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Thomas L. Holder

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  • Do I have a Worker Comp claim?

    I was working at a convenience store and hurt my arm on the job in Dec. '14. There is a two step ladder in the refrigerated area, but even standing on that, the crates were over my head. Pulling on the crate, I believe I pulled a muscle in my arm...

    Thomas’s Answer

    As the other attorneys have mentioned, you should immediately notify your company. The big problem is that you have not notified your company within thirty days of the incident. I hope you can overcome that. Good luck.

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  • I need better representation for my workers comp case...

    I need a new workers comp attorney. I've had one since 03/18/15, but he has not worked my case, and refuses to come forward to my employer/insurer. He keeps saying he wants to wait until I'm scheduled for surgery to let them know I'm being "repres...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I am sure that any of the attorneys on Avvo would be interested in talking to you about your case.

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  • I need another workers comp attorney...

    I have serious back injuries, I've had an attorney for a month now. He HAS NOT come forward to the insurer/ employer that I'm represented. He says he likes to "stay in the background" until i get a surgery date. However, i don't know what in doi...

    Thomas’s Answer

    I do not understand that strategy. We usually let the other side know that we are on the case as soon as we are hired. You are begin sent to a doctor for an IME because the insurance company is hoping that the IME doctor will say that you do not need the injections so that they can deny that treatment.

    It is very easy to change attorneys. You just need to hire a new one and send something to your current lawyer saying he is fired. The 25% fee will be divided between the two attorneys so it will not cost you anything to change attorneys.

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  • Can I sue workers comp for not paying a medical bill and for that bill to be on my credit report for over a year now.

    okay background details, 2 yrs ago I crushed my hand at work, long story short workers comp and I settled on them paying all medical bills and after lawyer fees I got 14000. Now a year later im now in a financial situation to buy a new/newer vehic...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You cannot sue them. You should contact your WC attorney and get him to help you get the bill paid.

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  • IME???

    I'm on a workers comp.. I've been scheduled for an IME appointment..could someone please explain to me what this is and what I'm scheduled for it.

    Thomas’s Answer

    You are being sent for an Independent Medical Exam because the insurance company wants to get another medical evaluation. Usually it is done to get a medical opinion that is more favorable to the insurance company.

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  • I found a attorney to represent me on a workers comp case. He took my case and I never heard from him again.

    Workman's comp says the case was taken off the doc by the attorney. The attorney won't call me back is never in his office or just won't answer the door.its a statue of limitations on my case.

    Thomas’s Answer

    I would schedule an appointment to see your attorney. You can always switch attorneys. The attorneys will divide the 25% fee. I would try to meet with your current attorney first. You are right to be concerned about the Statute of Limitations.

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  • I need to see another Doctor (workers comp).....

    I just want to know if I can get a second opinion on my own(see my own doctor). I feel like my back injury has worsened. However, I'd also like to know if I can somehow use it just in case the workers comp doctor tries to tell me something differe...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You can see your own doctor but you would have to pay for it. I would suggest you try to get a second opinion from a doctor on the panel of physicians that should be posted at your employer.

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  • 7 days total or 7 days consecutive?

    I know you have to be out of work for 7 days to file a claim for workers comp benefits, but is it 7 days total or do you have to be out 7 consecutive days? My doctor will be giving me 7 days off, but they're not consecutive

    Thomas’s Answer

    You can file a claim now. You could be eligible for some pay differential if you are out on random days. You need to be out for seven consecutive days to be eligible for benefits for full wage loss.

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  • Ready to move on...

    I'm currently on light duty at work for workers comp. I'm basically just ready to sue and move on. Can i file a claim and/or sue while I'm on light duty? Or do i HAVE to be out withdrawing benefits?

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    i would encourage you to file a workers' compensation claim immediately. You can settle a case while on light duty However, your working light duty will reduce the value of your case. I would encourage you to speak with a lawyer before making any moves.

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  • I had a court date for my workman's comp case and my attorney never even e mailed me or called to let me know,

    I called and ask her secretary why I wasn't notified and I was told they don't have to tell me when there are court dates, is this true

    Thomas’s Answer

    While there is no legal obligation for the attorney to have notified you, I would consider it to be unprofessional to not notify you about the court dates. I am also surprised at the secretary's response to you. I would try to speak directly to the lawyer.

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