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  • Can a lawyer refuse to settle ?

    Was hurt on the job. Starting receiving Workers Comp. TTD payments. Had major surgery, started P.T. for three months. Injury healed successfully. Informed adjuster of plan to settle by appointed lawyer. It has been two weeks. Was told that adjuste...

    Christian’s Answer

    Your question is slightly unclear. Do you mean the adjuster appointed the lawyer? If so, that lawyer has no authority to thwart the intention of the insurance company. That being said, there is never any obligation for either party to settle.

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  • Workers comp payment information

    I got injured at work on July 8th 2015, for 90 days I got paid $280 each week after that I only get paid $197 , when I would work I would earn each week $450- $500 , am I being payed what I'm supposed to get ? My injured was falling and hitting my...

    Christian’s Answer

    It is likely that you are not being paid the correct amount. These wage issues are usually easily rectified once you get the wage data from the employer. You should get an attorney immediately to help you.

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  • Does SSDI BENEFITS harm workers compensation case?

    I was awarded SSDI. I was Injured at work and applied for Workers's Compensation, but my work-comp case still pending litigation. Now, if I win my work-comp case, how that will affect my SSDI.

    Christian’s Answer

    Specifically, you cannot "harm" your WC case by receiving SSDI benefits. However, there is an offset between Social Security and workers' compensation indemnity benefits. Unless you know exactly how much you will receive in workers' compensation at the time Social Security is paid out, you will be "overpaid" by the SSA once you win your workers' compensation case.

    If you have not done so already, you should hire a workers compensation attorney who is certified as a specialist. No more general information would help you.

    It is possible that you may end up receiving w. comp. benefits and a partial amount of your SSDI benefits. The law allows you to collect up to 80% of your pre-injury wages based upon the combination of w. comp. benefits and SSDI benefits. Of course, the amount you earned before you were injured will affect how much, if any, you will be entitled to receive in ongoing SSDI benefits at the same time as you receive w. comp. benefits. Workers compensation benefits are always primary if you are entitled to both w. comp. and SSDI benefits.

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  • Does SSDI BENEFITS harm workers compensation case?

    I was awarded SSDI. I was Injured at work and applied for Workers's Compensation, but my work-comp case still pending litigation. Now, if I win my work-comp case, how that will affect my SSDI.

    Christian’s Answer

    Specifically, you cannot "harm" your WC case by receiving SSDI benefits. However, there is an offset between Social Security and workers' compensation indemnity benefits. Unless you know exactly how much you will receive in workers' compensation at the time Social Security is paid out, you will be "overpaid" by the SSA once you win your workers' compensation case.

    If you have not done so already, you should hire a workers compensation attorney who is certified as a specialist. No more general information would help you.

    It is possible that you may end up receiving w. comp. benefits and a partial amount of your SSDI benefits. The law allows you to collect up to 80% of your pre-injury wages based upon the combination of w. comp. benefits and SSDI benefits. Of course, the amount you earned before you were injured will affect how much, if any, you will be entitled to receive in ongoing SSDI benefits at the same time as you receive w. comp. benefits. Workers compensation benefits are always primary if you are entitled to both w. comp. and SSDI benefits.

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  • What should I do? I have had no surgery yet, and same symptoms. Already had treatment scheduled, but had to now switch doctors.

    Modified piece of equipment in machine. I am a maintenance mechanic, went to pull the modified piece out, it was jammed, gave myself an Umbilical Hernia at work. Told supervisor immediately, sent me to Mid-State Occupational Health for eval, diagn...

    Christian’s Answer

    You need to get an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation, immediately. There are a whole host of issues, starting with whether a valid panel even exists, obligating you to treat with "company doctors." There are too many issues to go over in a blog post. Please act immediately!

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  • Does mental injury due to M.V.A benefits Workers' Compensation case besides head and physical injury?

    I was injured in M.V.A; I suffer head and back injury and diagnosed with PTSD and depression.

    Christian’s Answer

    You can attempt to include psychological injuries in the description of injury. You should consult with a workers' compensation attorney to learn how!

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  • Do I need to get second surgery done if its not guaranteed to work without losing my benefits

    Under pa workers comp

    Christian’s Answer

    The simple answer is, no.. However any refusal of reasonable medical care that would have resulted in decreasing disability or restoring earning power can be a basis for a suspension or reduction of benefits. If the surgery involves minimal risk and offers a high probability of success, you might be compelled to get a second surgery. However, since your question states it is not guaranteed to work, I am assuming it would be extraordinarily difficult for your employer to meet that high burden.

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  • What can I do?

    I injured myself at work smashed and broke my foot. The first workers compensation checks came in just fine and went back to work on light duty and after a few weeks of that I returned to the doctor and he didn't like the way things were going at ...

    Christian’s Answer

    You need to hire an attorney who specializes in workers' compensation law. Often times, situations as yours can be resolved with one phone call form an attorney. It sounds like some kind of oversight.

    Should the claims adjuster prove to be unreasonable, an attorney can file a penalty petition to compel the insurance company to pay you what is owed, and perhaps, a monetary penalty of up to 50% for your troubles.

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  • Could someone please give me advice on my workmen's Comp. claim

    I have been dealing with a workmans comp claim since July. My part time wages from my second job have not been paid at all. I'm constantly given the run around and have provided the insurance company with my free cccverify report they have spoken ...

    Christian’s Answer

    You need to hire a lawyer immediately. There is way too much to discuss in a blog post.

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  • Workers comp

    Hurt at work workers comp being terminated. After I'm better and no job or workers comp can I get employment?

    Christian’s Answer

    You can always get employment, at any time in the process. If you mean UNemoloyment compensation benefits, that depends on how you leave things with your employer. Is that what you are asking?

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