If you are like most people in Nebraska, you assume that you will be properly protected should you become ill or injured on the job. This seems like a natural and reasonable assumption. However, it is important for you to know that the state’s workers’ compensation program has many detailed clauses that may play into the acceptance or denial of your claim for benefits. 

According to the Nebraska legislature, the acceptance of a workers’ compensation claim where a pre-existing condition may have been involved could depend in part on the nature of the pre-existing condition or the current injury. For example, if you have had arthritis for a while and the condition flares as a direct result of your current job, you may be entitled to claim workers’ compensation benefits. If, however, you experience a problem with your heart, you may need to prove that the stress to your heart experienced on the job was greater than any stress related to your pre-existing heart condition. 

For all workers’ compensation claims, you will need to prove that your injury or medical condition was directly caused by some facet of your employment. Claims may be accepted for both occupational diseases and injuries that resulted from accidents. These things do not need to have been associated with a single event. 

If you would like to learn more about the nuances of the state’s laws on workers’ compensation and how to collect and present the proper evidence to support your claim, please feel free to visit the injured employee benefits page of our Nebraska workers’ compensation website.