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  • Is it too late to get a personal injury lawyer for myself?

    I was a passenger in a car accident in September and our car was totaled. The other driver was found at fault. The car was totaled and all of us were injured in the car. We were all transported to the hospital in a ambulance at the accident. My ...

    Robert’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your injuries. I do not believe it is too late to get an attorney to help you. In fact, I would strongly recommend you hire an attorney before you take any additional steps or sign anything with the insurance company. There are many factors and variables that go into determining what is a fair and reasonable settlement following automobile accident, and if you are unable to reach anything acceptable with the insurance company, you may have no other choice than to file a formal complaint. It is been my experience that insurance companies rarely give a reasonable settlement offer to a person without legal counsel. I wish you all the very best and happy to help if possible.

    Robert F. Goings
    Goings Law Firm, LLC
    803-350-9230

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  • Good news for a change

    I found out today that workers comp will start weekly benefits and mail out 1st check tomorrow. Question is does this mean that they accept liability and does this make a future settlement easier? Brief history is i was injured on the job oct 14. ...

    Robert’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. I think its a great start that your first check will be mailed out, but because the carrier has started payments does mean that the carrier has accepted responsibility or will provide full benefits. The carrier can still deny you recommended medical treatment and certain benefits. I will say that under the circumstances of your claim (especially ones that involve potential spine surgery) , you should hire an attorney to protect your interests. That the best advise that I can give you under the circumstances. I hope you get well soon and that I have answered your questions.

    Robert F. Goings
    Columbia, SC
    803-350-9230

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  • Worried

    I was hurt on job and filed workers comp claim. Seen dr who ordered mri of my neck and results were severe herniation of c5-c6 and they are referring me to a Neuro surgeon for surgery. Its been 3 days and adjuster has not approved referral or my c...

    Robert’s Answer

    If you are having these significant back problems, with a potential surgery, I believe it's a must to hire a lawyer as quickly as possible. It appears that you are concerned about not hiring an attorney too soon, but honestly, I don't believe you can hire one quick enough. The carrier cannot deny you because you hired an attorney, and hopefully, hiring an attorney will ensure that you are getting the benefits that you deserve. I wish you and your family all the best, but hang in there!

    Robert F. Goings
    Columbia, SC
    803-350-9230

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  • Restrictions

    Went to see workers comp dr who diagnosed me with work related cervical radiculapathy and stated i may be a surgical candidate. He released me to return to work with every restriction on the paper checked off which means theres no way my employer ...

    Robert’s Answer

    Yes, you are entitled to workers compensation benefits in the event that your employer cannot accommodate your work restrictions. If your employer cannot accommodate these restrictions, then you would be entitled to temporary disability payments until you are medically able to return to work. I certainly agree with the other lawyers that have answered your questions, and in particular, agree that you should strongly consider hiring a workers' compensation attorney. Cervical spine claims are very complex from a legal standpoint and can be very challenging to handle on your own. The workers compensation carrier will be hiring an attorney, and so should you to protect your legal rights. You may be entitled to significant benefits under workers compensation. I wish you all the best!

    Robert F. Goings
    Columbia, SC
    (803) 350-9230

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  • When i am released from a doctor do i still receive my workman comp check?

    I have been out of work for 13 months. I had surgery about a month ago and was let go from my employer two weeks ago. When I am released from my doctor, will I still receive my workmans comp benefits?

    Robert’s Answer

    I'm very sorry to hear about your injuries. If you have been out of work that length of time and had surgery, you may more than likely be entitled to Worker's Compensation benefits even after you have been discharged. This depends on the nature of your injury, and any type of impairment that results from injury. I would strongly suggest that you hire an experienced workers compensation attorney to handle your claim to avoid losing any benefits that you may be entitled to receive. The Worker's Compensation carrier will hire an attorney, so should you.

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  • A drunk driver rearend my daughters car last August and iy messwed up 3 disks in m y back. How much compensation am I entitled?

    We were going to Alabama and exited on a ramp in Chattanooga and were stopped when we heard a loud boom We didnt know right away until he pulled his car in front of us and he got out and it was very imprtative thaty he had been drinking or using d...

    Robert’s Answer

    You have sustained serious and permanent injuries. You should seek the maximum amount of insurance coverage that the at fault driver has, along with any personal property that could be collected. If you have underinsured motorist coverage, I would recommend obtaining full limits. Hiring a highly rated lawyer is a very important set in getting the most compensation for your injuries.

    Robert Goings
    Goings Law Firm, LLC
    www.goingslawfirm.com
    803-350-9230

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  • What can I expect for workman comp settlement for broken leg and ankle

    feel on Ice on the sidewalk at my office. The ice was thick and had not been cleared and they had not put salt or sand down

    Robert’s Answer

    I'm sorry to learn about your injuries. I believe it is critical that you retain a lawyer because there are many factors that go into determining a favorable settlement in workers compensation for this type of injury. You may also have a claim against any third-party person or entity who had a responsibility to maintain the premises. I would contact a lawyer as soon as possible.

    Robert F. Goings
    Goings Law Firm, LLC
    (803) 350-9230

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  • Workmans comp will not help me anymore but I've still got pain what should Ido

    I got hurt on the job had hernia repair still had much pain . I then had surgeon to do exploratory surgery found nothing but I'm still in severe pain . Now workers comp will not help me any further . The surgeon said it was defiantly related to he...

    Robert’s Answer

    Thank you for your question. Hernia repairs, and any subsequent conditions that may develop such as nerve damage or other complications, should be covered by workers compensation. If workers comp will not pay for additional medical care or treatment, I would hire an attorney who could work to find you a second opinion, additional medical treatment, or both. You may be entitled to additional benefits because of the permanent nature of the condition. I would strongly recommend hiring an experienced SC compensation attorney.

    Below is a link to an article from my website that discusses hiring a workers comp lawyer.

    http://www.goingslawfirm.com/south-carolina-workers-compensation-hiring-a-lawyer/

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  • After having a 2 level fusion in my neck c-4-5 and c6-7 along with a spinal stimulator, what should I expect?

    I was injured in June 2013 and my company was told I needed light duty which never happened, in February the doctor finally took me out or work in February. What should I expect?

    Robert’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your injuries. Neck injuries can be very painful and debilitating. Based on the nature of your injury, I would strongly suggest that you hire an experienced workers compensation attorney in order to fully answer this question. If you are unable to work due to your injuries, and have impairment to your neck, you may be entitled to obtain significant compensation for disability, either partial or total, through workers compensation. You are also entitled to life medical care and treatment for these injuries. This firm handles workers compensation claims involving neck and back injuries, and I would invite you to read the following article about hiring an attorney for workers compensation in South Carolina. AVVO has a great rating system for locating qualified attorneys that offers free case evaluations which we are happy to provide you.

    http://www.goingslawfirm.com/south-carolina-workers-compensation-hiring-a-lawyer/

    Robert F. Goings
    Goings Law Firm, LLC
    (803) 350-9230

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  • How many months can workers comp temporary total payments last? Is there a maximum set time limit?

    Its been 10 months so far and the doctors are not done with me so I would like to know if there is a limit to the workers comp temporary total payments. Thanks

    Robert’s Answer

    Temporary total benefits payments are generally limited to 500 weeks unless your injury qualifies for benefits for life (permanent brain injury, paraplegia, etc.). At some point you may be able to qualify for permanent partial or permanent total benefits depending on the nature of your claim. We wish you all the best in the recovery of your injuries.

    Robert F. Goings
    www.goingslawfirm.com

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