That is incorrect. A claim must be filed within one year from the date of the injury, so you are definitely within the time period. You may even have more time to file a claim because you have received authorized medical care. I would encourage you to immediately obtain legal counsel. We are 404-523-6100 if you want to discuss this matter further.
I would highly recommend that you contact an attorney who represents employers and insurers in workers' compensation cases. Even though you would have to pay an hourly rate for the attorney, you are now in the workers' compensation system. You will need someone to help guide you through the process and minimize your losses.
You need to be out of work for seven days. You can then recover two-thirds of your average weekly wage up to $525/wk. If you return on a part time basis, you can get two-thirds of the difference up to $350/wk. You will also be eligible for benefits for your disability rating, which you will receive once your doctor says that you are as good as you are going to get. Our website, www.longandholder.com, has a lot of basic information that should be of help to you. Good luck.
Yes you can. Your company was on notice that you were injured while on their job. I would suggest that you contact the doctor who you saw previously about scheduling am appointment. That doctor will probably want to get your visit authorized by the insurance company before he sees you, so you will have to contact the insurance company. If you are told the visit will not be authorized you will need an attorney to help you. Good luck.
They are open to the public. However, I would highly encourage you to hire an attorney if you are going to a hearing. There are many rules and procedures that lawyers spend years learning. You would be playing a game that has rules that you do not know.
Did you have an attorney? I am not quite sure what happened. There should not be a problem for a settlement under $25,000 unless you were already on Medicare. I am also not sure what you mean about Medicare not being happy. Unfortunately, you will need to discuss this with a lawyer to see what is going on. If you did not have a lawyer, you might be able to get some explanation from the lawyer for the insurance company because they may have some responsibility too.
You need to find out from your attorney why your checks stopped. They should not have just stopped without a better explanation. In over payment situations, the weekly checks can be reduced by a small amount to pay off the over payment. I would also discuss the value of your case with your attorney. Good luck.
Unfortunately, there are very few attorneys who will take a case on appeal because it is extremely difficult to get a decision reversed. As far as continuing medical, it would depend on the wording of the decision. Your prior attorney should help your brother understand the ramifications of the decision. I wish you good luck.