You can call the State Board of Workers' Compensation at 404/656-2929. That is the Settlement Section. They could tell you if the settlement has been approved. Once it has been approved, the insurance company has 20 days to pay the Award. Good luck.
You definitely can receive workers' compensation benefits. You were covered at the time of the accident. The fact that you were fired afterwards is of no concern. You were on the job at the time of the injury. I would recommend that you contact a lawyer as I would expect your company to fight you on the workers' compensation claim. Good luck.
If you were caught working, it would not be over. However, if you are receiving weekly checks, you are receiving them to replace your lost wages. If you are, in fact, working, you would be committing insurance fraud and you should tell your attorney,if you have one.
You can call me at 404-523-6100 or check my website at www.longandholder.com. I have been handling workers' compensation in Georgia since 1984 and am a past Chair of the Workers' Compensation Sections of both the Atlanta Bar Association and State Bar of Georgia.
There are cases that allow for coverage in these situations. It primarily depends on what you were doing after hours. If you were injured while doing something that was job related you should be covered. Some more information is needed as merely knowing that you were on the premises after hours is not sufficient to answer your question. I would recommend that you consult a WC attorney to answer your question more specifically.
Of course a doctor should not lie for either party in a workers' compensatoin case. However, there is no set amount for disability ratings. Although all doctors are supposed to use the AMA Guides, 6th edition, to determine disability ratings, ther can be differences in the interpretation of the guidelines.
Certain doctors are considered to be insurance oriented while some are considered to be injured worker oriented. The amount of the ratings is one of the factors that lawyers use to help...
You can definitely file a workers' compensatoin case aginst your prior employer. Just remember that you will need to file a claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensaton within one year of the date of injury.
While you should have gone to a company doctor to guarantee coverage, there are situations where an initial visit to an emergency room should be covered. For instance, if you were working a night shift and no supervisor was available to direct you to the company doctor, a visit to the ER shoudl be paid. Additionally, any emergency visit to an ER shoudl be covered.
Although I am licensed in Georgia and our procedures are different than in California, I always encourage people who call me complaining about their attorney to try to talk to the current attorney first. Often the situation is resolved if there is better communication.
If you still want to change attorneys, you can. In Georgia, the attorneys on your case would have to split the fee so it will not cost you any more money to change attorneys.
In most states, you can change attorneys if you wish. You need to send something in writing to your current attotrney firing him. In Georgia where I practice the two lawyers would then have to split the fee, so it does not cost the injured worker any money to change lawyers.