According to the National Safety Council, every 7 seconds, someone gets hurt while on the job. Not every injury will result in serious health problems or missed work, but any injury can cause health issues over time. If you’re one of the unlucky workers who have experienced more than one injury at a time, the process of filing multiple claims for workers’ comp can be daunting.
Do I need to file multiple claims for workers’ compensation?
Typically, if you sustain several injuries in one accident, all of those injuries are covered under a single claim. However, if you sustain injuries in multiple accidents, you may need to file multiple claims. The compensation depends on your unique circumstances, including the type of injury, the severity of the injury, and how the injuries affect your ability to work.
What if I have related injuries after the original accident?
All the physical symptoms of injuries may not surface immediately following the accident. In fact, some symptoms may not show for several weeks. For example, your doctor might diagnose a muscle strain in your back only to later realize you have a herniated disc; or, you might be diagnosed with a broken leg from a fall, then later realize your elbow was injured as well.
A workers’ comp attorney will guide you through the claims filing process, referencing relevant laws to ensure the maximum compensation to replace your income lost and cover your bills.
Situations that compound complexity:
Sustained multiple, separate injuries on the job
You are receiving compensation for an earlier injury and another injury occurs
You filed your original claim, then additional symptoms appeared
Attorney Tom Marchese practices workers comp law exclusively. For over 30 years Tom has guided his clients through the complex filing process, fighting claim denials, and achieving maximum compensation.
Every case is different, but one thing remains the same; if you’ve been injured on the job, you have rights.
Your consultation is free and without obligation. Call 614.486.3249.