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Matthew Bruce Lewis

Richardson Workers' Compensation Lawyer.

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  1. How do I appeal & how long do I have?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. John Eiler Goodwin
    3. David J. McCormick
    3 lawyer answers

    The general rule is that you have 90 days from the day you receive a copy of the impairment rating to file a dispute. However, there are exceptions to this rule. In my experience, impairment ratings are often wrong - shoulder injuries especially. If it was not done according the guidelines, then it can be disputed at anytime, even after the 90 day rule deadline. This is a prime example of the type of case that needs to be reviewed by an attorney. I would want to review your surgical report...

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  2. Can a doctor stop seeing work comp patients without notice

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. George Ellis Corson IV
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    3 lawyer answers

    The doctor can stop seeing workers' comp patients, and many have in Texas because it is getting hard for them to get paid. Recently, the Supreme Court of Texas ruled that insurance companies can treat injured workers unfairly, including failing to pay the medical bills such that the doctor won't treat the patient anymore, and there is nothing you can do to the insurance company to right that wrong. The good news, though, is that when the doctor refuses to treat, you have the right to change...

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  3. After bein on comp for 5yrs. the doc can only manage my pain. how long can i get comp medical?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. Daniel L. Morris
    3. Matthew Mayne Donaldson
    4. George Ellis Corson IV
    4 lawyer answers

    Mr. Morris is correct. You have the right to all reasonable and necessary medical care for the rest of your life, so long as it is for the work injury. My Texas practice consists of both workers' compensation cases and social security disability claims. I find that most of my clients with social security claims are injured workers that have been cast aside in the workers' comp system. However, these cases have potential to be very good social security claims if they are set up correctly....

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  4. EMPLOYEE NEGLIGENCE

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. Lu Ann Trevino
    3 lawyer answers

    In Texas, an injured worker cannot sue an employer for negligence. However, it sounds like there may be additinoal benefits that you may be owed under the workers compensation policy. The company doctor does not get to decide that you are no longer able to get medical treatment. If you have been treating with the company doctor only, you should get a second opinion on your treatment options. Additionally, if you are still unable to return to work at full duty, you may be owed additional...

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  5. Seeking workers compensation attorney in TX

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. Okorie Okorocha
    2 lawyer answers

    Any injured worker seeking workers' compensation benefits should hire an attorney immediately. The adjuster is relying on the advice of the insurance company's attorneys. If you don't have counsel of your own, expect to get the worst of it.

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  6. How is a claim settled after mmi in Texas

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. George Ellis Corson IV
    2 lawyer answers

    In Texas there are no settlements of a workers' comp case. That is why maximizing MMI and the impairment rating are so important. I suggest that you have a workers' comp attorney review your impairment rating to make sure it was done correctly.

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  7. Confusion with Impairment rating.

    Answered 3 months ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. Draper Tobias Rodriguez
    3. John M Connell
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to talk to a local workers' comp attorney immediately. Usually, when there are two impairment ratings, one is for all injuries and the other is for only the injuries the insurance company says is covered under the claim. This often requires litigation. In the end, the first priority is to establish at least a 15% impairment rating so you can be eligible to file for supplemental income benefits. After that, get it as high as it is supposed to be under the law without risking going...

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  8. I had an mmi 2% permenant impairment the dr didnt make me do functional test.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. George Pablo Escobedo
    3. John M Connell
    3 lawyer answers

    The best thing to do is to talk to a lawyer about your impairment rating. The lawyer will need to review the report in order to give you any good advice. These impairment ratings are often wrong, or the maximum medical improvement date can be proved wrong. It's important to have it reviewed.

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  9. Workmans comp stopped sending my chk (liberty mutual) saying i went back to work wen I never did I was still in physical therapy

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. George Pablo Escobedo
    3. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    3 lawyer answers

    They should be paying you benefits. The solution is to go to a Benefit Review Conference to mediate the dispute. You will need a lawyer for this.

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  10. Can I file a workman's comp claim for carpal tunnel if I no longer work for the employer?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Matthew Bruce Lewis
    2. Boyd Odell Roberts III
    3. Alan Stuart Katkin
    3 lawyer answers

    Even if you no longer work for the same company you are eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. There are several issues with the facts as you have stated them. In Texas, you must report a carpal tunnel injury to your employer within 30 days of the day you knew or should have known that you had a work-related injury. You must also file a claim with the Division of Workers' Compensation within one year from that date. There are some exceptions, but that is the general rule. If...

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