Glaucoma can worsen over time, so you should probably talk to a local workers' compensation lawyer about this claim, as you may be able to keep your medical coverage open for years to come just in case you need it.
I used to work with a brilliant old lawyer who started practicing law several years before I was even born. He had a rule he never broke, and he taught it to me: Never, ever, be the third lawyer on a case if the client had fired the first two.
This old gentleman had learned the hard way over the years that as the third lawyer, you will not be able to satisfy the client, because, quite frankly, it is the client, and not the first two lawyers, who is creating the problems in the attorney -...
You potentially have a Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act claim to file with NC Dept of Labor. And you have a workers' comp claim too. You should get a free consultation from a workers' comp lawyer. If you need a referral down there in Pitt County, send me an email.
They cannot legally fire you because you file a work comp claim. They can legally fire you for just about any other reason, or for no reason. If your injury is serious enough to require medical attention and time out of work, then you should call a workers' comp lawyer for a free consulation. You need to do that to make sure your rights are protected.
No, it is not extortion. There are several possibilities. First, you lawyer paid the bill but the provider still shows a balance owed, and the provider is unlawfully trying to collect it from you. Secondly, perhaps the lawyer still has money in his trust account to pay the bill, and it just needs to be paid. Sometimes the providers will not negotiate the bills. I usually try to keep the Industrial Commission involved in a case that I settle so that I can get them to apply the fee schedule...
He probably has two claims to make. First, a workers' comp claim and second, a third party claim against the negligent homeowner. Suggest you talk to a work comp lawyer first as that will get him relief the quickest.
Ms. Ramsay has given you an excellent explaination. Go talk to a local workers' comp specialist lawyer before you file a report with your employer. You already have a number of self-induced obstacles to get over in your claim, and starting out with a good work comp lawyer on your side will be necessary.