If your lawyer is telling you this, it might be because your case closed on a final admission of liability. If it did, you have to reopen your case and to do that, you have to show a worsening of condition. If your case has not closed you would not have to show that your injury has gotten worse.
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In Colorado this would not close your right to reopen your workers compensation case. That would be a settlement and it required specific language in the agreement. Also, the settlement would have to be approved by the Division of Workers Compensation. But that is specific to Colorado. I can't speak for cases in other states.
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