Pre-existing conditions are covered

Under Georgia workers' compensation law, pre-existing conditions are often a source of confusion for both employees and employers. However, it's important to note that having a pre-existing condition does not automatically disqualify you from receiving workers' compensation benefits.

In fact, Georgia workers' compensation law recognizes that an employee's pre-existing condition may be aggravated or made worse by a workplace injury. As such, Georgia law provides coverage for pre-existing conditions that are aggravated or exacerbated by a workplace injury or accident.

For example, let's say an employee has a pre-existing back condition that causes occasional pain, but is generally manageable. While on the job, the employee suffers a workplace injury that significantly worsens their pre-existing condition, causing severe and chronic pain that prevents them from returning to work. In this scenario, the employee may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages resulting from the worsening of their pre-existing condition.

It's worth noting that the coverage for pre-existing conditions only applies when a workplace injury or accident is the direct cause of the aggravation or exacerbation of the pre-existing condition. Additionally, the injured worker has the burden of proving that the workplace injury or accident was the direct cause of the worsening of their pre-existing condition.

If you have a pre-existing condition and are injured on the job in Georgia, it's important to consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can help you understand your rights and guide you through the claims process. They can help you gather the necessary evidence to prove that your workplace injury aggravated or exacerbated your pre-existing condition and fight for the benefits you deserve.