What Happens When I Have A Pre-Existing Condition?
A pre-existing condition does not automatically disqualify you for workers’ compensation benefits. However, it can make things a tad more complicated, which is why you need an experienced lawyer to help you submit the proper medical evidence along with your claim.
I am attorney David Garner. As a former workers’ comp insurance defense lawyer, I know how to navigate complex claims. If a pre-existing medical condition has been aggravated by a work accident or injury, I can help you pursue the benefits to which you are entitled. I can also help you appeal a denied claim.
Did A Workplace Injury Aggravate Your Pre-Existing Condition?
Pre-existing illnesses or conditions that are made worse by a work injury are compensable under Georgia law. This includes injuries caused by repetitive motions. A few of the most common types of pre-existing medical conditions that are often aggravated due to a workplace accident include:
- Degenerative disk disease
- Back injuries
- Joint injuries
Helping You Collect Medical Records For A Stronger Case
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company will probably try to deny your claim based on a pre-existing condition. However, I used to handle these types of cases for insurance companies and I understand how we can better strengthen your claim. I can help you provide the medical evidence needed to prove that the work accident made your condition worse. I know what types of medical tests and reports are necessary in these cases.
When making your application for workers’ compensation benefits, it is best to be honest when it comes to disclosing a pre-existing illness or injury. Failure to do so can make the road more difficult. However, I will thoroughly review your options so you can make the most informed decision about how to proceed.