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Matthew Campbell Jordan

Matthew Jordan’s Answers

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  • Worker's Compensation for Independant Contractors

    In the state of Georgia as an independent contractor, am I required to carry Worker's Compensation insurance of any kind?

    Matthew’s Answer

    As with many legal questions, the answer is "it depends." If it is just you working as an independent contractor for someone else and you have no employees or people working for you or your company, then you are not required to have workers' compensation insurance. To tell you for sure, I need more information.

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  • Workers Comp Injury torn acl and meniscus. Doctor wants to schedule surgery Asap. Do I have any options?

    I'm not sure if having surgery is the best option available to me pertaining to my health or employment status! So do I have any options pertaining to workers compensation?

    Matthew’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear you will need surgery. No one can force you to have the surgery, but refusing could adversely impact your claim. If you are currently receiving income benefits or have withing the last 120 days, you can request a second opinion. You have lots of options and this issue could get complicated, so I would advise you contact an attorney to discuss. Most will give you a free consultation.

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  • Workers Comp. I was injured@work and substained a complete tear of my acl, chondromalacia of both medial and lateral compartment

    I'm expected to have surgery real soon and be off work 4-6 months or longer! I havent received any weekly benefits from workers comp but they have paided my medicals and prescriptions! How much longer do i have to wait to receive weekly benefits? ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    The waiting period for income benefits is 7 days. Absent some legal reason, you should be receiving income benefits. Have they told you why you are not?

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  • Is it best for me to have workers comp pay me weekly or have my job continue to pay my salary. I was injured on 11/16/13

    I was injured conducting a road test with a teen driver. I have been out of work since 11/16/13 and have been using my accrued sick leave, but was wondering which is the best route to go as for payments. I do not have insurance with the company ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    This is a complicated question. What is "best" is really a matter of preference. Many folks will elect to use sick pay, vacation time, or personal leave, which will almost always pay their full salary. By contrast, workers' compensation pays 2/3 of your normal salary. I suggest you consult with an attorney specializing in workers' compensation to discuss this issue.

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  • Should I seek Legal Representation my Worker's Compensation reps wants to settle

    I was injured at work in 2008 neck and shoulder and had several procedures, injections, mri's, scans and also trigger points nothing has work

    Matthew’s Answer

    I suggest you at least consult an attorney to make sure the amount of settlement is fair. I would not take on the case unless I thought I could add value to the settlement.

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  • Got a rating from a fce test ue inpairment 10% whole person 6% got a check from wc call to see what it

    she said she was going to go by the higher number as whole body at 225 wk but whole body is 300 wk called and told her she got upset told me to cash check don't i get both rating on this

    Matthew’s Answer

    I am not exactly sure what you are asking, but you are entitled to get the rating that benefits you the most, i.e. the most money. You are not entitled to multiple ratings unless there are multiple body parts injured.

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  • In Georgia can I ask for a second opinion under Workers Compensation?

    On 8/10 I injured his back at work lifting boxes. Went to clinic and was told could go back to work, was completely released on 8/12. Today while at work, I picked up a box and said that it felt like something exploded in my back, went to the c...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You have the right to a one-time change in physician, but I caution you that it must be used thoughtfully and strategically because you only get one change without intervention by the State Board. You will have to choose the doctor from the employer's Panel of Physicians (if there is one). If there is no Panel of Physicians, you should be able to choose the physician you want.

    You will not be entitled to a second opinion with a doctor of your choice unless and until you receive income benefits from the insurance company.

    This issue is common at the inception of a claim. I encourage you to contact a qualified workers' compensation attorney for advice. Medical issues can get complicated quickly.

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  • Can a Supervisor call you at home and tell you to come into work while your on work so they can write you up?

    I was injured at work and my job has called me constantly to come into work to explain what happened but I'm still hurt and unable to move. But they keep harassing me to give the details, instead of waiting for me to get better.

    Matthew’s Answer

    This issue can be very complicated and is a common issue for my clients. A consultation with a lawyer would be best.

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  • Georgia worker's comp... Forced to return to work but still in pain?

    I injured my back at work & saw WC dr. My job is heavy lifting, twisting & turning. They did an X-ray, said it was a lower lumbar strain. He said that I had arthritis on my spine which I didn't know about & that the injury had aggravated the arthr...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. You have rights. Do not try to go it alone.

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  • Are there any benefits available while a worker's compensation case is still open? What about presettlement funding?

    After giving my deposition was given well over a month ago, I'm suffering more from condition and income also suffering and is not enough to support my debts. Why would the employer delay my request to see a physician to confirm or deny my injury ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It sounds as though you find yourself in a similar situation as many of my clients. Unfortunately, delays are common in nearly every workers' compensation claim. An attorney can help you move things forward. Be careful with pre-settlement funding, as there is a Georgia Workers' Compensation Board Rule prohibiting it.

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