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Can you reopen a workers’ comp claim in North Carolina?

| Nov 7, 2020 | Workers' Compensation

Those who have spent some time working through the workers’ compensation system understand the importance of following the rules. For instance, you must comply with all orders your doctor provides. Failure to do so could have a negative effect on your ability to receive full benefits. As a result, you may not heal properly, and your financial situation could worsen.

In many cases, injured workers do improve when they follow their physician’s orders, but there are no guarantees when it comes to the human body. Even well-trained medical providers may release patients for work duty before they are 100% healed.

For instance, say that you and your doctor decide that you have recovered and may return to your job. However, after a few of performing your work duties, your injury symptoms return, making it impossible to continue working. In such cases, it may be possible to have your workers’ compensation benefits reinstated based on a change in your condition.

Unfortunately, getting your benefits reinstated is not always a simple matter. You will have to show an administrative judge that your current condition is a direct result of your original workplace injury. You must also demonstrate that you need additional workers’ comp benefits to manage your condition.

Although you can try to have your benefits reinstated on your own, you may achieve better results by seeking assistance from an attorney familiar with workers’ compensation laws. Such a partnership helps you collect the evidence you need to show a judge why you need your benefits continued. Your attorney can also help you complete the right forms and other paperwork necessary to have your claim reinstated.