When you suffer a work related injury, but have a previous injury or disability that would render the combined total of your disability above 70%, you may have a claim against the Subseqent Injury Benefit Trust Fund. In order to qualify for this fund, the current industrial injury has to amount to at least 35% disability or 5% if there is a corresponding opposite body part. It should be noted that even if you qualify the fund can claim credit for disability pensions and social security disability insurance payments.
Claiming from this fund is very complicated and not all workers compensation attorneys handle SIBTF claims. If you currently have an attorney, and you have prior injuries ask your attorney if they do handle this type of case. If they do not, we may be able to handle it for you, even if your current attorney is handling your normal workers compensation issues.