My question involves workers compensation law for the state of: CA
I sustained a compression fracture and back contusion in 2006 and was given future medical. I am still working in the same position at the same place, but the company was sold a few years back.
My back has progressively gotten worse over the years and I believe it's from the old injury. It affects the whole spine now. Often almost all vertebrae are out of place.
Recently I wasn't able to work at all for a two week period. My doctor said I need to apply for disability and I did.
My old adjuster now says I need to file a new claim through my employer and she says I am supposed to say it is an injury accumulative from the work over the years. But I think its the results of my old injury plus my work.
I have a feeling I shouldn't file a new claim, cause it might take responsibility away from the original claim Insurance Provider. It looks like I need more diagnostic work possibly and more treatment.
My adjuster said I should file to be able to get paid through that claim for lost wages.
What is the right thing to do?
I might not be able to do my job for much longer due to the pain in my back from the work.
Thank you for your expertise and answer.