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John Eiler Goodwin

Bainbridge Island Workers' Compensation Lawyer.

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  1. Federal Work Comp related. Doctor's office negligence or Worker's Comp? Can I get any compensation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. George Ellis Corson IV
    2. John Eiler Goodwin
    3. Brett A. Borah
    4. John R. Walker
    4 lawyer answers

    Hello: I am someone whose practice is restricted to Federal Workers' Compensation and before I became an attorney I worked as a Claims Examiner in an OWCP District Office. I would recommend that the doctor request authorization for a "diagnostic" MRI. I would also advise you to contact the specific claims examiner in the San Francisco Office who is handling your case, not the contact representative. If the claims examiner does not get back to you in a reasonable amount of time, start...

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  2. Is it legal for an employer to have me sign a waiver releasing their liability if I get hurt on job?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Daniel Nelson Deasy
    2. Jonathan Neal Portner
    3. John M Connell
    4. John Eiler Goodwin
    4 lawyer answers

    Before I became an attorney I worked for several years as a claims examiner in the Federal Workers' Compensation Program (OWCP). We were told that no employer or other person may require an employee to enter into any agreement to waive his or her right to compensation. We were also told that no waiver of compensation rights was ever valid. You should consult an attorney.

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  3. Do I need to consult a lawyer if i'm not getting workers compensation when I am entitled to it?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. John Eiler Goodwin
    2. Shaun Cunningham
    3. Robert Alan Huber
    3 lawyer answers

    The short answer is yes.

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  4. Post surgery for Carpal Tunnel

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. John Eiler Goodwin
    2. Michele Susan Lewane
    3. David J. McCormick
    3 lawyer answers

    If you are a Federal employee in Washington State, you may want the surgeon to refer you to an occupational medicine specialist. Under OWCP law this procedure is OK. You may want to let your OWCP Claims Examiner know that your surgeon is going to refer you to an occupational illness physician so everyone knows what is going on. In Washington State where many people have Group Health, the occupational illness physicians there are experienced in determining work restrictions for Federal...

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

    Answered over 1 year ago.

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

    If you were a Federal Employee when you were injured, you have 30 days from the date of the issuance of the CA 203 to request an oral hearing, 6 months to request review by the ECAB and one year to submit new medical evidence or new legal argument and request reconsideration. The date of MMI Maximum Medical Improvement is not the date you were fixed and stable. It is the date you were as good as you were going to get. Federal Employees who obtain a schedule award will not do so until after...

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  6. State Disability, I wanted to double check waa I suppose to file taxes?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. George Ellis Corson IV
    2. Shaun Cunningham
    3. John Eiler Goodwin
    3 lawyer answers

    If you were a Federal employee receiving Federal disability, you would not pay Federal Income tax.

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  7. Cumulative trauma from computer work, should I reopen a claim from 4 years ago with former employer or file new claim?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. George Ellis Corson IV
    2. Brett A. Borah
    3. Juan Manuel Armenta
    4. John Eiler Goodwin
    4 lawyer answers

    If your prior employer was the Federal Government and you sustained an occupational illness that was accepted but administratively closed, I recommend you file a CA 2a for recurrence or file a claim for a consequential injury. You should seek help from a union steward or local attorney to help you decide which direction to go. You can ask the representative to explain program memorandum 203. You will also be required to submit a medical report with bridging symptoms explaining how your...

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  8. Awaiting work comp determination of disability, wheh should I apply to SSDI

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Brian S Wayson
    2. John Eiler Goodwin
    3. Inga L Stevens
    3 lawyer answers

    Mr. Wayson is providing excellent advice and you should read his answer carefully

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  9. Does anyone know a good workmans comp lawyer

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Robert J. Ehrenberg
    2. John Eiler Goodwin
    3. Brett A. Borah
    3 lawyer answers

    I suggest you contact the local bar association for a list of attorneys in your area who practice workers compensation law. You may also want to see a lawyer about a tort claim for the broken ladder. Do not delay. There is a statute of limitations for filing a claim

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  10. Do I need to remain employed until my workers comp lawsuit settled?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Brett A. Borah
    2. Dennis Anthony Sommese
    3. John Eiler Goodwin
    3 lawyer answers

    If you were a civilian Federal Employee when you were injured and your claim has been approved, you do not have to remain employed with the same employing agency while your claim is active. Your employer cannot legally impede your claim just because you hired an attorney. 18 USC 1922 provides for penalties for employing agency officials who impede the filing of a workers compensation claim with the OWCP. Your attorney can explain 18 USC 1922 to you. If you were a Federal employee when...

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