I'm in the state of Alabama. Thirty years ago I injured my thumb on the job and I filed a workers comp claim. I had surgery on the thumb and was told by my doctor not to sign any release forms, which I did not do.
Now the joint in the thumb needs to be replaced due to painful arthritis. What are my rights? Thank you.
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ANSWER for "Workmans Compensation Benefits After 30 Years?":
Regrettably you have no legal recourse to recover through Workman’s Compensation or through a civil suit. The Statute of Limitations has run out on both cases. That means the allotted statutory periods in which you must either finalize your Workman’s Compensation claim or file a civil suit have expired.
Additionally, because the original injury was covered by Workman’s Compensation you are proscribed from filing a civil lawsuit anyway... 30 years is just too long a period to file most civil claims.
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