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  • I got injured at work, I don't know if what their doing is legal?

    I am a correction officer and I fell down some stairs due to the prisons unsafe work stations in the workplace. They put my on work mans comp, however I only get 70% of my check and my insurance for my wife is no longer good, for they said that th...

    John’s Answer

    If they carry workers compensation insurance then the negligence of the employer, or the employee, is not a factor in the claim. It is common for the employer to require that the insurance payment that was taken out of the check be covered by the employee if you are not at work and getting workers compensation benefits, however in my state they have to increase the amount that you get to cover a portion of this. See an attorney in your state to discuss your claim.

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  • 51 years old. how hard to get wa state L&I pension. started claim 4-12-2014, another injury 7-3-2014. limited duty until 12-6

    injured back, took 1 week off with treatment until another injury 7-3-2014. worked until 9-13 limited duty then off until 11-9-2014, then try to go back to work but sent home 12-6-2014. been off since. back doc says reaching max improvement, L&I w...

    John’s Answer

    To get an answer to your question you will probably need to meet with an attorney and let them review all of your medical information. They will also have questions for you that will allow them to determine if they believe that you will be able to return to work (or not) within the meaning of your states statute. You can use the find a lawyer section here to locate someone to talk to about your situation.

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  • What is the difference between primary and secondary coverage in a worker's compensation claim?

    I was awarded an interlocutory order and now that we are returning to court the lawyer filed for primary compensation and said this does not include medical bills? I have lifetime physical and psychological injuries and permanent no work disabili...

    John’s Answer

    IF you have questions that you feel are not being answered try asking them by email or better, set an appointment and do a face to face meeting with your attorney.

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  • WHAT TYPE OF LAWYER DO I NEED FOR CORVEL?

    I was working for O'Reilly wearhouse in got hurt.I was seeking doctors attention until Corvel denied my case.I appealed my case server times in still denied. I have been calling different lawyers in my area for workers compensation in end up back ...

    John’s Answer

    You can use the "find a lawyer" feature here to locate attorneys that practice primarily in the area of workers compensation in the Dallas area.

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  • I have worked for the sheriffs office as a sworn officer for 15 years, I got attacked by inmate. I need attny

    Inmate defeated his locking mechanism. I was strangled and loSt conciousness. The administration staff has been aware of the security of the locks for years. The inmate is a serial rapist and murderer. He should have never been classified to ...

    John’s Answer

    You dont really indicate what type of attorney you are looking for, or why, so please discuss this with your workers compensation attorney.

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  • Does my attorney have to appeal my workers' comp case?

    I lost my workers' comp hearing and yelled at my lawyer because I was upset. Now he won't appeal my case to all three commissioners because of our argument. Doesn't he have to?

    John’s Answer

    You would have to look to your fee agreement to see what it says in there. If you want the case appealed you should ask him to file what is necessary( in your state) to avoid missing any deadlines to appeal the case. That will allow you to get a new attorney if possible. You should know however, that most attorneys do not want to appeal a case in which they were not the ones doing the hearing so you may have some trouble finding one. Maybe an apology is needed and appropriate here.

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  • I live in Ohio and my job travels me to different states. I got injured on the job in Palmyra, NY.

    I carry about 140lbs of equipment on a cart. The company I was at had me go up stairs to the machines and while coming down those steps the cart took me down 8 steps and I experienced 3 herniated discs. I have been treated and 6 month later when I...

    John’s Answer

    You may have a choice of where to file this, Ohio or NY. There may be good reasons to pick one over the other so take a little time to talk to an attorney in both states using the find a lawyer feature here to determine what is best for you.

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  • I have been in my union since 1987 and have never actually needed them for anything until this past December, I was injured

    We ave to see a city Doctor when we are injured and I did that and also was treated by my own Doctor who has said I can come back to full duty. The only one that can talk to the City's Doctor or Clinic is the Union President and I contacted him an...

    John’s Answer

    I agree with the other responses here that this is a union issue and that you should discuss it with your attorney. You do not have to use the attorney that they recommended. You can use whomever you choose.

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  • Attorney wants to settle w/c case I have no restrictions I jst want to b able to work at the same job place . attorney says no

    I was in company vehicle and someone render me month later I was let go for lack of work. I was on workmens comp for 2 yr got money from insurance company and my job got money from that plus my attorney. I jst want to b able to work in the same ...

    John’s Answer

    It's your case, not your attorney's. You have to let them know what your preference is here, in writing if necessary. The attorney needs to do what is necessary to resolve the case within your instructions

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  • Was this right?

    My workers' comp lawyer did not front the cost and pay for a questionnaire from my treating physician because he was worried it would not be supportive. I didn't have the money for it. Should I file a grievance?

    John’s Answer

    It is generally the clients obligation to pay for costs. You would have to look at your fee agreement however if the attorney gave you the option of doing this and you declined then I do not believe that you have any grounds for a grievance

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