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Susan Jan Sadow

Susan Sadow’s Answers

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  • What do I need to do about this situation? Remember no one wrote the incident up?

    I work right here in Atlanta GA and I recently got hurt on the job. The first time the incident happen about a week ago lifting a heavy object. in The mist of lifting the object I felt a sharp pain in my lower back. So the next morning I called in...

    Susan’s Answer

    I suggest that you prepare a short written summary of your accident and provide one copy to your supervisor and another copy to HR. Then I would request that the employer file a claim for you with their workers' compensation carrier. Ask the HR rep for a copy of the panel of physicians so that you can start receiving proper medical treatment. Contacting an experienced workers' comp lawyer now would be advisable. We can help select the best doctor and guide you through the complicated process seamlessly.
    Susan J. Sadow
    www.sadowworkerscomplaw.com
    770-984-8900

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  • Will I still be able to get my injury seen about even though I'm not at the job where I got injured?

    I left the job where I was injured because I could never get in touch with the lawyer that took my case. But I'm still injured.

    Susan’s Answer

    You may very well still have an open claim. Leaving your job does not necessarily mean that you would not be entitled to receive income benefits or medical treatment. I recommend that you get back in touch with your attorney to find out the best way to proceed.

    Susan J. Sadow

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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 ...

    Susan’s Answer

    A lumbar fusion is a serious surgery at any age. Each person's recovery is quite different. It typically will take several months before you really note any significant improvement. The odds of you returning to work for your employer will depend on how well you recover and how physical your pre-injury job was. Some employers will accommodate restrictions and others will not. I would definitely advise hiring a lawyer with expertise in this area right now because you need someone to guide you from this point forward. Any mistakes in how your case is handled could impact your recovery and cost you financially in the end. Your employer has legal counsel and so should you! Best of luck with your recovery!

    Susan J. Sadow
    www.sadowworkerscomplaw.com
    770-984-8900

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  • Workers Comp

    I'm having back posterior fusion in lumbar in February. My Supervisor and HR told me today to make sure all my paperwork for "Short-Term & Long Term disability was filled out before surgery. I thought that I get Workers Comp benefits while out of ...

    Susan’s Answer

    You are looking at major surgery that will have an impact on your life for years to come. It would be a very good idea for you to meet with an experienced workers' compensation attorney who can "have your back". advise you regarding all of your rights and negotiate the highest possible settlement if you are not able to return to work for your employer. Most injured workers are not eligible for STD benefits. However, in my experience, if you are out of work for more than 6 months you would likely be entitled to receive LTD benefits in conjunction with your workers' compensation benefits. The amount of the monthly LTD benefits would be offset by the amount that workers' compensation is paying you. If you have a compensable injury and workers' comp is paying for your surgery, she should begin receiving a weekly worker's compensation check when you go out of work in February. You should not be paid under the STD plan. I wish you the best of luck and am here if you need help.

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  • My husband broke his back at work and while he was out on workmanship comp he was demoted and pay was cut. is that legal?

    He was demoted because of health issues yet the doctor has not released him or mentioned any type of impairment. Can I get loss of consortium

    Susan’s Answer

    You need a lawyer who can advocate for your husband and get him the benefits he is entitled to if his pay was reduced as a result of his work restrictions. Your husband will also be entitled to permanent partial disability benefits when his doctor determines that he has reached Maximum Medical Improvement. Time is of the essence for securing the benefits that your husband deserves.

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  • Workers compensation

    Can i opt out of my settlement and proceed with my surgery?

    Susan’s Answer

    A workers' compensation is not final until the Stipulation and Agreement has been approved by the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Surgery is a serious decision and the insurer may send you for an Independent Medical Evaluation before providing approval. I highly recommend that you consult with counsel to determine what option is right for you.

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  • Workers comp. 2 herniated disc w/annual tear. 1 bulging disc...but NO surgery..I'm ready to settle and move on

    So I've had injections, IME doctor workers comp sent me to said nothing was wrong, gave me 0% disability rating. I asked to see another Doctor for another opinion, he says surgery would not benefit me and that it's "healing. He says I'm stuck with...

    Susan’s Answer

    You are in a tough situation and I give you credit for wanting to move on with your life. There is a lot to be said for getting out of the WC system. I highly recommend that you meet with an experienced workers' comp lawyer who will be able to properly evaluate your case and negotiate the highest possible settlement for you. If you negotiate directly with the insurer, they will have the upper hand. Your decision will have a long term decision on you and your family so it needs to be a well reasoned one.

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  • Workers Compensation Concern... mid-low back injury disc herniations

    So, here's my question. I had an IME( requested by adjuster), and of course, the report came back in their favor. I asked for a second opinion, this doctor said that "at this time", he didn't think surgery was beneficial...I then had my own IME, a...

    Susan’s Answer

    No one can compel you to have surgery. That decision is yours and yours alone. It really depends upon how much pain you are having and how much the pain is limiting your day to day activities. If you go to court, a Judge can order the insurer to pay for the surgery but cannot order you to undergo surgery. You are in good shape if your authorized doctor and your IME doctor both recommend surgery because the ATP carries the most wright. however, the reputation of all the doctors who have examined you can influence the Judge's decision. You need an experienced workers' comp lawyer fighting for you. I don't recommend doing this on your own.

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  • Need to know what tactic my Attorney is using for my workers comp case...

    I got injured in January, of have 2 herniated disc w/tear, ddg. I've had a series of failed injections. I had an IME, which basically said i was fine,etc. Saw another surgeon that said surgery "at this time" wouldn't be beneficial. And that basica...

    Susan’s Answer

    Surgery is a very personal decision and there is no right or wrong answer, the problem is that the surgical results cannot be guaranteed. Some people are better after surgery and others find that their pain has worsened considerably. It ultimately depends upon whether you feel like you can manage with your current pain level and find a job when your case is over. If you cannot, you may have to give surgery your serious consideration. You need to sit down and discuss the pros and cons with your attorney to make the best decision possible for you and your family. Many doctors will not operate if there is no nerve compression. Good luck!

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  • I have a workers comp hearing set up for August. Now the workers comp defense lawyer wants a deposition early July.

    Why would they order a deposition.

    Susan’s Answer

    The deposition enables the defense attorney to evaluate you as a witness, assess your credibility and commit you to a story. You will be asked detailed questions about your education, your previous work history and your medical history. The details of your accident will also be discussed. Proper preparation is essential before your deposition or the defense lawyer will be able to use your deposition answers against you at trial.

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