A perception exists that arthritis should not qualify someone to receive disability benefits, despite it being the leading cause of disability in people over age 50.
Arthritis is a medical affliction that generally refers to joint inflammation. The term is used to explain many different types of rheumatic conditions that affect a person's joints, tissue that surrounds the joint and connective tissue.
Some jobs make a person more susceptible to aggravating a pre-existing condition like arthritis, specifically jobs that require a person to perform repetitive motions, endure high-impact activities or remain sedentary for long periods. Examples include typing, assembly line work, construction work and other types of manual labor.
Workers' compensation covers work-related injuries that aggravate a pre-existing condition such as arthritis, even if that condition made the person more susceptible to future injury. In order to receive workers' compensation benefits for an aggravation of a pre-existing condition, a person must show that the aggravation of the injury was work-related and the resulting disability prevents him or her from performing his or her job duties.Wilmington Work Injury Claim Attorneys
The Delaware work-related arthritis lawyers at Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty are committed to ensuring that you receive the workers' compensation benefits that you are entitled to. We understand how painful and debilitating arthritis can be, and we know how to assemble the proper documentation to support your workers' comp claim.
Common types of arthritis include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or lupus)
If necessary, we will refer you to a specialist for additional tests and treatment that can help you with your claim.
If your workers' compensation claim has been denied, the legal team at Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty will help you navigate the appeals process so you can receive the benefits you deserve. You will not pay attorney fees unless we obtain benefits for you.
Contact us to schedule a free consultation in which we will review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take.