Preexisting Conditions And Worker’s Compensation
If you aggravate a preexisting condition while on the job, it is considered a new work injury. The term “preexisting condition” can cover any injury that occurred in the past or a disease process that develops over time, such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease.
Many Pennsylvanians work with preexisting conditions. Often, slow-developing conditions such as arthritis or degenerative disc disease are not even painful until you injure yourself at work. You may have heard that it’s difficult to file workers’ compensation claims for preexisting conditions, but if your condition is worsened by your job, the right lawyer can help you recover the compensation you deserve.
With 150-plus Google reviews and thousands of satisfied clients, Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo is proud to represent workers across Pennsylvania, as we have for more than 80 years. If you need help, please let us know.
Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Preexisting Condition
Determining whether your pain has been caused by your preexisting condition or aggravated during work can be tricky. If you sustain an injury at work to the same body part you injured in the past, there are several factors you need to consider before filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- Was I having problems with my preexisting condition before I injured myself on the job?
- Has the injury at work made my preexisting condition pain level worse to the point it has not gone back to what I am used to?
- Did I hear strange noises coming from the area of my preexisting condition or any odd sensations from the area when I injured myself on the job?
- Is the pain in a different location of the same body part? (E.g., you injured your neck while at home four years ago and had pain going down your right arm. Now, after your work injury, you have pain in your neck, but it is radiating down your left arm.)
- Do I have less range of motion in the area of my preexisting condition since suffering the work injury?
These are just a few of the things you can ask yourself as you consider whether you aggravated a preexisting health condition. It is imperative to contact a doctor and give them a complete prior history of your medical conditions and a list of any problems you have been having since your work injury. Always be upfront and honest with medical providers. Never hide your prior injuries.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Injury And Preexisting Health Condition
Obtaining workers’ compensation when you’ve aggravated a preexisting condition is possible, but you will need the help of an experienced attorney. You’ll find exactly that at any of the 12 offices of Krasno Krasno & Onwudinjo.