Q: Can you please define "Hernia" for me please.

I was at work when I felt a pop followed by a searing pain that knocked me breathless onto the floor (in the worst paralyzing pain ever) from a squatting position. ER diagnosed me with an umbilical hernia. I was put on modified duty (not given hours to this day). The single medication I was RXd (Dicolofenac) gave me additional issues. I experience daily pain, bending over, stairs, squatting, lifting anything causes extreme breathlessness and pain. After 2 months of WC (which I've been waiting on a Surgery date) I got denied for WC for surgical repair. That I do not fit into SC's 5 requirements, and I'm now I'm personally responsible for the surgical repair. I'm concerned that overtime this injury will worsen, as it already affects my daily activities. Any information is helpful.

1 Lawyer Answer
Carole Jean Hayes
Carole Jean Hayes
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  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: Since this is a denied case, I would contact an attorney and relay all information and then see if you have a viable case. The five requirements we need are (1) an injury resulting in hernia that (2) the hernia appeared suddenly and (3) was accompanied by pain and the (4) hernia immediately followed an accident and (5) did not exist previously. It sounds like you might qualify for this. You need to speak to an attorney, without charge, who can discuss the viability of your claim with you. I wish you well.

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