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Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law – Compensable Injury & Aggravation of a Pre-Existing Injury

Pennsylvania workers are protected under the law in situations where they are injured on the job. Most people think of an injury on the job as involving an accident of some kind. However, under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law, there is no requirement that there be an actual accident which results in injury. Rather, diseases and conditions which develop over time can be compensable or covered under workers’ compensation. One commonly overlooked type of injury involves aggravation of a pre-existing condition or a reactivation of an old injury.

Below are common examples of pre-existing injuries which may be compensable under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation laws:

1. Aggravation of a pre-existing shoulder injury

Many construction, factory or industrial workers who engage in repetitive behavior are at risk for developing shoulder injuries, like rotator cuff injuries. An injury may occur, which triggers shoulder symptoms which eventually resolve.  Months or years later, the shoulder symptoms may reappear due to repetitive work conditions. Workers who sustain shoulder injuries in these kinds of situations may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

2. Aggravation of a pre-existing knee injury

Knee injuries are some of the most common kinds of injuries. Slip and falls, car accidents, etc. can result in a knee injury. Workers who suffer a non-work related knee injury may still be able to recover for a work related knee injury.

3. Aggravation of a pre-existing back injury

Back injuries are also very common injuries, whether due to work conditions or not. Workers who have previously had back pain symptoms can recover for work-related aggravation of those symptoms.

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The workers’ compensation and social security disability lawyers at Schwartz & Blackman handle cases in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area, including:

  • PA: Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County, Philadelphia County, Allentown, Lehigh Valley, Norristown, Philadelphia
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Published: August 25, 2012



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