If you aggravate a pre-existing condition while on the job, it is considered a new work injury. The term “pre-existing condition” can cover any injury that occurred in the past or disease process that develops over time such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease. A large majority of the population works with pre-existing conditions. Often, disease processes such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease are not even painful until you injure yourself at work. You may have heard that pre-existing conditions can be difficult to file workmans’ compensation claims for, but if your condition is worsened by your job, you may be entitled to medical treatment and compensation.
Factors To Consider
Determining whether your pain has been caused by your pre-existing condition or aggravated during work can be tricky – so if you sustain an injury at work to the same body part you injured in the past, there are several factors you need to look at before filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- Factor 1: Was I having problems with my pre-existing condition before I injured myself on the job?
- Factor 2: Has the injury at work made my pre-existing condition pain level worse to the point it has not gone back down to what I am used to?
- Factor 3: Did I hear a weird noise coming from the area of my pre-existing condition when I hurt myself at work? Did I feel a funny sensation coming from the area of my pre-existing condition when I injured myself on the job?
- Factor 4: Is the pain in a different location of the same body part?
Example: I injured my neck while at home four years ago and had pain going down my right arm. Now, after my work injury, I have pain in my neck but it is going down my left arm.
- Factor 5: Do I have less range of motion in the area of my pre-existing condition since suffering the work injury?
The above factors are just suggestions that will help you determine if you sustained an aggravation of a pre-existing health condition. It is imperative to contact a doctor and give him or her a complete prior history of your medical conditions as well as the problems you are having since your work injury. It is also important not to hide your prior injuries from medical providers. Always be upfront and honest with medical providers.
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