A recent ruling by the Eastern District of Missouri found that in order for previous or prior injuries to be relevant to the Second Injury Fund, the person must have reached what is called maximum medical improvement. If the injured worker had a prior injury that left them with some permanent problems, and they are injured at work subsequently, then that person can recover for their new injury in addition to their old injuries. To be clear, the point of the ruling was to say that the prior injury must have healed or else it does not come in to play. If it does, then the second injury fund would be liable for the previous injuries that occurred if they were significant enough. For the most part this means that the old work injuries must combine with the new injury to make the injured worker unable to compete for work in the open labor market.
If you have been injured at work, and have prior injuries that have left you with some form of permanent disability, contact us today for your free St. Louis workers compensation attorney consultation.
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Workers Compensation Lawyers at Roskin & Hoffmann, LLC based in St. Louis, Missouri have nearly 50 combined years of work comp experience. Call our attorneys today.