I had an old claim that was settled back in 1992. The company attorney insisted that since I was getting a lump sum settlement that future medical entitlement was non-existent. Company attorney also warned that if any attempt to re-open claim for benifits,that any monies paid would be sued back for by the company. The judge admonished both attorneys ( their's for the tirade and mine for lack of proper representation as the case took so long garnering only monetary compensation.
After leaving the chambers the attorney sensing that there was some merit to a claim of lack of representation uttered something about the case could be re-opened at a later time for future medical if needed. Over the years my spinal and shoulder injuries have become worse to the point that it is very difficult to work through the pain. I am interested in exploring options available for getting medical and possibly lost future compensation.
At the time I was covered by federal workers compensation as my place of work was on a dockside facility. Thanks for any help.