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Workers' Compensation for Aggravation of Old Injuries
If you aggravated a pre-existing condition in the course of employment, you ARE still entitled to workers' compensation medical care and disability benefits. Your employer and the insurance company may contest the claim, but we can help you fight back.
Martin LLC is the largest workers' compensation law firm in Pennsylvania that exclusively represents injured employees. Our attorneys bring 30 years of experience and results, including cases involving prior injuries or pre-existing health conditions.
We represent workers in any occupation in the Philadelphia area and southeast Pennsylvania, and offer a free consultation at 888-229-6467 or 215-268-7646. Call us as soon as possible after your workplace accident or symptoms, and seek medical care.
Pre-Existing Conditions Cannot Be Held Against You
Under Pennsylvania workers' compensation law, your employer must provide medical care and wage benefits for aggravation of a pre-existing condition:
- A workplace accident or job duties can cause a re-injury or flare-up of a previous injury such as a back strain, knee injury or carpal tunnel syndrome.
- An accident or work duties can aggravate an existing medical condition such as arthritis, asthma or degenerative disc disease.
The pre-existing condition does not have to be related to your current employment — it could be from a genetic disease, an incident at your previous job, or an old sports injury or car accident. It does not matter whether or not the employer was aware of your condition.
However, the new injury claim must be work-related. Employers and their workers' comp insurers commonly challenge claims and reject medical bills by arguing (a) that the injury didn't happen at work or (b) that the injury is not disabling. Our lawyers are skilled at establishing the workplace cause, proving you can't work and challenging "independent" medical exams.
Medical care is critical after aggravating a pre-existing condition. We protect your right to see preferred specialists to prevent further damage to your body, and your right to stay off the job until you are healed.
Contact us today for proven representation. We offer a free consultation, with convenient locations around the Philly Metro area, Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County and Berks County.