Understanding Your Rights After a Workplace Accident that Made a Pre-Existing Condition Worse
Millions of Americans suffer from pre-existing conditions. When a workplace accident exacerbates those pre-existing conditions, you might be entitled to compensation. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney so that you understand your rights and responsibilities after an injury on the job.
At Freeburn Law, we represent employees who are injured while at work. Our legal team can help determine whether you have a valid claim for workers’ compensation benefits or should pursue a lawsuit against any liable parties. If a workplace accident made your pre-existing condition worse, contact our office at (717) 777-7777 for a free case evaluation. All consultations are confidential and without obligation to retain our firm.
Pre-Existing Conditions and Workers’ Compensation in PA
Under most circumstances, if you sustain illness or injury at work, you will file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act protects employees and employers in the state. The Act provides compensation for employees with work-related injuries or diseases. Compensation may include money for medical treatment, lost wages, and more.
Workers’ compensation not only covers new injuries that are sustained at work but also pre-existing conditions that are made worse by workplace accidents. Proving that the incident exacerbated your pre-existing conditions may be difficult without the help of a workers’ compensation lawyer.
Suing Your Employer for Pre-Existing Conditions
Workers’ compensation typically protects employers from lawsuits related to workplace injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to compensate employees for all of their losses related to the on-the-job accident.
However, there are certain circumstances where you might be able to sue your employer or another liable third party for your injuries or pre-existing conditions that were exacerbated by the accident.
Most employers in Pennsylvania are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Failure to maintain the insurance is not only unlawful, but it may also open your employer open to liability. Additionally, intentional acts causing injury or death may not be covered under workers’ compensation benefits. Finally, when the injury is caused by an independent contractor, you might be able to file a lawsuit against that person or company.
Protecting Your Right to Recovery
Proving that your pre-existing condition was made worse by the workplace accident can be challenging. You need to provide evidence of the medical condition and show how it was exacerbated by the incident. An attorney can help you prove your case and negotiate a favorable outcome.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
If a workplace accident made your pre-existing injury or condition worse, contact our office at (717) 777-7777 for a free consultation. Let us help you get the maximum workers’ compensation benefits. Do not settle for less than your case is worth.
When you are hurt at work, you need experience you can trust. Do not sign anything without first contacting our office to discuss your legal options. Workers’ compensation claims are routinely denied. If your claim for benefits was denied or you believe that you are not receiving the maximum amount, you need a second opinion. Call now to get started.