Q If my work-related accident injures a part of my body which had previously been injured, can I still recover workers' comp benefits?
Yes. North Carolina Workers' Compensation benefits provide compensation for injuries and illnesses that arise in the course and scope of your employment. If you are concerned you will only receive partial benefits because you had previously been injured in a non-work accident, that may not be the case. Workers may receive full comp benefits for work injuries that exacerbate or worsen a pre-existing condition.
How the North Carolina Industrial Commission treats cases involving pre-existing conditions is not consistent. Read more about pre-existing conditions related to workers' comp or contact our workers' comp lawyers in Raleigh.