOT CLINIC
203 McCombs St.
Wilmot, AR 71676-8800
870-737-2737 x21

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