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If An Old Injury Gets Worse Due To Work, You May Have A Workers’ Compensation Claim

Many people who have never interacted with the Iowa workers’ compensation system are surprised to learn that an injury doesn’t necessarily need to be “new” to be compensable. If you injure a part of your body for which you received past medical treatment, therapy or even surgery, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation if your job worsened the injury.

At Wertz Law Firm, P.C., we have represented many injured workers who have suffered multiple prior low back injuries. For example, if you injured your back two years ago, had surgery, returned to work, and then re-injured the same part of your back while at work, you are entitled to compensation. Similarly, if you developed arthritis in your knees over time, you are still entitled to compensation if you have a new injury or worsen your existing problem due to your work.

What About Preexisting Conditions That Are Not Entirely Work-Related?

Repetitive bending, twisting and lifting on the job will make a bad back more painful. If this is true for you, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation, no matter what your employer or their insurance company may tell you.

Insurance companies often argue your activities outside of work also contribute to your injury. However, under Iowa law, your work needn’t be the major factor leading to your injury, just as long as it is a substantial factor. If you’ve had a claim denied due to a preexisting condition, contact our attorneys. We’ll help you fight for the compensation you are legally owed.

Offering Free Consultations And Contingency-Fee Representation

At Wertz Law Firm, P.C., we make it easy to afford representation from a workers’ compensation lawyer. We offer free initial consultations and take all cases on contingency. That means we don’t charge any legal fees until and unless we help you obtain compensation. To discuss your case and learn how we can help, call our office in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, at 319-774-2687. You can also submit an online contact form.