It’s easy to assume that you can’t get workers’ compensation benefits if you already had the condition. After all, one of the main counters to workers’ comp claims is that the injury actually happened outside of work. If you had a pre-existing condition, does that mean you can’t get any financial assistance?
Not always. Don’t be so fast to assume that you have no options. There are situations where the work you do is going to aggravate your condition, make it far worse than it would have been otherwise or accelerate the issues that you’re facing. You may still be able to get compensation, even if the condition itself existed outside of work.
For example, perhaps you have always been dealing with back pain due to an old injury. You’re generally able to cope with it in daily life. However, your responsibilities suddenly change at work, and you have to do more manual labor. You feel your back pain beginning to increase to the point that you can no longer even do the job. Yes, you had the back issue to begin with, and there was no single event at work that caused the injury. However, your work still aggravated the injury, and it is the reason that you now need more medical care than you would have otherwise.
Workers’ compensation issues can get very complicated. You need to have excellent medical records, an eye for details and an experienced legal team that can help you seek the results you deserve.