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Diabetes and its affect on your workers compensation claim

Do you have a health condition such as diabetes? Do you know this can impact your settlement for your workers compensation claim? The question the court will have to determine is how much of the employees injury was due to him having diabetes or because of his work. There are certain factors the court will have to consider such as the extent of his illness, his job duties and etc.

Diabetes is medical condition, which the patient has high blood glucose levels, also known as blood sugar. This condition is caused either because the patient does not produce enough insulin or because their body does not respond to insulin the way it should be. A patient can also be diagnosed to have a combination of the both.

There are three types of diabetes:

  1. Type 1: This type of diabetes is the result of the body not producing enough insulin. This type is not very common and only about 10% of people with diabetes have this type. For the rest of their lives, patients will need to insulin shots. They need to follow a special diet and check their sugar levels constantly.
  2. Type 2: This type of diabetes is the result of body not producing enough insulin for the body to properly function or the patient’s body does not react to insulin. This type is very common and about 90% of people with diabetes have this type. This type usually gets worst with time.
  3. Gestational Diabetes: This type of diabetes affects women who are pregnant. This usually happens with the woman has high sugar levels and the body is not able to produce insulin fast enough.

As a result of having diabetes, it can have an effect on your work and if you are injured on the job it will have an effect on your workers compensation claim. Some factors is considering the settlement of your claim would be:

  1. Whether having diabetes in an independent cause of the inability perform certain job functions such as using your arms or legs
  2. Whether his work activities have any cause to his injuries or are they the result of his progressive diabetes
  3. Whether he should receive disability benefits as result

This is not an easy decision to make and the court will have to listen to testimony from the doctors and other experts to determine what percent of the injuries are a result of diabetes. It is important to have an attorney that will have your best interest and argue on your behalf.

At The Hoffman Firm, we have represented many worker compensation cases throughout South Florida who are trying to settle claims and have diabetes. If you are trying to settle your workers compensation claim, it is important to have someone that will protect your interests and guide you through every stage of the legal process. The legal process can be incredibly stressful, it is essential to have someone that will be your voice and has the experience of representing South Florida residents in worker compensation cases. We are dedicated to providing you with the best the legal team and are compassionate of your needs throughout this process. Call us now at (800) 223-1866 or contact us online to set up your free, confidential consultation now.

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Evan A. Hoffman

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