If an Old Injury Gets Worse Due to Work
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.
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.
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 pre-existing condition, contact the attorneys at Wertz Law Firm. We'll help you obtain the compensation you are legally owed.