Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Mequon, WI
If your work-related activities have made a pre-existing condition worse, please explore your legal options with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer Mequon, WI residents trust. While workers cannot be awarded workers’ compensation benefits for pre-existing conditions that have nothing to do with their job duties, they may successfully file workers’ compensation claims in the event that work-related activities significantly worsen a pre-existing condition.
Some workers’ compensation claims are relatively straightforward and can be filed and approved in a timely manner without the assistance of an attorney. For example, if a worker bumps into a machine on a job site and sustains a superficial cut that requires stitches but no additional treatment and does not result in a need for time off work, a workers’ compensation claim related to that injury is going to result in a minor, straightforward payout and the corresponding claim can likely be filed successfully without a lawyer’s help. Any claim involving a pre-existing condition is not going to be so straightforward. Workers’ compensation claims adjusters are often trained to look for any viable excuse to reject or undervalue a claim. Especially if your pre-existing condition did not arise from a work injury or occupational illness, a claims adjuster may be very tempted to blame the aggravation of your condition on non-occupational factors. To better ensure that your claim is approved, fairly valued, and paid out in a reasonable amount of time, please connect with an experienced Mequon, WI workers’ compensation lawyer for assistance today.
Can I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim for a Pre-Existing Condition?
As noted above, the “short answer” to this question is “yes” if your work-related activities aggravated your pre-existing condition and “no” if your pre-existing condition was aggravated by non-occupational influences. In the event that your pre-existing condition was indeed aggravated by duties associated with your job, you should be able to secure a workers’ compensation award, provided that you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If you’re an independent contractor, you work for a very small company exempt from coverage requirements, or you work in certain specialty industries, the experienced Wisconsin legal team at Hickey & Turim S.C. will need to help you explore alternative paths to secure any compensation you may be entitled to.
Please note that a pre-existing condition may be aggravated by work-related injuries and/or occupational illness. Too often, workers overlook the idea that they might be entitled to benefits if they are made ill by their working conditions. Suffering from an occupational illness is an equally valid reason to request workers’ compensation benefits as a work-related injury is.
Legal Assistance Is Available
If your pre-existing condition has been significantly aggravated as a result of your job and you require additional medical care, time off of work, and/or occupational rehabilitation as a result, connect with our firm today to explore your options. An experienced Mequon, WI workers’ compensation lawyer on our team would be more than happy to answer your questions and advise you of your options during this challenging time.