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Harold W. Whiteman Jr.

Harold Whiteman’s Answers

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  • What can be done about me still pursuing my workers compensation claim because I am still injured?

    The lawyer that I chose to pursue my workers compensation claim has not been in touch with me for weeks and I can't get ahold of him.

    Harold’s Answer

    First, I suggest going to his or her office and insisting on speaking to someone about your case. At the very least, get an appointment so you can sit down the your attorney and find out what is going on. Unfortunately some time can go by after a hearing is requested where nothing is really happening. This could be the case. If your attorney refuses to meet with you, then find another attorney.

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  • Is there a way to actively sue them for the neglected information which caused the injury to occurr

    My employer failed to provide a handbook of do's and don'ts of the business and position. Lack of this information has caused an on the job injury to happen to myself and was neglected the information. I am wanting to go after them for the neglect...

    Harold’s Answer

    No. You cannot sue for that. Workers compensation is your sole remedy.

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  • Worker's comp

    I'm having an anterior l4 l5 fusion (interbody) surgery in a few weeks. I know this is a off the wall question..but how long, with your given experience, are people usually out of work for recovery from this type of surgery? I asked my Doctor how ...

    Harold’s Answer

    I cannot imagine you recovering from a lumbar fusion procedure in a month. But everyone is different. Everyone heals at a different rate. Age, general health, and overall fitness has a lot to do with it. Many take up to a year to "recover", meaning that they can go back to their usual activities.

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  • I JUST NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO , OR WHO TO CALL TO RIGHT THIS WRONG? ALSO, DO I NEED TO GET THE GA BAR ASSOC. INVOLVED?

    MY WORKER'S COMP CASE WAS SETTLED I GA WITH A MIS DIAGNOSIS/ BAD LEGAL ADVICES. MY LAWYER WOULDN'T EVEN TALK TO ME EXCEPT RIGHT BEFORE SETTLING THE CASE. I ASKED HER TO PRESENT MY OFFER AND HER PARALEGAL SAID NO, THE CO IS NOT ENTERTAINING ANYMO...

    Harold’s Answer

    Absent some evidence of fraud by your attorney, and there doesn't sound like that based on your brief comments here, there is nothing you can do once the settlement has been approved by the workers compensation board. You did not have to sign the documents if you disagreed with the amount you were being offered. Apparently you did so you just have to live with it.

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  • How do I get compensation for my injuries and medical bills, do I file a civil case or would a attorney represent me?

    I was injured at work due to the owner not fixing the cracked concrete per OSHA's ordes.My ankle is fractured, Im now hurt and the owner doesn't offer workmans comp. Or medical insurance. My medical expenses are starting to add up.

    Harold’s Answer

    Provided your employer had at least 3 employees in regular service on the date of your accident, they were required to have workers comp insurance. And if you were an employee you have a claim if the injury occurred during the course of your work and arose from the work. You really need to consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney.

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  • Co-worker negligently injured me. Workers' comp is denying claim. HELP!

    I was at work when a co-worker was expressing frustration. He threw a ladder into the air and it landed on my right knee. I reported it to my employer and we filed a report. The ladder busted my right knee pretty good. Doctor said I need surge...

    Harold’s Answer

    It sounds like you are being taken advantage of unless there are more facts than you have posted. Get to a workers comp lawyer ASAP

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  • Aggravated a preexisting injury on the job, what are my rights?

    Had a pre-existing injury that was resolved with therapy. After driving back and forth out of state, I was back in my doctor's office with pain. I reported it to my employer but my manager told me that I was" just finding excuses." The more I comp...

    Harold’s Answer

    You need to consult a workers compensation attorney ASAP. You only have a year from the date of injury to file a claim and from what you have said you could be n danger of losing out (assuming that neither your employer or its insurance company have provided you with medical care.) Aggravation of a pre-existing condition can be a compensable injury. Don't delay any longer.

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  • Do I need a workers comp lawyer?

    I fell on a wet mat at the plant where I work and broke both bones in my wrist. I had surgery last week to put in a plate and screws. WC is very slow paying and very hard to deal with. I doubt I will ever be able to return to operating that heavy...

    Harold’s Answer

    Unfortunately, you are not alone. Insurance companies are notoriously slow to process benefits, approve treatment, approve testing, etc. The only way to speed them up: hire an experienced workers comp lawyer who can make them do their job

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  • About workers comp doctors?

    I've been in treatment with a particular doctor under workers comp since January. After my visit last week, he gave me a follow up appt for today (which was written on the physcian assesment paper and an appt card). As I arrived for my appt, 2 of ...

    Harold’s Answer

    yes. Your authorized doctor can refer you to just about any other specialist or therapist

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  • Can we put next to settlement papers not true on a statement they have put in

    we have no lawyer never have and want to settle with wc papers have come in for my husband to sign my question is one statement contends my husband says he is currently disabled and entitled to total disability benefits for indefinite time in futu...

    Harold’s Answer

    Well, first it is not wise to settle without an attorney. Your husband is virtually guaranteed to get less than he would otherwise. However, if he wants to do that, those statements are essentially legal fictions. They don't mean anything other than to show the Board that there is a bona fide dispute that is the basis for the settlement. There is no harm in signing the document with those statements.

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