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Matthew Craig Fendon

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  • How do I counter? was offered a workmans comp settlement of $10,000 3 days before hearing. $60,000 would be acceptable to me.

    I had thyroid cancer due to on the job radiation exposure. Had thyroidectomy and need ongoing care.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your inquiry. It's very difficult to analyze a case for settlement value over an email exchange. Your best bet would be to contact any of the worker's compensation lawyers on Avvo with 10.0 ratings and are licensed in Arizona. Most workers' compensation firms, including ours, offer free consultations. Do your research on the firm, and then reach out to any one of us. Be well. Sorry about your diagnosis.

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  • Are workers comp payments "held against" you in figuring social security payments?

    I've worked with an insurance broker to sign up for Medicare and was told that workers compensation payments are not to be reported as income. I've looked online and cannot find a definitive answer. I don't want to defraud social security, but it ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Workers' compensation disability benefits are typically not taxable income as far as settling with Uncle Sam at the end of the year. However, there is a workers' compensation offset to Social Security Disability benefits, so you need to report your compensation to Social Security. Thanks for asking!

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  • Need info on workmans comp laws. Being blown off from attorney. Does wc settle per injury or just for least of injuries

    My wc attorney is trying to close case with very small amount of money for what was considered catistrofic injuries. Does wc pay per injury or just for the smallest of injuries.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Sorry to hear this. I believe your best plan of attack is to have an in-depth meeting with your lawyer so you can understand your lawyer's actions. Communication is key. If after the meeting, you still do not feel satisfied, you should officially contact another worker's compensation lawyer for a second opinion on your case. Be well.

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  • Worker's Comp Settlement Dispute Court Case: How long do Worker's Comp settlement disputes cases generally last?

    I was injured at work a few years ago and diagnosed with a disc Protrusion, stenosis, etc. After PT, shots, Worker's Comp and state gave status of Permanent Partial Disability with no monetary compensation. I am disputing this in court but have be...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I have to agree with Mr. York. You should have a worker's compensation attorney if you are proceeding in litigation at the Industrial Commission of Arizona. The legal process can take months and months. Ultimately, if the case doesn't settle, the judge will issue an award. They can drag their feet until there is a decision from a judge in your favor.

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  • My husband works for az dept of corrections and was injured on the job, and now ignoring him

    he was injured by inmates and now his very ill and the treating him like its a joke, and the medical care is incompetent. and they have stopped paying him.

    Matthew’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear this. It is important for your husband to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney soon as possible. Typically, after someone is injured on the job, the employer tends to treat them worse off than before the injury. Furthermore, the employer's insurance carrier sends them to their choice of doctors when in reality your husband can most likely choose his own doctor.

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  • Settlement Offers Arizona Workman's Comp

    My question I am on temporary disability If eventually I am released back to work does the insurance carrier offer me a settlement? Or do I only receive my temporary disability until the date release back to work and never a settlement offer

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. You are eligible for temporary disability benefits until you are deemed medically stationary by a doctor, or released for regular work, whichever happens first. If you are given a permanent impairment by a doctor, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. These are typically paid monthly but can sometimes be negotiated to be paid in a lump sum. I hope this answer helps you. Be well.

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  • Settled WC case 2005 (without prejudice), broken pelvis for $15,000, now lots of pain. Can I reopen? Was told I could.

    Had auto accident while on the job. In hospital 5 or 6 days, head injury, loss of memory, dizziness, severe neck pain, and broken left hip (buckle break). Settled W/O prejudice for $15,000.00 but told I could reopen if I continued to have probl...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thank you for your posting. If the injury was an Arizona claim, you can file a petition to reopen as long as you show a "new, additional, or previously undiscovered condition" related to your industrial injury. The petition to reopen needs to be filed with the Industrial Commission before you have any significant medical treatment. You will need to attach a medical report preferably from an orthopedist that says the case needs to be reopened. Once the insurance carrier's notified by the Commission, it will take 21 days for them to accept or deny the reopening. If they deny it, you need to promptly appeal it with the Industrial Commission as you only have 90 days to do so. I agree with Mr. Allen that if you had an attorney that previously represented you, you should probably contact them about this issue. Be well.

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  • I got hurt at my part time job would workman's comp pay both my full time wages and my part time wages or my part time wages

    Firefighter/EMT full time job. EMT part time

    Matthew’s Answer

    Sorry about your injury. Yes, both of your jobs' wages should be included in the average monthly wage calculation. Please make sure the insurance adjuster knows about both jobs and their wages.

    Typically, the insurance adjuster will make a recommendation to the industrial commission on what your wage should be. A notice of average monthly wage will then be issued by the industrial commission which you will have 90 days to appeal if you disagree with what it is set at. Be well!

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  • Can i reopen a work comp claim?

    i had oil squirted in my eyes from a faulty lift at work. I saw a work comp dr ,he gave me drops and back to work the next day. This was less then or mabe month ago. I am now having vision problems(never have before) Can I reopen the case..I hav...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thank you for your inquiry. If the injury happened within the last month, you wouldn't need to reopen the case. You need to call the industrial commission of Arizona and confirm that the claim was filed; if the claim was accepted, pick out a doctor you'd like to see and file a request to change doctors with the industrial commission. Also, it is wrongful to terminate an employee based on their filing a worker's compensation claim. You may want to seek a consultation with an employment lawyer as well.

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  • Can i sue for medication not authorized in a timely matter. 3 days nothing for pain 4 two different surgerys? hurt on job

    none my presciptions have been authorized on time longest ive waited is 11 days, called , emails and in still no help. have experinced so much pain that i thought i was going crazy just wanted die. please tell me that this isnt right to treat peo...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. I am sorry you are so upset by the actions of Sedgwick. Something as easy as obtaining a prescription should not be this difficult. Fortunately, there are worker's compensation attorneys here in Arizona that are here for folks like you. I highly recommend consulting with one of us at your convenience. I also agree that Injured Worker's Pharmacy (IWP) is a fantastic service that eliminates these types of issues. Be well. I'm sorry you are in so much pain.

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