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Can you get workers’ comp for a pre-existing injury that worsens because of your job?

On Behalf of | Dec 24, 2020 | Workers' Compensation |

Not every worker who gets hurt in Louisiana suffers a sudden, traumatic injury. Many workplace injuries are not new. They are existing injuries that job responsibilities slowly make worse over time.

If you have a bad back or a bad knee that has gotten much worse since you started your job, you may need to change your job responsibilities or seek medical attention. Will you have workers’ compensation benefits to rely on in a situation with a pre-existing condition?

Can you connect your physical condition to your job responsibilities?

Workers with pre-existing conditions can sometimes make successful claims related to those conditions. However, it can be slightly harder to prove these claims. The more documentation you have, the better.

You will likely need medical evidence supporting your claim that the work you do has exacerbated the injury. If doctors are certain that your job has caused your current condition, you need medical records and possibly even written statements or testimony. Securing evidence that connects your injury’s progression to your work can increase your chances of success — especially if you have to appeal a denial.

Don’t wait until the pain is unbearable to seek care

Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Ignoring mild discomfort caused by fatigue or repetitive motion isn’t necessarily problematic if you rest and treat any inflammation that results.

Ignoring significant or increasing pain could be a major mistake. That pain could be a sign of a worsening injury. The longer you delay treatment, the harder it may be to fully recover. If you are having difficulty getting the workers’ comp benefits you need, it may be wise to talk with an experienced attorney.