When you’re injured on the job, you can receive benefits — mainly medical bills paid and lost wage replacement — under workers’ compensation.
For example, if you dropped a heavy piece of equipment on your foot at work and broke it, your employer would be responsible for covering the cost of any medical treatment and lost work due to the accident.
But what if you already had a condition that was simply aggravated or worsened by a job duty or work-related accident? Would you still be eligible for workers’ comp benefits?
Workers’ comp does cover work-related injuries that worsen or aggravate a pre-existing condition, but it can be much more complicated than a workers’ comp claim for an entirely new injury.
In fact, these claims are often denied because it’s difficult to prove work or a work injury aggravated or worsened your pre-existing condition. It’s important to hire an experienced workers’ comp lawyer right away to ensure you don’t get denied and receive as many benefits as possible.
However, benefits may not be as much or as many due to the pre-existing condition.
Say for example you have previously been diagnosed with arthritis in your back, but you end up with a back injury due to lifting something heavy at work. You would receive some benefits for the worsening of your condition, but you’d have to be evaluated by a doctor to verify your condition did in fact get worse from a workplace injury.
Again, these types of workers’ comp claims are very complex and difficult because of the pre-existing condition, so it’s important to seek legal advice immediately.
Mack Babcock and his team have extensive experience with Colorado workers’ compensation claims.