Aggravation Injuries Attorney in Abington, Pennsylvania

The workers’ compensation system is meant 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 even harder to perform your job functions—and live your life—to the best of your ability.

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 intensified and aggravated by your job in Abington or surrounding cities in Pennsylvania, you don’t need to go through it alone. Set up a time to speak with us at Kaufman Workers' Compensation Law today.

Aggravation of Preexisting Conditions in Pennsylvania

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 has never occurred before. Often, though, your injury is an aggravation of an already-existing condition. Here are some common scenarios of aggravated injuries in the workplace:

  • Lifting heavy objects can aggravate lower back injuries
  • Suffering a fall can aggravate a history of arthritis
  • Repetitive labor can aggravate shoulder, knee, or joint injuries
  • Working in a noisy environment can aggravate hearing loss
  • Exposure to chemicals or dust can aggravate asthma or respiratory problems
  • A head injury can increase the frequency of migraine headaches

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.

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I Was Already Injured. Can I Be Denied Benefits?

When it comes to workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania, employers must accept their employees “as they are.” In other words, you cannot be denied your rightful workers’ compensation benefits because of a condition that you had when you started at your job. 

Take migraines as an example. Suppose an employee was hired who had occasional migraine headaches. Her employer would not be required to grant workers’ comp benefits for any required treatment needed to address symptoms of the original condition. However, if the employee is exposed to loud noise on the job and her migraines get worse, she may be entitled to workers’ compensation, even if someone who did not suffer from migraines would not have been bothered by the same loud noises.

Proving Your Injuries Were Made Worse at Work

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?

Like other workplace injury claims, cases involving aggravated conditions 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 preexisting condition. 

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.

Aggravation Injuries Attorney in Abington, Pennsylvania

You have legal rights in the workers’ compensation process. Let’s start protecting them together. For top-notch assistance for aggravated injuries in Central and Eastern Pennsylvania, including Willow Grove, Warminster, Jenkintown, and Cheltenham Township, set up a free consultation with our attorney. If you can’t make it out to Abington, we’ll come to you.