Q: If I injured something directly due to a workers comp injury is that new injury also covered under workers comp?
I broke my left ankle at the office back in June and was entitled to workers comp who has been paying for everything, of course. Since I injured my left ankle I had to rely solely on my right leg to support everything for the first 5 months. This led to me injuring my right knee a month ago. It’s painful and sounds like plastic crackling whenever I bend it with weight; difficult to walk up stairs and everything of that nature. Do I also have to go through workers comp for this injury since it’s due to my original injury or am I safe to proceed with my regular doctor?
A: Very good question! This would, most likely, fall under the initial date of accident with the insurance company, even though it's, technically, a new accident. If this new injury happened while working, it could either be a new injury or fall under the original accident. Either way, you should be covered, but I anticipate that work comp may give you some trouble, especially if your asserting that your new injury was caused by overuse/overcompensation for the original injury. As such, I highly recommend that you contact an attorney licensed to practice law in Florida and who regularly handles workers' compensation cases to help you with this.
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