Aggravated That Pre-Existing Condition at Work? You Are Covered in Illinois.
Too often, we hear people tell us that they aggravated an old injury or condition at work but did nothing about it because they assumed it would not be covered. This is not true! Illinois Workers’ Compensation law specifically covers aggravations and accelerations of pre-existing conditions – even if your employer knew about that condition.
Let’s assume that you have had problems with your back on and off for years, and have even received medical care for these problems. If you have a new accident at work that worsens your condition, leading to the need for treatment or even causes you to miss time from work, Illinois law protects you. This is true for both specific injuries and repetitive injuries. As long as a new injury aggravates or accelerates that preexisting, old problem, you are protected by Illinois law.
However, proving this can be tricky. It requires a medical opinion from your doctor. Therefore, what you tell your doctor can make or break your case. Seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to make sure that you make, and not break, your case.