A pre-existing condition will not prevent you from getting workers’ compensation benefits in Pennsylvania. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, even if you had a pre-existing problem, such as arthritis, you may receive benefits if you can show that an aggravation, re-activation or acceleration of the condition resulted from your job duties or the work incident. As soon as you receive a written diagnosis from your doctor, report your work injury.
The Workers’ Compensation Act applies to ALL injuries or occupational diseases occurring during the course and scope of employment and which are related to that employment. The Act applies to all injuries in Pennsylvania and can apply to injuries occurring outside of the state under certain circumstances (such as travel).
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