When a worker is injured or becomes ill while on the job in Massachusetts, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may include both the cost of medical treatment and wage replacement while the worker is unable to work. Sometimes a worker is hesitant to file a workers’ compensation claim because of a pre-existing condition. While a pre-existing condition can make a workers’ compensation claim a bit trickier, it does not preclude a worker from receiving benefits.
To be clear, a worker cannot receive workers’ compensation benefits in Massachusetts for an injury that occurred prior to beginning work with the current employer or for an injury that occurred while the worker was not working. However, if a worker is injured on the job and that injury combines with a pre-existing injury, or exacerbates a pre-existing injury, the worker may be entitled to benefits.