Visitor Question

Is Sciatica considered a prior injury?

Submitted By: Neema (Arkansas)

I am currently involved in a workers’ compensation claim. I injured my back on the job, October 25th of this year (2014). However, today I was asked if I was diagnosed with any back problems before now. I can’t truly remember, all I remember is an ER Dr. stating Sciatica; but I don’t believe my PCP ever said Sciatica was the case.

Now I’m not sure what to say or what to do? By the way, the ER visit concerning the sciatica was in 2012. Can this be the end of my claim? Any tips? Thank you.

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Dear Neema,

Sciatica is not a back injury, but rather a term to describe the symptoms of pain in the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve runs from the lower part of your spinal cord down the back of your leg and to your foot.

Pressure on the sciatic nerve can result in sharp and acute pain and a burning sensation which radiates from your lower back down the sciatic nerve to your foot. Sciatica is normally quite painful. It can be caused by a work-related injury, from age, from an athletic event, or other action where the back is used.

It is likely you would have remembered such pain, and whether or not your received medical treatment for it.

If the insurance company asks you whether or not you have been previously treated for a back injury, and you have, you must tell the truth. Not doing so is not only wrong, but may result in a complete denial of your claim.

Learn more here: Workers’ Comp and Pre-existing Conditions

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney.

Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call 888-972-0892.

We wish you the best with your claim,


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