Understanding Dystonia

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Dystonia FoundationToday’s post comes to us from our colleague Len Jernigan of North Carolina.


Several years ago I had a client in North Carolina who was an insurance man. While taking some papers out of the back of his car at work he slipped, hit his head and developed a neurological conditon called “Dystonia.” I did some research and discovered that it is a disorder that affects the nervous system, causing muscles to contract involuntarily.

it is a disorder that affects the nervous system, causing muscles to contract involuntarily

Significantly, I also found out it can be caused by trauma, although often dystonia develops without any trauma and may be genetic. The case was denied by the workers’ compensation carrier (and just in case you thought insurance people get any special favors, this case proved that thought incorrect).

Dystonia can be a devastating, long lasting and permanent disease, and like any serious condition it needs to be treated by physcians who are able to diagnose and treat it properly. Options for treatment include botulism toxin (Botox) injections, surgery, deep brain stimulation, and sometimes physical and occupational therapy, and relaxation techniques. It is a physical condition and is not caused by stress, nor is it a psychological or psychiatric condition.

If you know anyone with this condition, they should contact the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation in Chicago at 312-755-0198, or go to its website at www.dystonia-foundation.org. There are thousands of people out there who are willing to help with support, research and information.
Leonard T. Jernigan Jr. is the founder of the Jernigan Law firm, a highly experienced firm representing injured workers across North Carolina. An acclaimed attorney, author, and law professor specializing in workers’ compensation, Leonard T. Jernigan Jr. is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Leonard blogs at the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Journal.

The offices of Rehm, Bennett, Moore & Rehm, which also sponsors the Trucker Lawyers website, are located in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska. Five attorneys represent plaintiffs in workers’ compensation, personal injury, employment and Social Security disability claims. The firm’s lawyers have combined experience of more than 95 years of practice representing injured workers and truck drivers in Nebraska, Iowa and other states with Nebraska and Iowa jurisdiction. The lawyers regularly represent hurt truck drivers and often sue Crete Carrier Corporation, K&B Trucking, Werner Enterprises, UPS, and FedEx. Lawyers in the firm hold licenses in Nebraska and Iowa and are active in groups such as the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Workers' Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys (NATA), and the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). We have the knowledge, experience and toughness to win rightful compensation for people who have been injured or mistreated.

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