Pyramiding of Benefits Law and Legal Definition

Under workers' compensation law, the term "pyramiding" or "duplication" is used to describe the situation of multiple disabilities flowing from a single industrial injury. [Franklin v. Workers' Comp. Appeals Bd., 79 Cal. App. 3d 224, 250 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 1978)].

A claimant should not be compensated twice (or more) for the same symptomatology; such a result would overcompensate the claimant for the actual impairment of his earning capacity. In the field of workers' compensation law, such duplication has often been referred to as "pyramiding of benefits," "pyramiding of disabilities," or "pyramiding of compensation". [Brady v. Brown, 4 Vet. App. 203, 206 (Vet. App. 1993)].