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Chico Workers’ Comp Lawyer: When Medications Have Costly Consequences

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For a lot of people, filing a workers’ compensation claim after a workplace injury isn’t just the first time they’ve considered hiring legal representation, but the first time they’ve needed to deal with the long-term consequences of a major injury or illness. Not only is this rough territory to navigate emotionally, it’s also pretty hard on your body—and your finances.

Side Effects and Long-Term Consequences From Medications

Medications can have side effects—unintended, negative impacts on one’s health and wellbeing.

In most cases, side effects are relatively mild and symptoms subside after a few doses. In some situations, a patient might be advised to contact his doctor about the symptoms. In rare instances, an individual will have an unknown allergy or sensitivity to a drug that can quickly put them in a life-threatening situation.

A more common situation arises after an individual needs to take a prescription drug for a lengthy period of time. For example, if you need to take a variety of prescription anti-inflammatory pain medication to manage a severe back injury, there are a number of long-term consequences that can result, such as:

  • Gastrointestinal ulceration
  • Constipation
  • Impaction
  • Bleeding hemorrhoids
  • Liver damage
  • Cardiovascular disorders


Sometimes these issues become severe enough to receive a separate Chico workers’ compensation claim—while others should be considered as compensable consequence of treatment for your original injury and factored into your initial claim.

It’s a tricky process for anyone new to the workers’ compensation system. Consider scheduling a free consultation with a knowledgeable Chico workers' comp lawyer today. Call the Ledgerwood Law Group at 888-761-7383 or fill out our online form. When you call, ask how you can receive a free copy of our book: The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual.

Category: Worker's Compensation

Thomas Ledgerwood
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