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April 2018 Archives

Prior Industrial Injuries

If you suffer an industrial injury and have previously been hurt on the job with a permanent impairment, your new injury may become what we call an "unscheduled" disability.In Arizona, that means that if your second injury causes you to make less money than you were earning l before the injury, you may be entitled to a monthly check you could receive potentially for the rest of your life.It is crucial when you're injured on the job here in Arizona that you contact a skilled workers' compensation lawyer like Matt Fendon Law Group (MFLG) if you do have a prior permanent impairment.Many times, injured workers will have their case closed without the adjuster considering a prior disability which can mean the loss of thousands and thousands of dollars to the injured worker.Furthermore, adjusters will not tell you that a prior disability from out of state will convert your new injury to an unscheduled disability which will make you eligible for a lifetime benefits. We tell our injured workers that if they have a prior out of state disability, make sure they obtain those records from their prior out of state lawyer, or dig them up if they have them in storage. These records will be crucial for the subsequent injury.Please feel free to call MFLG about this subject or any other subjects involving workers' compensation or Social Security disability issues. We are the rock for injured and disabled workers in Arizona.


The answer is "yes." Of course, there's no guarantee that your case will settle. Every case is different.Injured workers in the state of Arizona are able to settle their workers' compensation cases. When we say "settle," we mean receiving money in a lump sum in exchange for giving up future rights on your case.There are different kinds of settlements. For example, if someone has an accepted Worker's Compensation claim, and they are receiving a permanent monetary benefit, they may be able to settle that monetary benefit for a lump sum. In this circumstance, their medical benefits stay in place.Another type of settlement involves an Arizona injured worker's ability to settle their supportive care benefits. In this circumstance, the injured worker settles their limited annual medical benefits via their workers' compensation claim for a lump sum.The newest form of lump sum settlement in Arizona is full and final settlement. This is brand new to the state as of November 2017. What this means is injured workers can settle their entire case-the indemnity and medical benefits for a lump sum. This means that they're receiving a lump sum of money in exchange for forfeiting any and all compensation and forfeiting any and all medical benefits. These types of settlements are very complex and we strongly urge all Arizona injured workers to consult with a Worker's Compensation certified specialist before settling these claims.Our founder, Matt Fendon, is a Certified Specialist according to the state bar of Arizona. Please feel free to call Matt Fendon Law Group (MFLG) for a free consultation on your full and final settlement or any other workers' compensation or Social Security disability issue.We are the Rock for Arizona's injured and disabled workers.

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