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.