Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Benefits Lawyer
An individual who suffers an aggravation of a pre-existing condition may receive workers' compensation benefits if work caused the condition to worsen. If your claim is denied because of a pre-existing medical condition, contact us at JH & Associates.
Many workers' compensation claims are denied by employers or employers' insurance companies by using the catch-all phrase of pre-existing condition. Having a pre-existing condition does not always preclude an employee from receiving workers' comp benefits. An experienced attorney can educate you on your options and negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf.
It is common for unscrupulous employers to deny work-related injuries by telling the employee that the condition was actually a pre-existing condition and, therefore, cannot be paid under workers' compensation. A pre-existing injury can be paid under workers' compensation if the injury significantly worsens due to events at work.
Did Your Work Make the Pre-Existing Condition Worse?
The language commonly used to determine whether a pre-existing condition is actually payable as a new work injury involves a medical expert offering the opinion that events at work changed the underlying course of the condition, making that condition worse. For example, an individual may have suffered a back injury during childhood; however, doing labor at work may cause that pre-existing back condition to become worse and thereby disable the employee. In such a circumstance, the aggravation will be treated as a new injury, and benefits may be paid under the Workers' Compensation Act.
Contact Our Firm
If your claim is denied as a pre-existing condition, consult a Washington, Pennsylvania, attorney immediately. Contact JH & Associates at 866-285-0142 to schedule a free consultation. We maintain a 24-hour answering service for the convenience of our clients.