Until recently, degenerative disc disease has not presented many problems for you as a construction worker.

But now that you are approaching middle age, the constant lifting of heavy objects is taking its toll on your back. Are you eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

About degenerative disc disease

As you age, your spine, which keeps you upright and helps you carry loads, may begin to deteriorate, and the constant wear and wear takes the form of arthritis. Stiffness and pain can develop with the onset of degenerative disc disease.

Pre-existing conditions and WC benefits

If your job requires the lifting of heavy objects such as doors or boards, your back may begin to complain. You may experience more than just soreness or stiffness. Ongoing degenerative disc disease may become too painful to ignore. A pre-existing condition made worse because of the type of work you do qualifies you to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. A doctor may prescribe conservative treatment: rest, the application of heat or ice and medications such as anti-inflammatories. If the problem is more severe and has resulted in other issues such as compressed nerves, you may require surgery.

Next steps

First, seek medical attention. Next, a workplace injury requires that you inform your employer promptly so your claim for workers’ compensation benefits can get underway. Do not hesitate to ask for assistance in completing and submitting your claim. Remember that is not uncommon for an insurer to deny your claim initially. A caring advocate can cut through the red tape, to begin with, or when the time comes to reapply.