Can a workers compensation claim be reopened?  Yes. If a claim has been closed less than 60 days, the appropriate action is to protest or appeal the closing order. If it has been more than 60 days, a doctor must certify that there is objective evidence (x-ray, MRI, etc) of a worsening of the medical condition caused by the industrial injury. Be aware- after seven (7) years the claim may not be re-opened for all benefits.

If you or someone you know was injured at work or their injury has worsened after claim closure, contact Peter Abbarno at (360) 736-1301 for a free injury consultation and evaluation.