I filed and received WC benefits 10 years ago. I recently reaggravated the same injury at work during a fire drill. I filed a claim with the new employer, but i think i need to close this one and reopen the old case. Is that right and how do I close the new case that I have already requested a hearing for since my most recent employer denied my benefits. I am no longer with that employer as they have terminated me for not being able to work.
This is a tough one to answer, because there is not always a well defined line between old and new injuries. Is it the old injury? Was the old injury aggravated by the new injury? Is it a temporary or permanent aggravation? Is it a new injury?
Ultimately, medical expert opinion is required to sort out this type of situation. In he meantime, the most prudent course may be to file a Petition to Reopen the old claim, if you have medical support.
I think that your next step is to obtain current medical records and have them reviewed by an attorney. We are happy to do so. Thanks.
I agree with the other opinion here and suggest you see an attorney before you decide. If you have aggravated the earlier injury it is usually a new claim rather than reopening
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