Thank you for your response.
Your claims manager has no way to know this was a reinjury or from over use and he has really overstepped his bounds, which is nothing new because it is his job to minimize what they have to pay out on workers compensation. Whether or not these are two separate injuries would be based on the doctor's medical reports, not some insurance
flunky looking to save money.
Unfortunately, you are now at the point that they have done this that you have to file a workers compensation suit against the employer and go before the workers compensation board with the medical reports showing these are two separate injuries and thus would be two separate claims for benefits and should be separated and treated as such.
The delay in filing for the second injury for almost close to a year is going to be another reason they will seek to deny the claim, so this is another reason you will likely now have to take this to a workers compensation hearing and your doctor will have to have a report detailing how these are completely separate injuries caused by two separate acts that were in the course and scope of your duty to make sure they are treated as such and to get your sick time credited back to you.
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