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Susan Jan Sadow

Susan Sadow’s Answers

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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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  • Is he trying to get over & should I seek a lawyer?

    Due to a Workman's comp incident at work, the adjuster informed me that I would receive my hourly rate times 3 months of pay $8280.00. Now he's saying that only my medical bills ($3100.00) are being paid for which is less of the total amount of th...

    Susan’s Answer

    Unfortunately, many adjusters dissuade injured workers from hiring attorneys because they know they can take advantage of an injured worker's unfamiliarity with the workers' compensation system. The adjuster's job is to save money for the employer and insurer, not look out for your interests or advise you of your rights. You owe it to yourself to get proper guidance. Once you make a mistake in your case, it cannot be undone. Why not benefit from the expertise of an attorney whose primary goal is to protect you?

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  • Do I need a lawyer? I've fallen twice at work because of phone and scanner cords. W/C now wants to be at next appt. with MD.

    First fall was over a year ago, landed hard on my left hip. I was ok after rest, rehab and flexirl until last November when I started have tingling and numbness in my legs. I called my facilities W/C rep and she had to reopen my case in order to g...

    Susan’s Answer

    I am very selective about which nurse case managers I allow to attend medical appointments. Some can be very helpful. Others are simply there to push the treating physician to release the injured worker to return to full duty work as quickly as possible. You are entitled to have a private consultation with your doctor without the NCM being present. Follow your instincts. If there are red flags, you are indeed correct and you would benefit from proper guidance.

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  • Serious Back pain...(workers comp injury)

    I hurt my back at work, with serious injuries. I have 2 herniated discs, one on my spinal cord, and three bulging disc on my thecal sac w/spinal stenosis. My workers comp doctor would not take me out of work completely, gave me light duty. It hurt...

    Susan’s Answer

    It is generally not a good idea to go to the emergency room unless there is a true emergency. The workers' compensation carrier will refuse to pay the bill and it will be your responsibility. You need the advice of an attorney who can explore with you the best options for a new treating physician. These options may include a change on the panel, if your panel was valid. Or, if there was no panel posted at the time of your injury, you may be able to select a doctor of your own choice. Finally, if a panel was posted was posted at the time of your injury but it did not meet the statutory requirements, you again may be able to select a doctor of your own choice. Whoever has control of the medical has control of your case! You are ultimately facing a serious surgery that will have lifelong effects on you and your family. You need a lawyer who will look out for your best interests. The insurance adjuster will certainly not do that for you.

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  • Collaboration between my workers comp attorney and personal injury attorney

    I had a work place injury and I am contemplating hiring 2 attorney to separately deal with workers comp and personal injury (against building owner). Do the two need to collaborate with each other? For example, does the personal injury lawyer need...

    Susan’s Answer

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    You raise a very interesting question. My specialty is workers' compensation law and I do not handle personal injury cases. However, in my 33 years of practice, I very frequently and very successfully have associated top personal injury attorneys to handle the P.I. portion of my client's case while I handle the workers' compensation issues. We talk frequently and share medical records. This way my client gets the specialized expertise he or she needs in both areas. It is a win-win situation and we are able to work out any subrogation issues quite effectively.

    Susan J. Sadow
    www.sadowworkerscomplaw.com

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  • What could I expect to receive high end for settlement?

    Thank you for your time! I fell off a 20' ladder onto cement and broke my ankle in numerous places & tore 3 ligaments on a job site. Dr said its severe but will heal & I will be back to work within 6 months. I'm on workers comp & everything has be...

    Susan’s Answer

    As several other lawyers have already indicated, the value of each workers' compensation case is unique. Factors that affect your case value are your age, educational background, how liberal or conservative your doctor is, your weekly compensation rate and your work history. If you are not able to return to your pre-injury job and if you have significant physical restrictions, your case value will be higher than if you can return to work in your previous occupation. Your concerns are important and would best be addressed by an in person meeting with a workers' compensation specialist. Hiring the right lawyer could mean a lot more money for you in the long run!

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  • If I am injured on the job can I sue for personal injury as well as worker's compensation?

    I was injured on the job and I am going into surgery in the next couple of days for it. They have made my life miserable and I think they are going to terminate my employment. They are even harassing my fiancee who works for the same company. My i...

    Susan’s Answer

    In order to have a personal injury case as well as a workers' compensation case a "third party" other than your employer has to be responsible for your injuries. If you were not hurt as the result of the negligence of a "third party", you still may be entitled to receive Long Term Disability benefits if you had this coverage through your job. In addition, if your injuries will prevent you from ever returning to work, you may need to consider applying for Social Security Disability benefits. An experienced Georgia workers' compensation lawyer would be able to help you determine what options you have to get the best possible medical treatment and financial settlement to protect you and your family.

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  • What happens to my retirement pension if I get an attorney and settle my WC case, do I still get my pension, inc, an settlement?

    I got hurt on the job, had surgery on the cervical, problems with most of my cervical and have disc bulging in lower back, still having a lots of pain. But don't want any more surgery. And don't want to lose my job pension and Inc.

    Susan’s Answer

    Your workers' compensation claim is a separate and distinct claim from any vested pension or retirement benefits that you may have with your company. I strongly recommend that you consult with a workers' compensation lawyer who has expertise in making sure that your workers' compensation settlement is maximized and that you still receive the retirement benefits that you have built up through years of service to your employer.

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  • Can workers comp hire someone to follow me around in Georgia?

    Is it possible for workers compensation to hire someone to follow me around or ride by my home? I was referred to surgery by my doctor and until then everything was going really well and the claim adjuster was following all recovery suggestions fr...

    Susan’s Answer

    Yes, it is certainly possible that the insurance carrier has hired a private investigator to perform surveillance on you. This is typically done before a surgery takes place or when the case is getting older or when a settlement is about to be negotiated. The insurer is trying to see if you are working or if you are engaging in any activities outside of the home that exceed the restrictions given to you by your authorized treating physicians. They are hoping to find a reason to deny your surgery.

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

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  • Workers comp question,why is my previous employer calling me asking if im interested in a job oportunity?

    i have been out of work due to a work injury for about 14 weeks.i was laid off in november by the employer.i am waiting for workers comp to approve my surgery "3 level cervical disc fusion" at this time.my previous supervisor called yesterday morn...

    Susan’s Answer

    I am sorry to hear about your injury. A 3 level cervical fusion is a major operation and you will have permanent restrictions and a considerable impairment rating even after you recover from your surgery. This will ultimately make your case quite valuable. If I represented you, I would make every effort to get your surgery approved as quickly as possible. Then your weekly benefits would begin. In the meantime, if your former employer is offering work within your treating phsyician's restrictions, it would be a good idea to call back and try the job until you are placed on a no work status following surgery. Your employer and the WC insurance company definitely do consult with each other, often on a frequent basis. I wish you the best of luck and I am available if you are interested in a personal consultation. Susan J. Sadow, 770-984-8900, www.sadowworkerscomplaw.com

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