Illinois Pre-existing Conditions – Compensable or not?

The Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission has recently reaffirmed it’s position that pre-existing condition can be compensable under the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act if the injured worker can prove that the condition was accelerated, aggravated or exacerbated by the injury at work.

This means that even though you may have a prior injury to a specific body part if you re-injure that body part due to activities at work that requires additional treatment it may be compensable under the Act. Furthermore, if you have a degenerative condition such as arthritis but it is not symptomatic, i.e. not painful, and now it is symptomatic due to the injury at work, the medical treatment required to treat that condition and relieve the symptoms could be covered under the Act.

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