During the course of your life, you may have injured your back, neck or another body part. You may have gotten medical treatment after your injury or perhaps you just coped with the pain in the best way you could.
When performing your work duties, you aggravate your existing injury. Are you entitled to workers' compensation benefits?
The answer is "yes." Under Georgia law, you can claim benefits when your work activities aggravate a pre-existing condition or injury. However, your employer and its workers' compensation insurance company want to keep claim costs low. Your claim could be denied, or your benefits could be terminated before you have fully recovered. Without an experienced workers' compensation lawyer on your side, you may not receive all of the medical care and benefits you are entitled to.
We Have Experience in Pre-Existing Injury Cases
The attorneys at Hilley & Frieder, P.C., have decades of experience helping injured workers in Georgia obtain medical care, rehabilitation services and benefits.
We have experience in pre-existing injury cases involving:
- Back and neck injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Knee injuries
- Carpal tunnel
- Other workplace injuries
In your case, we will work diligently to establish a medical record that documents the aggravation of your injury and the care and services you need to recover to the fullest extent possible.
What Benefits Are You Entitled To?
Cases involving aggravation of pre-existing conditions and injuries present many complex medical and legal issues. You are entitled to benefits when work activities aggravate a pre-existing condition. However, you will be able to recover medical and lost wage disability benefits only to the point at which you are restored to the pre-aggravation condition. Permanent total disability benefits are limited to the loss of function due to the aggravation only.
The workers' compensation insurance company may dispute all of these and other points: the existence of the pre-aggravation condition itself, the point at which you have been restored to your pre-aggravation condition, the degree of your disability and what portion of that was due to the aggravation itself.
Hilley & Frieder, P.C., has the experience, knowledge and resources needed to successfully address these issues. Our goal in your case will be to maximize your benefits.
If a workplace injury has aggravated a pre-existing condition, contact Hilley & Frieder, P.C.