Sometimes our clients are concerned that their pre-existing condition will prevent them from being able to make any claim for compensation. If you’ve been wondering if you are eligible for compensation or if your pre-existing condition will prevent your claim from being successful, here we will help to answer your questions. We explain what pre-existing conditions are, how they can impact your claim, and how our team will work around them to secure a successful outcome for you. We understand that all your questions may not be answered here, and we welcome a call to further discuss.
What is a Pre-Existing Condition?
A pre-existing condition is something that you have shown symptoms of before the incident you are wanting to claim compensation for occurred. For example, if you have had issues with your ankle previously and attain an ankle injury at the workplace, you have had a pre-existing condition. You will need skilled and experienced professionals such as our team of attorneys at Workers Compensation & Personal Injury Attorney Victorville, CA to be able to handle this case for you to ensure fair treatment.
Types of Pre-Existing Conditions
Pre-existing conditions can come in a range of different forms from a physical injury, physical condition, an illness for example carpal tunnel syndrome in the past as well as the requirement for seeing glasses or hearing aids. For example, if you have previously had surgery on your shoulder and obtain an injury on that shoulder, whether related to the original issue or not, this could be deemed as a pre-existing condition. This can be based solely on the location of the new injury and have no relevance to the previous injury.
Influence of a Pre-Existing Condition
The influence of a pre-existing condition can vary drastically from case to case. Our role at Workers Compensation & Personal Injury Attorney Victorville, CA is to prove why, whether there was a pre-existing condition or not, that the injury sustained would have had the same impact on our client. For example, if you have had an issue with your knee previously, and an accident inflicts further injury on that knee, our argument will be that regardless of the pre-existing condition, the impact from the injury would have had the same result on those without a pre-existing condition.
Our approach to cases that include pre-existing conditions is to prove that although there was a pre-existing, it did not have an active role in the injury or illness that has been obtained. To enable us to do this, we will need a medical certificate stating what has caused the injury or illness, as well as previous medical history associated to the pre-existing condition. Having all the relevant information will help us to build a strong case and avoid any unknown information arising after the process has already started. It is important that our clients are completely transparent with us to ensure we can set the correct path of seeking compensation.