WORKERS' COMPENSATION INJURIES CAN PAY DISABILITY PAYMENTS FOR YOUR LIFE EVEN IF YOU HAD PREVIOUS INJURIES OR A PRE-EXISTING DISABILITY BEFORE YOUR MOST RECENT WORKERS' COMPENSATION INJURY.
In fact, in certain cases the benefits that workers' compensation can pay are more than Social Security, long-term disability and other disability programs if there are multiple injuries or pre-existing disabilities.
We pursue these benefits through the Subsequent Injuries Benefits Trust Fund (SIBTF). Many attorneys do not spot these cases, but Thomas Employment Law Group, Inc., does, which provides injured workers' lifetime payments.
The SIBTF threshold has two elements. The first element is that a permanent disability must be determined at a certain disability level from the present workers' compensation industrial injury. The second element is that you, the injured worker, had a verifiable pre-existing disability, surgery or medical condition which limited you in the open competitive labor market.
If these conditions exist, you could be entitled to lifetime benefits.
IF YOU HAVE A CURRENT WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM AND YOU HAD ANY OF THE FOLLOWING DIAGNOSED BEFORE YOUR CURRENT WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM, YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR LIFETIME BENEFITS:
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
High blood pressure
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)