Littleton, CO asked in Workers' Compensation for Colorado

Q: I had a previous lumbar fusion that was not workmans comp. but now I hurt my lower back at work.

Would it be covered under workmans comp. now or can it be denied under a previous condition.

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Julie Swanberg
Julie Swanberg
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: This new injury is a new worker's compensation claim against your current employer. You need to file a Worker's Claim for Compensation form (your HR person has it) ASAP and advised whomever you're supposed to tell about this new injury. The old injury/fusion may come into play later, but I wouldn't worry about it now. It is considered a "pre-existing condition," which was re-injured or aggravated by the new injury, and it is compensable.

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