What If I Have A Pre-Existing Injury?
A long-term physical condition such as back or joint problems does not usually mean you cannot work. However, what happens if a workplace accident makes your condition worse? Are you still eligible for workers’ compensation? You may think the answer is no, and try to push through the pain and continue working.
This cannot be further from the truth. At Suisman Shapiro Attorneys-at-Law, we have decades of experience in workers’ compensation, and believe that you are entitled to compensation for your workplace injury, whether you have a pre-existing condition or not.
Working To Get You The Compensation You Deserve
Under Connecticut state law, if a workplace injury aggravates a pre-existing injury or condition, you are eligible for workers’ compensation, the same as if you did not have a condition and were injured. However, it is necessary to prove that the accident DID make your condition worse, which can be tricky. There are a few things you can do to protect your case, including:
- Report your injury immediately to your employer.
- Seek medical attention promptly after your workplace accident. If possible, go to your normal doctor, who knows your condition already.
- File a claim.
Your employer is required to pay any costs associated with the new injury, but not with your pre-existing condition. Therefore, it may be a slightly more complex investigation process than an ordinary workers’ compensation claim. Having a skilled lawyer on your side can ensure that your interests are protected.
We Can Help Make Things Right
Facing a workplace injury is bad enough, but having to consider a pre-existing condition can make you feel even more uncertain. To talk to one of our attorneys and find out what you may expect and how we can help, call our New London office at 800-499-0145 or reach out through our online contact form.