Workers' Compensation and Pre-Existing Conditions
Sometimes, it is fairly easy to link an injury to work activities. If a worker falls and breaks his leg, or suffers a crush injury to his hand, there are often witnesses and clear medical evidence of work-relationship. On the other hand, there are injuries that worsen over time, or can be linked to multiple causes. Often, these more complicated injuries result in denied workers' compensation claims.
At McCroskey Law, our workers' compensation attorneys are experienced at handling cases related to pre-exisiting conditions. We understand the legal hurdles that a person with pre-existing medical problems faces, and are ready to help.
Under current Michigan law, an injured worker must prove there is a "medically distinguishable" work related injury when there is a preexisting medical condition. Evidence of increased pain alone will not be enough. Generally speaking, an injured worker must have medical evidence showing that his work injury caused a physical change in his condition.
When you have a preexisting condition, you need a workers' compensation attorney who understands not only the law, but also how to read and interpret medical records. At McCroskey Law, we have been representing injured workers since 1949, and our workers' compensation team has the skills and experience needed to develop and litigate your workers' comp claim.
Contact us today for a free consultation. We are readily accessible with offices in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and Battle Creek. We are your local workers' compensation team, and look forward to working with you.