I have a few questions.
I slipped and fell in the restroom where I was working, about 6 or 7 years ago (I can look up more exact dates). I filed an injury report at the time. A month or two later, I had back pain and was diagnosed with sciatica. I wasn't certain if it was related to the fall, so I didn't file a WC claim.
I had therapy, meds, and an injection, and the pain eventually went away.
A few years later, working at a different job, the pain returned. At this job, I was at the storage facility across the street, and had to move boxes of files around, which involved taking them off of shelves, and putting them back. There was not enough room to pull them out without pulling them and then twisting to put down or carry away.
There was about 2 - 3 feet between racks of shelves.
Again, I did not file a WC claim, because I could not be sure what caused the back pain.
Now, having been laid off 6 months ago, I have a hard time finding a job that doesn't require lifting of boxes, and I am taking 2400mg of ibuprofen a day to combat pain.
Can I file a claim? Which employer? What info would I need?
The first employer closed their local office after being bought by a larger corporation.
Back doctor had sent note to more recent employer, stating that I was able to resume all duties, but if I were to get another job doing the same things, I am sure my back would get worse again.
Just wanted to add that my office was upstairs, and there was no elevator or escalator, so even with back pain, I had to go up and down stairs (which had only one handrail). I also had a crappy old chair with a loose back for over 2 years. They ordered a new ergonomic chair after my back pain flared up, and it sat downstairs for a week before it was brought up to my office. I was laid off shortly afterwards.