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  • Can an employer stop salary due to employee being injured and off for 10 days. Still waiting for MRI but workers comp is slow.

    I fell down concrete steps on Jan 21st. went to employers doctor and they did xrays and said I could return to work within 3 days. I caught bronchitis on Feb 7th I was coughing really hard and something in my back snapped. I was in extreme pain. ...

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    Your question involves many different issues which you may find easier to discuss with an attorney. You should call a workers' compensation attorney in your area who can ask you questions and help you find a solution. Good Luck.

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  • Should contact a workers comp lawyer??

    I was hurt at work back in 2008 .. I hurt my back.. In August of this year I found out that I have degenerative disc in my lower back and a disc out of alignment in the middle of my back.. I had a acdf to fix the disc in my neck in October but my ...

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    More information is needed to properly answer your question. Did you hurt your neck or back in 2008? Is the surgery you had in October 2014 related to the 2008 injury or a new claim? You may have a new claim for occupational disease if your job caused your back condition which required surgery and your job exposed you to an increased risk of developing the back condition. The second element is typically difficult to prove when you have degenerative disk disease.

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  • Is there any lawyers that will handle a workers comp. case if they are a federal employee? Looking for one in around Kinston, NC

    fell on my way to work getting gas. I'm a rural carrier and we have protection from portal to portal. (From my house to work from work to house.) So my boss is contested it cause I stop to get gas which I have to have in order to deliver mail and ...

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    You may contact:

    Daniel F. Read
    Attorney at Law
    115 E. Main St.
    Durham, North Carolina 27701-3601
    919-683-1900 (FAX 919-682-4955)
    Email: readlaw@aol.com

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  • Is this legal?

    My job just gave me a separation notification and this all happened while I am still under workers comp and my next Doctor's appointment is next week. When asked was this just for me they told me that mines came down from Human Resources. Since th...

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    The accurate answer to your question depends upon the reason for the separation. As others have suggested, you should consult with an attorney with whom you can provide more specific information so that you can be provided a more specific response regarding your rights.

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  • Workmen comp decided to pay my settlement in weekly installments SSDI wants all my money from is there help?

    weekly installments will reduce my benefits, I need that money to improve my home to make me more independent as well as pay off some bills, I had a total knee replacement under WC disability is Rheumatoid Arthritis & Severe Fibromyalgia among o...

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    There will be an offset between workers' compensation and social security disability benefits. Your employer does not have to pay your settlement in a lump sum, but there may be ways you can persuade them to do so and then you can keep more of your SSDI benefits. For more information you should contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney in person.

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  • Why would a law firm say that they're not in a position to help with a disability claim when that is what they do?

    I have rheumatoid arthritis and suffer from it bad. So, I'm appealing for medicaid; Nc says you have to have disability to get medicaid or have children or pregnant. I want medicaid to help with my chronic disease. This is what I have to do in ord...

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    As stated by others, there are many reasons one firm may not be able to assist you, but you are fortunate that there are many qualified attorneys handling disability claims . Call some other firms and you may find some to assist you.

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  • Do I have any legal recourse as I was released from employment 3 days after returning to work on full duty after being on WC

    Involved in single vehicle accident concrete truck rollover. I have impeccable driving record but believed brakes were faulty. Accident occurred 2/10 mile from yard fully loaded. Employer mechanics found no issues and I was not charged by DOT. Oth...

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    You may have recourse,but I would need more information from you regarding your termination such as the explanation you were given for termination. You may have a retaliatory discharge claim, an age discrimination claim, or you may entitled to additional workers' compensation benefits depending on the extent to which you had recovered from your injuries, even though you were released to return to work full duty. You should contact an attorney to discuss your situation.

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  • Workers comp benefits

    I am on social security and also under a workers comp claim. I hurt my wrist while working and only getting doctor paid benefits from WC. I was planning on working some part time after I started drawing my social security benefits. I have to have ...

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    Your question is complicated and the answer varies depending upon the specific facts in your situation. I recommend you take advantage of a free consultation and discuss your situation with an attorney. You may contact my office directly at 336-777-1411.

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  • How long dose work com insure have to pay you

    i had a back injury no lawyer i sign the f26 from and the north carolina industrail aproved it so how longdose it take the work com insure to sent out or have to pay

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    The PPD benefit will usually be paid within in 14 days . If you have not been paid within 25 days you may be able to collect a 10% penalty for late payment.

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  • Preexisting workers comp conditions

    Workers comp. is considering a settlement with me for a fall that I had that injured my wrist/thumb on my right hand. After xray dr. saw that I had arthritis in the thumb joint but called it asymptomatic since I never had any problems with it befo...

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    If your claim has been accepted by workers' compensation you should be compensated for all the disability you have in your hand as a result of the work injury. If your claim is denied, you may have to compromise on the value of your claim in order to resolve your case - - - or you can file a request for hearing to get the benefits you are entitled to receive.

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