Cervical radiculopathy is nerve damage in the spine that occurs if the nerve roots near the cervical vertebrae are compressed. Cervical radiculopathy can cause pain and loss of sensation in the upper extremities, depending on where the damaged nerve roots are located. One of the most common symptoms of cervical radiculopathy is pain that spreads into the arm, neck, chest, upper back, and/or shoulders, as well as muscle weakness, numbness, tingling in fingers or hands, and lack of coordination.
Cervical radiculopathy can happen for a number of reasons, including pressure from a herniated disc, degenerative bone disease, arthritis, or trauma to the nerve roots. If your cervical radiculopathy is the result of a workplace injury, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits for medical bills or lost wages.
Workers’ compensation claims for cervical radiculopathy or a herniated disc can be difficult to pursue, however, because back injuries are difficult to diagnose. If your employer or its insurance company fails to provide workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related cervical radiculopathy, you may wish to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).
At Ankin Law Office, LLC, our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to helping injured employees, including those who suffer from work-related cervical radiculopathy, obtain maximum benefits for their work-related injuries. Contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers to learn more about how we can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim for cervical radiculopathy.