Posted on May 22, 2009 in Personal Injury
Workers’ Compensation is the only right the injured worker has against the employer. Therefore, it is important that employees know their rights and make sure their employer meets their obligation under the law. At Galfand Berger our Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys handle workers’ comp claims in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania. We have found that often employees do not realize that if they have a previously existing condition, they are still entitled to workers’ compensation.
If work causes any injury, illness or disease, employees are entitled to Workers’ Compensation. This is true regardless of a previous condition. For example, if a worker had a heart attack or open heart surgery and their job causes them to sustain another heart attack or disabling chest pain, they are entitled to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits. If their job contributed to or aggravated the disability, they are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, regardless of their previous condition. This is also true for back injuries, neck injuries or for any other condition that existed prior to their work related injury. If their job aggravated the condition causing the disability, they are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. It is important that employees do not let their employer tell them that they are not entitled to Workers’ Compensation just because they had a prior back problem, or prior heart problems, or prior lung problems. This simply is not true. The law is opposite. Employees have a right to Workers’ Compensation regardless of their prior condition.
More information on this topic can be found on the Galfand Berger website. Request a copy of our free book: Workers’ Rights to Workers Compensation and find other resources written by our Philadelphia personal injury attorneys.
Joseph LurieGalfand Berger, LLP
1818 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Philadelphia workers’ compensation attorneys of Galfand Berger who handle workers’ comp claims in Philadelphia and throughout Pennsylvania discuss the rights of workers’ who have previously existing medical conditions.