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How Preexisting Conditions Affect Workers' Compensation Claims

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If you have been injured on the job and are filing a workers' compensation claim, having a preexisting condition can significantly impact the outcome. It is essential to be upfront about any preexisting conditions when filing a claim. Omitting any details about a preexisting condition can harm your chances of both receiving compensation and health recovery.

If you have a preexisting condition, don't try to hide it when filing your workers' compensation claim. Even if the preexisting condition is unrelated to your work injury, it can still affect how you recover. In this blog post, we'll examine how preexisting conditions can impact workers' compensation claims.

The Challenges With Preexisting Conditions and Workers' Compensation Claims

Preexisting conditions can make determining the extent of an injury in a workers' compensation claim challenging. When you have a preexisting condition, it can complicate the medical examination and make it challenging to determine the cause of a claim. For example, suppose you have a preexisting knee injury and sustain a new knee injury while on the job. In that case, it can be challenging to determine if a new injury or an existing condition caused the damage.

Why You Need to Disclose Preexisting Conditions

Disclosing any preexisting conditions when making a workers' compensation claim is essential. Failing to do so can harm your ability to receive appropriate treatment or compensation. If you have a preexisting condition, workers' compensation will consider it when evaluating your claim. This means that if your preexisting condition impacts your ability to work, you may receive additional compensation or disability based on the severity of your current injury and the impact of the pre-existing condition on it.

Factors Considered During a Workers' Compensation Claim With a Preexisting Condition

Although preexisting conditions can make a workers' compensation claim challenging, it does not mean that you cannot receive compensation. Several factors go into determining compensation, including the severity of the injury and the preexisting condition's impact. If the injury caused by your work has worsened your preexisting condition, you may still be eligible for compensation.

Contact Our Attorneys at Levinson Axelrod

Understanding how preexisting conditions affect workers' compensation claims is essential for both employers and employees. By following the tips mentioned above and seeking legal assistance from Levinson Axelrod, P.A., you can navigate through potential challenges and ensure your rights are protected.

Remember, transparency, comprehensive medical evidence, and legal guidance are key to a successful workers' compensation claim. Contact us today at (732) 440-3089.

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