Does a pre-existing injury mean I can't file a NJ work comp claim?
Picture this scenario: You had a bad knee injury back when you played football in high school. Your knee never fully recovered. Recently, you tripped over something at work and landed on your bad knee. If it weren't for your old injury, a minor accident like this would have been no big deal. However, now you're seriously injured and not sure if you can file a workers' compensation claim.
If you were hurt in a NJ work accident and have a pre-existing condition, you can absolutely file a NJ workers' compensation claim. It's normal to get hurt at some point in your life, and NJ Workers' Compensation Law doesn't penalize you for prior non-work related injuries. Your employer takes you as he finds you, which means you may be compensated if your job makes some pre-existing condition worse. You may receive payment for your medical bills, pay for lost time at work, or a cash settlement for your injuries.
During the process of filing a claim, your compensation carrier may try to use your pre-existing injury to limit their liability on your case. That's why it's important to have a Morristown Workers' Comp lawyer on your side. Manfred Ricciardelli has 20 years of experience protecting the rights of injured NJ workers. He will argue on your behalf and fight to get you the benefits you deserve for your injuries. Call our office today at 973-285-1100 to set up a free consultation. If you hire us to represent you, you only pay if you win your case.
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