Yes, workers’ compensation can ask about past injuries. In Georgia workers’ compensation is required to provide you medical care for your work related injury, so long as you were in the course and scope of your employment, meaning you were performing the job you were hired or instructed to do. Workers’ compensation is not required to pay for injuries not related to your workers’ compensation injury. So it is critical that you advise the doctor and your supervisor of everything that hurts you when you are injured no matter how minor, as that injury could be an issue you have to fight for treatment on if you do not.
The goal of workers’ compensation is to return you to gainful employment. That often does not mean the job you were doing before you were injured. Some injuries are so bad you can not return to the work you were doing before you got hurt.
If you re-injure a body part that was injured previously, you may not have been 100 percent due to your past injury. Workers’ compensation is not required in this example to provide medical care to make you 100 percent, they are only required to pay for medical care to bring you back to where you were physically prior to the work injury.
For specific information you should reach out to a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
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