I hurt my back over a month ago at work, which resulted in severe right leg pain. MRI shows a moderate bulge at L4/L5 with central annular tear and a broad based central disc protrusion.
Over a year ago, I originally hurt my back and had left leg pain for several months before going away. I started my current job in June and have been doing it without any problems up until this new issue a month ago. The job is labor intensive.
Well Worker's Comp indicated today that there was some concern found in my MRI report regarding the "degenerative disc changes" and the fact that I have a "congenitally moderate lumbar spinal canal." They are aware of my previous back problem and my caseworker said that they need to find out more from the Orthopedic specialist they sent me to as far as whether or not this current problem is due to my congenital issue or my previous back problem.
I may be getting ahead of the situtation, but I am assuming the worse. So has anyone ever gone through anything like this with Worker's Comp? It doesn't seem right that they could reject my claim because of a similar injury that has caused me no real problems since before I even took this job on. I suppose there is no denying that my naturally born narrow spinal canal my be contributing to my problem. Less available space means things get tighter quicker. But does that mean they can reject my claim? If I was born with one finger longer than normal and it gets cut off in a saw at work, will they say that if my finger was normal sized then it never would have happened? I guess that is how insurance companies work and I shouldn't be surprised.
I am new to the whole worker's comp thing, so would it be of any benefit to get a lawyer, assuming that they are going to try and reject my claim? thanks