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Can Sciatica Be Considered a Work-Related Injury?

  • Published: April 14, 2024

Sciatica is a common back condition that causes pain, numbness, and tingling in your lower back, buttocks, legs, and feet. It occurs when the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the legs, becomes compressed or irritated. This can lead to intense pain and discomfort, making it difficult to work or perform daily activities.

At KCNS Law Group, we understand the challenges that come with filing claims for workers’ compensation in California. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation laws and determine if your sciatica can be considered a work-related injury.

Work-Related Factors for Sciatica 

When determining whether your sciatica is a work-related injury, it’s important to consider the factors that may have contributed to its development. Factors such as prolonged sitting, heavy lifting, repetitive motions, and poor ergonomics in the workplace can all play a role in aggravating or causing sciatica. Occupations that involve driving for long periods or operating heavy machinery can also contribute to the development of sciatica. 

Work-related sciatica often stems from the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve due to these factors, leading to pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs. Repetitive actions or movements in the workplace can aggravate the nerve. If you believe that your job duties or work environment have contributed to your sciatica, you may have a valid claim for workers’ compensation benefits.

Coverage for Work-Related Injuries That Develop Over Time

In California, workers’ compensation laws are designed to provide financial assistance to employees who have been injured on the job. This includes injuries that have developed over time, such as sciatica, as well as acute injuries that occur suddenly. If you can demonstrate that your work duties or work environment have contributed to your sciatica, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.

In many cases, sciatica can be considered a work-related injury, especially if the condition develops as a result of activities performed at work. Work-related sciatica is covered under California’s workers’ compensation laws, providing employees with benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages resulting from the injury.

Determining if Sciatica Is a Work-Related Injury

Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment and to prevent work-related injuries, including those related to sciatica. To determine whether sciatica is work-related, it is essential to establish a clear connection between the duties performed at work and the development of the condition.  

This can be done through a thorough review of the job responsibilities, work environment, and any physical activities or repetitive motions that may have contributed to the onset of sciatica. Additionally, medical documentation from a healthcare provider is crucial in establishing a link between the work environment and the development of sciatica.

Contact a California Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Navigating the complexities of workers’ compensation laws is overwhelming, especially when dealing with a painful condition like sciatica. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you understand your rights, gather evidence to support your claim, and advocate on your behalf throughout the claims process. We’ll ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve for your work-related injury.

If you’re struggling with sciatica and believe it may be related to your job, don’t hesitate to reach out to KCNS Law Group for a free consultation. We’ll review your case, explain your options, and help you take the next steps toward securing the compensation you need to recover and move forward. Call us at (818) 937-9255 or use our contact form.

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