How Do I File a Workers’ Comp Claim for a Chronic Condition?
I have developed a chronic condition that I suspect is related to my job. Am I eligible to file a claim for this illness?
Under workers’ compensation law, you are eligible to receive benefits for a long term, chronic injury or illness that is job related. However, you will need to be able to prove that your chronic condition is somehow related to your job. Keep in mind that even “invisible” injuries such as pinched nerves or carpal tunnel syndrome are eligible for coverage under workers’ compensation, as these conditions can cause long term pain and discomfort. You may also be eligible for benefits if you have a pre-existing condition that was aggravated or made worse by your job. For example, if you have high blood pressure, were asked to lift something heavy at your job and had a heart attack, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation since your job related duties aggravated your existing condition.
The best course of action, especially for chronic conditions and occupational diseases, is to file with the assistance of a workers’ compensation lawyer.