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Court Upholds Worker's Entitlement to Surgery for Back Injury

By WorkCompCentral

Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 648 | 0 | 0 min read

The Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled that an injured worker was entitled to the surgery recommended by his doctor to treat a back injury. Case: Wright Steel & Machine v. Heimer, No. CV-17-252, 11/29/2017, published. Facts: James Heimer began working for Wright Steel & Machine in 2005. His job required heavy lifting on a daily basis. Heimer saw his family physician for low back pain and numbness going down his left leg in December 2009. He eventually had surgery on both his neck and low back. Heimer’s doctors released him to full-duty work in October 2012, but after about a yea...

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