Today’s post comes from guest author Matthew Funk from Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano.
QUESTION: I HAVE A PREEXISTING INJURY TO THE SAME BODY PART I HURT AT WORK. DOES THIS MEAN I CANNOT CLAIM WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS?
ANSWER: A PREEXISTING INJURY DOES NOT STOP A CLAIM. FILE THAT CLAIM!
Joe Worker was a high school quarterback. Until that knee injury sidelined his dreams of playing for the NFL. So he became one of the best construction workers New York City could ask for. Until one day, on the job, Joe tripped over stuff somebody should have put away, and landed on that bad knee. Now, if his knee hadn’t been so screwed up in the first place, Joe would have been fine. He would have dusted himself off and gone on with the day. But the old injury flared up and Joe was sidelined again. Joe didn’t know what to do. It was, after all, his bad knee that made things worse, not a minor trip and fall on the job. So he hesitated filing a new claim. What should he do?