Workers’ Compensation For Pre-Existing Conditions
Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, a pre-existing injury that has been aggravated while on the job to the point of becoming a disability is eligible for coverage under the workers’ compensation program. Workers’ compensation would pay medical expenses, weekly benefits, and disability payments up until the time of maximum medical recovery for the specific work related injury for which you are filing. It would not pay you benefits to restore you to the level of health you enjoyed prior to your pre-injury condition. For example, if you had a pre-existing back problem that required treatment, and aggravated this problem during the course of your employment, you would receive benefits to treat only the current aggravation, and not the original back injury.
In some cases involving pre-existing injuries, you may be scheduled to appear at a hearing where an administrative judge will make a ruling in regards to your claim, based on testimony from both sides as well as injury reports and results of medical investigations conducted by the workers’ compensation board. If you are scheduled for a hearing, or if your claim for benefits has been denied, you are entitled to be represented by an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.