MyHealthGuide Source: Joseph Dore, President, USBenefits Insurance Services, LLC, 9/23/2022
Many employers and employees are not aware that having a pre-existing condition, such as diabetes or a bad back, does not disqualify the employee from Workers’ Compensation benefits so long as condition is aggravated by an injury at work. In such cases, the employer cannot deny the claim or extent of the injury because of an employee’s pre-existing illness even if the claim is reported far beyond the date of injury.
Under no circumstance should an employee be discouraged from filing a Workers’ Compensation claim or influenced in any way. Workers’ Compensation has a formal vetting process to determine the compensability for work related claims.
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