I might have to have surgery done on my back. I have two herniated disc (mid/low back) with annual tear spinal stenosis & DDD I've had 3 injections already with NO improvement. If have to have surgery, but choose not to, will that DECREASE my sett...
Not necessarily. You have to make the best decision you can to protect yourself from medical standpoint, first and foremost. If you hire a workers comp lawyer to evaluate your case and maximize your settlement, then you can come out of this with the best possible outcome: financial stability and restored health.See question
I've had a claim going for back injury for five months now, and within those five months, I've had t 3 different claim adjusters, and two different supervisors over my case. Just wondering if that's normal, and WHY do they keep changing the claim...
It's normal. When all these changes result in delay of your benefits/approval of medical treatment, it may be time to call an attorney.See question
If all the doctors work for the insurance company, how am I going to get anywhere when they are basically paid to write biased reports.
The purpose is for the insurance company to get a second opinion on your condition/injury. The effect on the injured worker is often delay and a reduction in benefits provided by the insurance company. If you are being sent to an IME, you can expect a challenge to either the medical or income benefits that you are receiving currently. You should prepare for this and develop a strategy that ensures you not only the benefits you are entitled to as well as an outcome in the case that is as favorable as possible. To accomplish this, you should consult with a local workers' comp attorney. No charge for consultation and case analysis.See question
What exactly does it mean to go into "mediation" and when doea that come up?
Mediation is a meeting between the injured worker and the employer/insurer to discuss settlement of the claim. There is typically a lawyer present who does not represent either side, called the mediator. The mediator talks with both sides and tries to help them come to an agreement to settle the claim.See question
I hurt my upper back last year(Oct) at work, but claim was denied the same day because i wasn't doing physical work activity, but the pain went away. I hurt it again begining of this yr, supevisor filed claim, talked to nurse on phone, iced it for...
Your prior injuries and treatment may result in the insurance company denying your claim for benefits, but it does not mean that you won't have options under the law. If you end up being denied or your benefits are delayed, you will want to consult a workers comp attorney in your area to advise you on the what to do next.See question
Hurt my foot on the job, been seeing their Doctor, but after almost a year he discharge me and my foot still hurting. What do I do from here?
You have many options for ongoing medical treatment under GA law...contact a local workers comp attorney to discuss those options and plan out a strategy for best handling your case going forward.See question
I have never spoken to a nurse on my case but I noticed there is one assigned. I am wondering if they are helping the adjuster to make decisions as to the value of my claim even if the physician has stated my injury is work related. I'm just not u...
You can assume that the nurse is working for the benefit of the insurer, not you. That said, if the nurse does not attend the doctor appointments with you, then it may not necessarily be a disadvantage for you. Many of my clients' cases have nurses assigned, helping to approve appointments and authorize Rx, etc. It is your choice to continue having the nurse involved in your case. You may find the medical part of the claim moves faster with a nurse involved - I would trust my gut on this. If the nurse appears in any way involved in medical decision making, then it's probably best to ask the insurer to discontinue nurse services.See question
What happens if Sedgwick does not approve my surgery from their doctor? Does my weekly benefits stop? Can I use my own insurance to have surgery?
The law provides you with several options. A good strategy will secure you the most benefit in the shortest amount of time. You will want someone who knows the ins and outs of the system to advise you and work with you to create such a strategy. Good luck to youSee question
I was injured at work and was treated and returned to work less than 1 month ago. Workers comp is still paying for my physical therapy. If I am suddenly laid off or fired, is workers comp still obliged to pay for the physical therapy and possib...
Workers Comp will have to pay for your medical treatment for this injury for up to 400 weeks after the date of the injury itself, assuming the authorized medical provider states you need treatment for that specific injury and the injury isn't deemed unrelated to work in the meantime. You could also be entitled to lost wage benefits in that time frame if your injury keeps you out of work, but you will want to consult a lawyer if for some reason you improve and then get worse later, regardless of whether you are ultimately fired from your current job.See question