Pre-Existing Conditions in Workers' Comp. from Pothitakis Law

Iowa Workers’ Compensation with Regards to Pre-Existing Conditions

A confusing and oftentimes frustrating aspect of Iowa Workers’ Compensation Law is in regards to injuries sustained on the job where there has also been a pre-existing condition. When it comes to receiving workers’ compensation benefits, an employee is available to obtain help for any injury occurring while on the job or as a result of activities or responsibilities associated with your position that exacerbated a pre-existing condition. While all claims need to be evaluated on a case by case basis, you may be entitled to receiving your workers’ compensation benefits if your pre-existing condition has worsened as a direct result of you job. 

Be aware, if you have a pre-existing condition that is aggravated by your job and you are looking to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, you will most likely find some resistance from an employer or insurance provider. This situation can be complicated by your pre-existing condition when it comes to proving that your job has made your condition more intense that it otherwise would have been had you not had that specific job. It will be extremely important for you to have detailed documentation of every incident and any treatment you have received for any injury sustained while at work, no matter how small you may think the injury is.

Proving that a condition has been exacerbated by work tasks can be easier for some pre-existing conditions than others. 


A condition that can be easily aggravated by jobs that required repetitive motions is arthritis. Many people who have careers in office settings, manual labor, and construction work have experienced arthritis that has worsened as a result of their job responsibilities. 


While it can be difficult to prove that an injury accelerated or reactivated a pre-existing condition, you can get help from workers’ compensation lawyers who are well versed in these types of cases. 

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