Workers Compensation Claims for Degenerative Disc Disease


One of the most common workers compensation claims in today’s workforce results when the nature of one’s work causes degenerative disc disease. Lifting and bending repeatedly and injuries to the neck and back can lead to this all-too-common condition. Workers compensation benefits and medical care are available to workers who can prove that their job duties caused the disease. Our Los Angeles orthopedic injury attorney at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach wants you to know that you can trust us to represent you and help you get the money you deserve for your injury.

What is a degenerative disc disease?

The joints in the body are protected by soft tissue that cushions your bones and works to absorb shock. Over time, these tissues can become painful and you can experience reduced mobility as the tissues wear down. Everyone experiences this wear-and-tear, but it can be brought on early if you overuse your joints or if you experience an injury.

The spine is made up of a series of discs, and each of these discs is subject to pain and loss of mobility when you develop degenerative disc disease. A fall on the job that damages a disc in the spine or repeatedly lifting heavy things that place pressure on these discs can cause an acceleration in the disease’s onset.

Many people who develop degenerative disc disease are forced to stop working before they are ready for retirement. Even though some treatments are available to help manage the disease, doctors don’t usually recommend returning to the same line of work after treatment, which can make life difficult for the sufferer.

Workers comp insurance companies love to say that degenerative disc disease is a pre-existing condition, and sometimes that’s true. However, it may also be the case that you’ve simply put your body through too much at work, and when that happens, you have grounds to file a workers comp claim and receive benefits.

A competent workers comp attorney can help you locate any evidence showing that your disease was caused by or worsened by your job duties. Injured workers have the right to file a claim for injuries sustained at work, even if those injuries are not acute—which is to say if the injuries come on over a period of time, resulting from the accumulation of daily trauma to the body.

Next steps

If you have a workers compensation claim that is pending or if you have been denied workers compensation for your degenerative disc disease claim, don’t be discouraged. The Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach take your case very seriously, and we want you to get every benefit that you are entitled to so that you can make the most of your life, even in the face of this debilitating disease. Give us a call at 818-609-7005 or click here to start a conversation with our Los Angeles orthopedic injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach now.

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