So you were hurt on the job, filed a claim for workers’ comp benefits, went to hearing, and were approved for benefits. Now your condition has gotten worse.But your case is over …. or is it?
Your condition may change after your workers’ compensation claim is approved. Maybe you returned to a light duty job, but your doctor has now taken you back out of work so you have additional periods of disability. Or maybe additional medical treatment, such as surgery or steroid injections, is being prescribed. When you have a change in your work status or recommended medical treatment, you can file a change in condition application with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission to get your benefits approved.
When you file a change in condition application seeking reinstatement of disability benefits or additional medical treatment, you must show not only a change in your condition but also that the change is due to your initial work injury or occupational disease. You must answer yes to at least one of the following questions: