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Zack Hendon

Zack Hendon’s Answers

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  • Workers Comp

    So, my Doctor (non-surgical ortho) that's been treating me told me today that she couldn't give me anymore injections or treatment. She wrote on my form "2ND OPINION TO DR. *****".......( marked referral). Is this good or bad? The Doctor she's ref...

    Zack’s Answer

    You are at a critical stage in your case. You obviously have a serious injury. Typically you go from physical therapy, to epidural steroid injections and if that does not work then surgery. Here is why it is critical ---the surgeon you are sent to will effect the next 6 years of your comp claim and possibly the rest of your life. The surgeon will certainly effect the settlement value of your case. You need to speak to a workers' comp attorney right away to see if you can control the medical --many times you can but you have to have an attorney who knows comp and will fight to get you the doctor you want.

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  • Who is liable? I was in an accident with a tractor trailer transporting cars for a large car manufacturer. I've lost a finger

    and use of my left arm. And am no longer able to work. Can I sue the driver, the trucking company and auto manufacturer?

    Zack’s Answer

    Yes as long as the truck was at fault you can sue the truck driver, the trucking company and the insurer. It is likely that the auto manufacturer just hired the trucking company to deliver the cars but all the facts would need to be looked into to determine if suing the auto manufacturer was possible. As the others have said it is critical that you seek legal counsel immediately.

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  • Does Workmans Comp pay for hotels and food if you're out of town and get hurt on the job?

    I am a truck driver. I have spoken to my Workmans comp rep but would not mention if they would help or are responsible. I have paid 1500.00 out of pocket.

    Zack’s Answer

    Your question needs to have more specific facts. Why are you still out of town staying in a hotel? They will pay expenses related to medical such as mileage. Some trucking companies are famous for offering light duty and putting drivers up in a cheap hotel room that they will pay for. This is to make the driver miserable enough that he will quit. This does not seem to be what you are asking. Please give more information and I will answer.

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  • Back Surgery / Workers Comp

    I might have to have surgery done on my back. I have two herniated disc (mid/low back) with annual tear spinal stenosis & DDD I've had 3 injections already with NO improvement. If have to have surgery, but choose not to, will that DECREASE my sett...

    Zack’s Answer

    Not having surgery will not necessarily decrease the value. There are a number of factors that go into it. Also you could always change your mind and decide to have it later. A good workers' comp attorney could go over these factors with you.

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  • I was getting workman comp then I get a letter saying it was suspened because I can go back to work but I don't fill any better

    this is the state of ga job they fired me after the acident I was not the driver I have gotten workman comp for 18 month and just got a letter

    Zack’s Answer

    Company doctor probably said you can return to work without restriction. You need a lawyer to help you get to a better doctor.

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  • Workers Comp Question...

    I've had a claim going for back injury for five months now, and within those five months, I've had t 3 different claim adjusters, and two different supervisors over my case. Just wondering if that's normal, and WHY do they keep changing the claim...

    Zack’s Answer

    It is normal. Insurance companies are dysfunctional organizations that do not always do things that make sense. They fire adjusters that are too fair and other adjusters quit often because they cannot stand their pig-headed bosses. Don't get me wrong--they are going to try to screw you over in the near future but not by changing adjusters.

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  • If I have reached MMI can I ask for a trial for settlement.

    Had a knee repair in 2012.

    Zack’s Answer

    I agree with the above answers. If you have an attorney, the insurer will usually agree to mediate the case which is like a mini informal hearing where the parties can agree to settle for a specific amount.

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  • Can I ask for copies of my own medical records throughout the course of my open worker's compensation claim?

    I would like to request copies of my own records from the doctor's office. Is this possible?

    Zack’s Answer

    As others have said -- Yes. After getting the complete set, each time you go to the doctor ask for the previous visit note. They will be more likely to give you one page at a time without charging you.

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  • Ime....workers comp

    What are some reasons the workers comp would set up IME'S ??

    Zack’s Answer

    To get a lower PPD rating; to try to persuade the ATP to put you on light duty or full duty so they can reduce or cut off your benefits; to persuade the ATP that disability is no longer work related; to deny medical without getting hit with attorney fees; and like the others said to basically screw you over. If your next question was going to be --do you need an attorney, the answer is yes.

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  • I hurt my back at work. Now I am on workers comp. The doctor said light duty. I cant work because of the pain. Do I have a case?

    I have been going to doctor and therapy appointment. Pain is not going away. Doctor has me on light duty. I trid to work light duty but the pain is unbearable. I not getting paid and my family are suffering with lost of income. Want to find out ...

    Zack’s Answer

    Yes you have a case but just need an attorney to help you pursue it.

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