Is it too late to sue my previous employer for back injuries 8 months after I left?
I still work in the same shop that I did before;it was just bought by another company shortly after I left. My pain and problems started about 5 years ago and have steadily gotten worse over time. The problems stem from standing/bending over a lathe and grinder all day long for 12 years. I have seen a doctor and been treated for this. I paid for it out of my own pocket previously and it is very expensive even with insurance. But the treatment worked for about 1 1/2 years and is now starting to wear off again. I had a nerve block done on my lower back and it worked well but isn't a permanent fix.
If your injuries are the direct result of work and you have a physician who will verify this, you need to consult with a worker's compensation lawyer immediately on the issue.
Employers in this country are required to maintain worker's compensation insurance for their employees for work related injuries. If the employer does not, and the injury is work related, there are huge penalties for the employer for such failure.
The issue you raise in your question is really not so much about suing your employer for related work injuries. The issue is whether you have a basis for a worker's compensation claim for a work related injury at this time.
You need to immediately consult with a worker's compensation attorney.