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  • Does worker's compensation have the right to use a peer-to-peer review doctor to make a determination of my qualifying injury?

    I was injured on January 15, 2015. I have only been able to see a Physician's assistant. They only approved 10 days of Physical Therapy which I have exhausted. I am in constant pain. My shoulder pops and I have a decreased range of motion that acc...

    Matthew’s Answer

    In order to establish your injury, you will need to get a benefit review conference scheduled. Hopefully you will do this after getting a doctor to help you explain what your injuries are and how they were caused by the work accident. I've attached some links below to help you figure out how to prove the cause of your injury and how to request a BRC.

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  • I got hurt on the job and need surgery should I be compensated from my time off,and pain

    I torn two tended in my left ankle

    Matthew’s Answer

    Yes, you should be compensated. How that happens depends on your employer's insurance coverage and how your injury occurred. I've provided a link below about Temporary Income Benefits and how they are calculated for your review.

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  • Last year I hurt my wrist at work in Macys and they sent me to their doctor who told me my wrist was only strained. Yeah, right.

    It's been a year, and it still hurts and my own doctors assessed that it was actually a popped tendon. I'm left handed and have been waiting for the hand to heal before attempting to use it in cosmetology school. I found out that Macys doesn't hav...

    Matthew’s Answer

    The answer depends on how you got hurt and if anybody is at fault. If Macy's was negligent in some way, then you could file suit against Macy's for your injury, pain and suffering, etc. If nobody was at fault, then the plan will accomplish what it was designed to do - nothing. In Texas, we don't seem to care too much about people. Our leaders care more about corporate profits than the people who generate them. This won't change until we vote in different-thinking leaders at the Governor, State House and State Senator levels.

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  • Can I claim new extended injuries after found with MMI with Permanent Life Medical care?

    I had a back injury on 2013, then had back surgery on 2014, at that time my attorney dropped the case, but he fought for extended injuries that were accepted by IC. On January 2015 I was found MMI with Life Medical Benefits. So I agreed. ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If the MRI findings are related to your work accident, then they can still be added to your claim. We call that an extent of injury issue. It's unclear how you "agreed" with your MMI and impairment rating. I'd talk to a local workers' comp attorney about the details to see if you can get out of it.

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  • Senior Citizen gets injured at work, county jail, in Texas. What to do?

    My mom was injured Texas at work. She works for the county jail. She hurt her back and says the heavy doors to the jail cell is too much for her to handle. She is 60yrs old. They are saying it is a degeneration back problem or something like that...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Your mom needs a good doctor, and she needs to file a workers' compensation claim with the Division of Workers' Compensation. An attorney can help her with this. I've provided a ink below to an article about how to get started with a claim and what to do first.

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  • Hi i got hurt on the job i 2012 and worksman's comp. denied the claim and then i went to texas dept. of ins. and they want help

    division of worksman comp. seems as they are working with worksman's comp attorney seems as if they are both working together

    Matthew’s Answer

    I hear this exact complaint all the time. So many people come into the office and tell different versions of this same story. Using the "help" available at the Division of Workers' Compensation is dangerous and can cost you your claim. I've provided a link below to an article that explains the difference between using the Division's help or an ombudsman and using an attorney. I've also provided a link to a page that will help you determine whether or not you need to hire an attorney. If you do, check out the ratings on Avvo and the reviews and pick a good one.

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  • I injured my back at work. I was working for a tree trimming company.

    I hurt my back at work in November while loading a stump onto a trailer. I called in to my foreman everyday to tell them I couldn't make it in. My employer refused to answer or return my phone calls or divulge their insurance info. What are my ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You can file a claim yourself. Once a claim is filed, the Division of Workers' Compensation will contact the insurance company for your employer and notify them of the claim. That will get things started. Of course, this assumes the employer has workers' comp insurance. I've attached a link below with additional info about getting a claim going by filing the notice of injury with the DWC.

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  • I had a otji..in 2012

    I injured my right knee...and my back I received surgery on the knee but nothing for my back..

    Matthew’s Answer

    You are still entitled to health care for your work injury. We just need to get you to a good doctor and get things going. If the back is disputed, there's ways around that too.

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  • Injuries at work

    I still have injury symptoms from my injury at work and i was laid off right after they found out i was clear from the doctor. Plus i refused to see a company doctor and went to see my own and it was a black cloud over my head since that happend ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You are still entitled to health care for the work injury. If your doctor is not offering any other care, consult a local attorney for a recommendation of a new doctor to get another opinion about what other treatments might be available to you.

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  • I suffered a brainstem injury on 11-5-14 while working,a case fell on my head.W comp Case

    Called personal Physician and was directed to er for cat scan, employer mandated treatment at concentra.Concentra released to work same day w advil.ER that weekend for CT scan and MRI. Hospitalized Thankgining 4 days. @ more MRI w contrast.Seen b...

    Matthew’s Answer

    No injured worker can treat at Concentra and expect anything good to happen. I've provided a link below for more reading about that. If you need help getting to a doctor and continuing your recommended therapy, I can help.

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