Ms. K injured her left knee when she fell from a work truck. Workers' Comp coverage was originally denied based on a degenerative condition in Ms. K's knee.
While it is true that Ms. K met with an orthopaedist 8 months before her work injury, she repeatedly affirmed that shortly after that visit her pain subsided. By the time of the accident, Ms. K stated she had regained normal left knee function.
The treating orthopaedist addressed these issues by way of a medical questionnaire. In the questionnaire, the orthopaedist stated that Ms. K’s work-related accident caused: injury to her left knee, acute changes in her left knee, and aggravation of a pre-existing left knee condition. The questionnaire also evidenced the orthopaedist's opinion that arthroscopic surgery, injections and anti-inflammatory medications were necessary if Ms. K was to recover.
The surgery revealed a clear injury. The post-operative finding was consistent with an MRI that showed bone spurs, swelling, and other injuries. After undergoing surgery, Ms. K engaged in physical therapy, home exercises, and follow-up care with her orthopaedist.
The defendant in this case fought us at the outset of this case, but ultimately consented to paying for the injured worker's medical treatment. The case ended when the defendant chose to pay Ms. K a confidential amount rather than risk the costs of future knee replacements.
Our client thanked us with a big hug and several referrals. After the workers' compensation settlement was reached, Ms. K was able to have Christmas for her kids for the first time in three years.
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