Neck and back problems can be among the most debilitating types of injuries to suffer. One such injury is called Spinal Stenosis. This happens when the spaces between the spinal vertebrae narrow, and there is a compression of the nerves. Usually this is a condition affecting the elderly from natural degeneration. But others, including those who have had a trauma to the back or neck, can suffer from spinal stenosis as well.
If you are diagnosed with spinal stenosis, and it is related to your job, you may be entitled to Illinois workers’ compensation benefits to pay for your medical bills, which could be considerable. Even if you had a previous back or neck injury, if your job contributed to your condition you should still be able to receive benefits for your injury. Surgery and future medical care may also be necessary and recoverable under workers’ compensation.
Spinal stenosis can typically be found to be work-related in scenarios such as:
· a slip and fall at work causing trauma to your neck or back;
· a car accident while driving for your job;
· heavy lifting or repeated bending that causes or aggravates a condition.
An Illinois forklift operator who suffered from spinal stenosis was found to have a work-related injury. His job involved constantly moving his head from side to side while operating his forklift. He did have a prior spinal condition, but his job duties were a factor in causing his spinal stenosis, entitling him to insurance benefits.
Another Illinois worker had a similar result. He was a painter, and had an accident with a supply cart. Though he had a pre-existing condition as well, the work accident was found to have aggravated and accelerated the spinal condition, so he could recover workers’ compensation benefits.
Depending on which part of the spine has been affected, some symptoms of spinal stenosis to look out for are (1) pain, numbness, and weakness in the legs or mid-region; or (2) pain in the neck or tingling, weakness, or pain in the shoulder or arms. Sitting or standing may also be difficult or painful. Some severe symptoms can include difficulty with walking or balance, and problems with bowel control or urination.
If you have had a spinal injury or have experienced these symptoms, please call us, and we can recommend an attorney who is experienced in helping workers with spinal stenosis.
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