Q: I have a previous knee injury claim for an on-the-job injury which was closed several years ago. My knee has become stiff due to arthritis that has developed. My doctor indicates that there is not much that can be done in the way of treatment. What should I do?
A: Even though your doctor is not currently recommending further medical treatment, if your industrially related knee condition has worsened objectively, you should be entitled to have your claim reopened and have a re-evaluation of the permanent partial disability decision made. As the law now stands, an individual has seven years from the date that the claim is first “finally closed” to reopen the claim. If you wait beyond seven years from the first final closure of your claim, you may lose the right to reopen the claim. Learn more about workers’ compensation claims.