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We represented our client in a workers’ compensation claim involving what is believed to be the first (or one of very few) claims involving a disease known as arachnoiditis. Our client was a truck driver. She was carrying a load in Wyoming when she pulled over to perform some maintenance on her truck. She crawled under her trailer to secure cables that had come loose. The insulation on the cables had rubbed thin, and when she grabbed the cable, she received a shock and quickly jerked her head up and struck her neck and shoulder on the underside of the trailer. She received what was initially thought to be a minor injury to her neck and she was prescribed epidural steroid injections. After her first steroid injection, she began suffering severe headaches and began experiencing pain throughout her body and balance problems. It was discovered that the epidural steroid injection had punctured her dura, which is the lining of the spinal cord. This happens occasionally during epidural steroid injections and is treated with a blood patch. Our client received a blood patch, however, this did not solve her problems. Her condition became progressively worse and developed into chronic pain in her upper and lower extremities. Her doctors were unsure about the cause of her problems and disagreed as to whether they were related to the steroid injection that was prescribed to treat her work injury. We deposed our client’s treating doctors and sent her to other doctors for independent medical exams. We were able to develop a case showing that our client had a disease known as arachnoiditis, which can occur where the chemical solution in the epidural steroid is injected into the spinal canal. The chemicals damage the spine and cause clumping of nerve roots. The client had initially hired another law firm but felt the case was not moving quickly enough. She hired our firm and we were able to put the case together, set it for hearing and schedule a mediation. The case settled at mediation for $175,000.

Charles Buchanan, along with Andrew Buchanan has over 50 years of combined experience fighting for workers compensation clients in Missouri. Learn more about our experience and results with Workers Compensation cases in Missouri:

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