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Ask our Attorney Mark Hedberg: Workers Compensation and the Aggravation of a Pre-existing Injury

By Mark Hedberg

Many hardworking individuals who are injured on the job or who aggravate a pre-existing injury at work fail to collect compensation they deserve because they do not fully understand workers' compensation laws.

If you aggravate or accelerate an existing medical condition because of work activities, you are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. For example, if you injured your lower back playing high school sports and a decade later that injury is aggravated because of lifting done as part of your current work duties, you have a valid claim for workers' compensation benefits.


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