In terms of Pennsylvania workers’ compensation, a pre-existing condition is an injury, illness, or health issue that existed before a worker started working for their current employer.
When an employee aggravates a pre-existing condition as a result of work-related duties, many employers will try to get out of paying for the injury. “You’ve had this injury your whole life”, they may say, “it’s not our fault”.
This, however, is not true. Aggravation of a pre-existing condition is covered by Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. Some examples involving pre-existing conditions include :
- A construction worker who has had a bad back their whole life begins experiencing more severe back pain as a result of heavy lifting on the job.
- An office worker who has had anxiety issues in the past begins having panic attacks as a result of work-related stress
- A hydrofracker with asthma begins experiencing breathing issues as a result of job-site dust and chemicals
- An office worker who has had wrist problems in the past develops carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of typing too much
- A landscaper who has had hearing issues in the past experiences hearing loss as a result of working around loud machinery
If you live in Harrisburg, Lancaster, or Chambersburg and have been injured on the job, you may be entitled to Pennsylvania workers’ compensation benefits. If you job has caused the aggravation of a pre-existing condition, contact PAWorkersCompHelpNow online or give us a call at (717) 234-2402. Do not miss out on the benefits you are entitled to!
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