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Can I Receive Worker’s Compensations for a Re-Injury?

November 13, 2016

After suffering from one injury while on the job, it’s hard to imagine that you might have to go through it again. However, there is always a chance that future injuries could occur, especially the possibility of reinjuring your previous affliction. So what are your options if you suffer a re-injury after already settling one worker’s compensation plan? We are here to talk you through your options.

Depending on your injury, your health insurance, and the evidence you’re able to gather, your re-injury may still be covered under your original claim. If this is the case, then you would need to extend your coverage for the re-injury by contacting your insurance company. If you are no longer being compensated for that injury, you will have to start the process of filing for worker’s compensation all over again.

Compensation is distributed on a case-by-case basis, meaning each injury claim will be treated under the same process. After you report your second injury to your employer, they will then notify your claimed insurance company. According to the details of your injury, the insurance company will then settle your second claim.

If you sustain a second injury on the job, or re-injure yourself in a similar way, make sure you take the following steps:

  • Report the incident as soon as possible.
  • Carefully document exactly what occurred and make sure you can prove it was a result of your work-related tasks.
  • Have your doctor document your injuries as well, so you can prove the injury is a new one, and not ongoing damage from the original injury.
  • Gather as much evidence as possible—each piece will increase your chances of receiving workers’ compensation for your injury.

If your claim is denied, do not fear. There is still hope. We recommend hiring an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Adequate representation is incredibly beneficial when trying to receive the settlement that you reserve, and our lawyers at The Workers’ Compensation Law Firm are happy to advocate for you on your case.