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How Do Pre-Existing Conditions Affect Your Workers' Compensation Claim for a Back Injury?

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Injury with Pre-Existing Conditions

If you have a pre-existing condition and suffer a back injury at work, you may wonder how it will affect your workers' compensation claim. The truth is that pre-existing conditions can complicate your claim, but they do not necessarily disqualify you from receiving benefits. Here are some tips to help you navigate this process:

1. Disclose Your Pre-Existing Condition

The first step in handling a workers' compensation claim with a pre-existing condition is to disclose it to your employer and the insurance company. Failure to do so could result in your claim being denied or delayed. Being honest about your condition and how it may have contributed to your injury is important.

2. Get Medical Treatment

If you have a pre-existing condition and suffer a back injury at work, it's crucial to seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Your doctor can help determine the extent of your injury and how it may be related to your pre-existing condition. Make sure to follow your doctor's orders and attend all scheduled appointments.

3. Gather Evidence

To strengthen your workers' compensation claim, it's important to gather Evidence that supports your case. This may include medical records, witness statements, and any other relevant documentation. Your attorney can help you gather and organize this Evidence.

4. Work with an Experienced Attorney

Navigating a workers' compensation claim with a pre-existing condition can be complex and overwhelming. Working with an experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the benefits you deserve. Your attorney can also help negotiate with the insurance company and represent you in court if necessary.

Having a pre-existing condition does not mean that you are not entitled to workers' compensation benefits for a back injury suffered at work. By disclosing your condition, seeking medical treatment, gathering Evidence, and working with an experienced attorney, you can increase your chances of a successful claim.

If you need assistance with your workers' compensation claim, contact Schotter Millican, LLP today. (718) 550-0610

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