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  • Do I need an attorney?

    I was hurt on the job while working with Amazon Fullfillment Center in Schertz Texas. I suffer every day with back pains. I have bulges in my lower back.

    Matthew’s Answer

    You need to talk to an attorney about the details of the situation. It shouldn't cost anything for an initial consult. For a brief primer on what to do first, I've attached a link to more information.

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  • Why is it that you can ask the Gov. for help like in take unit with the Texas Ins. Board. which is a problem report,but no

    answer from them. It has been almost a yr. and still no answer. This is about insurance on the job & since I was an o/o truck driver the policy was Occ / Acc insurance with a Workers' Comp. Override.Now I was in this truck insurance from April of ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    The best way to figure this out is to talk to a local attorney. Mr. Morris mentioned the issue of "causation" in the workers' comp context, This is the technical term for proving that the work itself caused your stroke. That's very difficult to prove and requires expert medical evidence, or what we generally refer to as a doctor's opinion. An overview of causation is linked below for your reference.

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  • I twisted my ankle at work? What do I do?

    I just made an incident report with th security desk the building i work in has.. It happen in the parking lot..I was walking and there was a huge hole in the floor I didn't see. My foot is getting swollen and have pain shooting up and down my leg.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Report the injury to your employer, go to the doctor and file a claim with the Division of Workers' Compensation. A detailed article explaining this and more are linked below.

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  • Hello all, I am in search of a Tier 1 workers compensation lawyer in the state of Texas. How do I find a Tier 1 law firm?

    I was injured on the job and am seeking representation for my possible return to work in case the company gives me a problems on my return

    Matthew’s Answer

    The Avvo rating will help you find a highly rated attorney. You may also consider the superlawyers rankings and the AV rating.

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  • Does a side job filed as a 1099 qualify as wages lost under Texas workers comp?

    I am a police officer recently injured on duty and unable to work. I am also unable to work my side job which is police related. Does police extra employment qualify for total income benefits? If it does qualify, does it matter that it is filed as...

    Matthew’s Answer

    If you file form DWC-3ME, then all of your wages from all employers during the 13 weeks prior to your injury will be included in your average weekly wage. The link to the form is below.

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  • WC ins. gave me 5% IR then they sent me to tx chirop. To eval. But he said doesn matter if he gave me more it wouldn't change %

    Also the tester was recording but erased recorded info saying that it didnt record. Looked fishi

    Matthew’s Answer

    Impairment Ratings are very complex. Understanding how they are assigned and how to win a dispute requires a lot of training and experience. You need to review the impairment rating with an attorney who knows a lot about impairment ratings. I usually suggest focusing on the question of maximum medical improvement more than impairment. I've provided a link below that gets into the details and might give you some ideas and questions to use as you consult with an attorney and figure out what to do.

    Also, you must remember that you only have 90 days to dispute your first impairment rating or you may lose the right to contest it. Act fast and ask questions if you are unsure of what to do.

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  • If you return to work with an hourly restriction does wc have to pay you for remaining hours.

    I normally work 50 scheduled week but restricted to 20 because doc said I am limited to 4 hours a day plus no lifting pulling etc. I only get paid for the 20 should I be getting the remaining 30 since the doc put me on restriction.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Any time an injured worker earns less than his regular wages, or average weekly wage, because of the injury, that worker is owed temporary income benefits. The only time this is not true is if the worker has attained maximum medical improvement. In the workers compensation system, we refer to this as "disability." Even though you are able to work, the fact that you can't make the wages you made prior to your injury is disability. An overview of disability is linked for you below.

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  • Should I file for workers compensation benefits or will it effect my employment with the company?

    Fell during a trip for training in front of the training facility. Injured thumb/left hand, experiencing off and on pain. I have been told I should file a workers compensation claim just in case the pain or injury progresses. I have heard that c...

    Matthew’s Answer

    There are risks with choosing to not report the injury. In Texas, you have 30 days to report the injury to your employer or your claim could be denied. Of course, you have to weigh the risks and benefits. I've attached a link below to a video with more detail on reporting your injuries.

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  • Is this considered short term disability or workman's compensation?

    I work in the medical field. For the past couple of months having sciatica controlled with motrin. Performed my normal activities and job functions. I helped another nurse pull up a patient while at work and about 10/15 minutes later severe back ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    It could be workers' compensation if there is any damage or harm to your body resulting from your work activity. If that work activity made the underlying condition worse, and you can prove that, then it could be workers' comp. If it is really all pre-existing then you would use your health insurance and disability insurance. The cause of the problem is what establishes the answer to your question. You may need to consult both a doctor and a lawyer to determine which way to go.

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  • If I work part time in texas can I still recieve work comp benefits

    I have carpel tunnel surgery comming up and its from excessive use at the job. I only work part time so im wondering if I can still recieve work comp benefits. Im not sure if my work uses private or work comp but I could use the help. Thanks in a...

    Matthew’s Answer

    You must first file a claim and establish a compensable (covered) injury. I've provided some links below to help you get started.

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