If you settled your NJ workers’ compensation claim, it is possible that your injuries could get worse later on. If this happens, you may still able to reopen your claim so that you can receive additional benefits. To reopen your claim, you must show that you require additional medical care or prove that your permanent disability has increased to a material degree. If you are successful, you may again be able to receive all three types of workers’ compensation benefits: payment for your medical bills, pay for lost time at work, or a cash settlement.
There is a time limit that you must meet in order to reopen your claim. You must reopen your lawsuit within two years of your last workers’ compensation payment.
If you wait any longer, your case will be closed forever. Insurance adjusters may tell you that your case is closed before it actually is, so it is a good idea to contact a NJ workers’ compensation lawyer that you can trust to guide you through this process.