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Matthew Craig Fendon

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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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  • Workmans Comp in Tucson

    I was injured while working Security in January 2015 I have since left that company the issue is my right arm is going out and the Ortho May take me off work The insurance company Travelers has been paying all the medical but now I am concerned...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your post. Sorry about your injury. If your physician has taken you off work, you most likely will be entitled to temporary total disability benefits from Travelers. This amounts to 66.6% of your average monthly wage at the time of the injury. There are multiple reputable worker's compensation firms on Avvo that have Tucson offices. We are one of them, but do you research and figure out which law firm would suits you best. Be well.

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  • Do I need a workers comp lawyer?

    In Arizona. My 16 yr old son fell at work the day he was let go. He was asked to finish shift and was still on the clock at the time of the fall. The exact details are. It was closing time and he was cleaning lobby. He forgot merchandise and ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Sorry about your son. I recommend promptly filing a worker's report of injury at the Industrial Commission of Arizona -- 602-542-4661, and seeking legal counsel if the injury is serious. Be well.

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  • What type of lawyer do I need to help

    I work for a company and got injured off of work to find out that I had no insurance in which that they were taking it out of my check then I almost lost my finger so to no insurance second I lost my after returning to work on top of having high h...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for the inquiry. I agree with all of these other recommendations. You should definitely consult with a worker's compensation lawyer. A company cannot deduct worker's compensation premiums from an employee's check. If they do not have worker's compensation insurance, you may be eligible for benefits via the Special Fund Division of the Industrial Commission of Arizona. Be well.

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  • Should I get a separate lawyer to help me reopen my worker's compensation claim?

    I have already retained a lawyer and is supposed to help me with a third party injury claim and to help me reopen a workers compensation claim that was closed after an IME doctor stated that I no longer need treatment. I have been getting so much...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your inquiry. You may actually need two lawyers on your case - your personal injury lawyer and a worker's compensation attorney. That frequently occurs when a third party is responsible for your injuries. Most personal injury attorneys do not handle litigation at the Industrial Commission for worker's compensation cases. I believe it would be in your best interest to consult a worker's compensation firm. Be well.

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