Q & A: If I Had Prior Injuries, Will Workers’ Compensation Still Cover Me For My Work Injury?

Posted on April 13th, 2016 by Bradley Dworkin

There are many stages that a workers’ compensation claim will go through over its life cycle. Which stages the claim goes through will depend on the severity of the injury and the treatment plan. Depending on the stage of a claim, there are a number of possible answers to the question, “If I had prior injuries, will workers’ compensation still compensate me for my work njury?

Q: My prior injuries are to the same part of the body as my work injury, will I be compensated for my work injury?

A: Yes, the insurance must still compensate you for your injury if the work accident “aggravated a pre-existing condition.” For example, if you have had prior back problems, and were later involved in a work injury that aggravated your back condition to the point medical treatment was received, you will still be compensated for your work injuries, subject to the other provisions of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Q: My prior injuries are not to the same part of the body as my work injury, will I be compensated for my work injury?

A: Yes. The Insurance Company cannot use the fact that you have had prior injuries to a different part of the body against you.

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