What is sciatica?
Sciatica is pain, tingling, or numbness caused by irritation to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve begins in your lower back, runs through the buttock, and extends down to the back of the leg. Sitting, standing for a long time, and movements that cause the spine to flex may make your pain worse.
What causes sciatica?
The main cause of sciatica is a herniated disc pressing against the sciatic nerve. Although there are countless ways that you can injure your back, some of the most common are lifting, pushing, and pulling heavy objects.
Sciatica and NJ Workers' Compensation
Lower back injury and nerve pain are common after a NJ work accident. If your job duties caused you to develop sciatica or back pain, you are entitled to benefits that cover your medical bills and lost wages. However, proving that your back pain is work-related is not always easy.
NJ Workers' Compensation law recognizes two types of injury: specific accidents and occupational exposures. The first, a specific accident, is fairly easy to understand. You are able to pinpoint exactly when your injuries occurred. This makes it much easier to prove that your injury is work-related.
The second, however, is much less well-understood. With an occupational exposure claim, there is no particular moment when the injury occurred. It is as a result of repetitive motion or exposures over a long period of time. Insurance companies may use this fact to unfairly dispute your claim.
Help from a NJ Workers' Comp Lawyer
If you or someone you love has developed work-related sciatica, don't hesitate to call a New Jersey workers' comp lawyer. Manfred Ricciardelli will review the details of your case and help you make the right decisions. He will protect your rights and make sure you are compensated fairly.
Contact us today at 973-285-1100 to schedule a free consultation at our office. To learn more about NJ Workers' Compensation law, feel free to also download our free e-book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know.