I hurt my neck at work and have had 2 surgeries to fuse and put in a plate. My Dr. said the discs above and below the fuse would be weakened because of this. I settled a workers comp claim about 10 years ago and was awarded lifetime medical, but not lost wages. I went back to my job with muliple restrictions, which I have followed, but because of my rough work conditions, another disc is now bad and I will need another surgery. My Dr. wants me on disability. My work said since it is a work injury they are not required to pay me disability. Workers comp says my settlement doesn't include lost wages so no help there either. Would this be considered a new injury ? Are there any disability benefit options for me?