Does Workers’ Compensation Cover Pre-Existing Injuries Worsened by Job Duties?
When you’re injured at work, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your damages by filing a workers’ compensation claim. The compensation you receive often covers:
Pain and suffering
Let’s say you work in construction. You’re at a job site, and while you are carrying lumber, you trip over something misplaced on the floor, causing you to break your ankle. Your employer would be responsible for covering the cost of your medical treatment and any time away from work related to the accident.
What happens when you’re in a situation where a workplace accident worsens a pre-existing injury? Can you still receive workers’ compensation for your injury?
Workers’ compensation does indeed cover work-related accidents that worsen pre-existing injuries. However, collecting compensation for these types of injuries often requires much more effort than a standard workers’ compensation claim. These claims are often denied because of how challenging it is to link a pre-existing injury to a workplace accident.
There are strict guidelines that must be met in order to link your pre-existing injury back to your workplace accident successfully. Some of these situations include:
Your workplace accident requires new treatment of your pre-existing injury.
Your workplace accident requires increased treatment (Your lower back was getting better with routine visits to the chiropractor, but after your accident, you now must have surgery).
Your workplace accident sped up your need for medical treatment (Let’s say you may have needed surgery on your wrist in 10 years. However, due to the accident, you need it immediately).
While it may seem overwhelming, working with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney will ensure that you have the best possible chance at seeking the compensation you deserve. At Morales & Cerino, our team of trusted Hialeah workers’ compensation attorneys has been helping those injured on the clock pursue the maximum possible compensation for countless years.
Don’t take no for an answer. You have rights following a workplace accident, and our team here at Morales & Cerino can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Give us a call today (305) 340-2630 for more information or to schedule your free consultation.