The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to those who suffer injuries on the job. Many employees, however, have preexisting conditions at the time they suffer a work-related injury. A work accident can worsen your condition, making it harder to perform your job duties, pay your bills, and provide for your family.
No matter what kind of injury you suffered, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. If you have a pre-existing condition that has been aggravated by your job in Abington or surrounding cities in Pennsylvania or the greater Philadelphia region, you don’t need to suffer alone. Set up a time to speak with us at Kaufman Workers' Compensation Law today.
Sometimes, injuries at work are entirely new to those who suffer them—for instance, breaking your leg for the first time, or feeling a pain in your wrist that never occurred before. Many times, however, an injury is an aggravation of a pre-existing condition. Below are some common scenarios of aggravation-style injuries in the workplace:
Lifting a heavy object can worsen degeneration in your back or even cause a new herniation
Suffering a fall can make arthritis pain worse
Repetitive labor can also aggravate pre-existing but manageable pain and cause it to spread into your arms and legs
Determining the amount of benefits to which you are entitled is complicated. Contact an attorney to help you through it. At Kaufman Workers' Compensation Law in Abington, we’re ready to stand in your corner and shoulder your burden. We’ve spent more than two decades fighting to uphold the rights of clients in Willow Grove, Warminster, Jenkintown, and the rest of Pennsylvania. Let us handle the legal details so you can get back to what matters most in your personal and professional life.
It is common for Employers to use pre-existing conditions as a reason to deny benefits. However, if those conditions are made worse by a specific accident at work, or repetitive job duties, you are able to receive workers’ compensation for the resulting wage loss and medical bills. This is especially true if you were able to work despite your prior injury or arthritis until the new injury happened and made your pain worse and reduced your ability to function.
Suffering an injury at work related to your pre-existing condition can bring up some tricky situations. For example, imagine you have a history of arthritis in your left knee. One day, at work, you hurt your left knee. Then, symptoms arise which make you unable to perform your job. What is to blame for your inability to work: your work-related injury, or your pre-existing arthritis?
Claims involving aggravation injuries often rely on the opinions of the treating physicians. A doctor must indicate, with a reasonable degree of certainty, that the workplace accident aggravated your pre-existing condition. If you are claiming an aggravation injury, you need to tell doctors exactly how your pain or symptoms are different as a result of am injury. If you are already seeing doctors for a chronic problem, you should consult with them about your new injury and make clear it happened at work. These doctors are in the best position to determine causation and the extent of aggravation.
Situations involving aggravation injuries are complex. Allow us to guide you through them. Our fiercely compassionate team can consult with you, help you gather the necessary documentation, and seek the financial compensation you and your loved ones deserve.
You have legal rights in the workers’ compensation process. Let’s start protecting them together. For top-notch assistance for aggravation injuries in Eastern Pennsylvania, including Willow Grove, Warminster, Jenkintown, and Cheltenham, contact us now.