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John Eiler Goodwin

John Goodwin’s Answers

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  • Can I file for workman compensation by the means of stress on the job ?

    my job as a nurse has been very very stressful. I had a confrontation with my immediate supervisor then 2 hours later I had symptoms of a stroke and had to be rushed to the hospital. now I am left with physical symptoms of a stroke unable to walk ...

    John’s Answer

    I am a Federal Workers Compensation Attorney. If you were a nurse for a Federal Agency such as a VA Hospital and sustained a stroke because of the job and the weight of the medical evidence showed your job duties contributed to the stroke, you would have a claim. I urge you to get help from a local attorney as soon as you can.

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  • What is independent medical examination?

    I had R distal fracture repair and then subsequent thumb extensor tendon repair. My orthopaedic surgen and PCE decide that I am on a permanent basis limitation by PCE. Lifting op to 5lib.I am caregiver. The injury happen an job. My doct...

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    I am a Federal Workers Compensation Attorney who practices in Washington State. Under Federal Law, an IME is not the same as a Second Opinion Medical Examination. An IME is required only when there is a conflict in medical opinion between the attending physician and the Government's second opinion medical examiner.

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  • In a federal workers comp case is there a guideline as to what compensation the attorney receives?

    I have a case pending but have heard from several sources that the attorney's compensation in a federal workers comp case is not the normal contingency fee as in other workers comp cases.

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    I am a Federal Workers Compensation Attorney and the FECA prohibits contingency fees. We can only bill on an hourly basis and our fee must be approved by the OWCP before we can collect the fee from the injured worker.

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  • How do I appeal & how long do I have?

    My MMI of 12% was determined by medical evaluation on 9/4/12. The date was back-dated to 6/26/12 which was exactly 3 mos after surgery on my shoulder. Had the evaluation actually been performed on 6/26/12 the MMI percentage would be much higher,...

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    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 the physical therapy is completed.

    I urge you to get advice from a union steward or a local attorney as schedule awards can be tricky.

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  • Is there a statue of limitation on compensation injuries? cervical neck herniated c6 c7

    1999 i was working at an emergency room as the triage nurse. when i picked up a 16 year old overdose who was unresponsive. i picked him up and threw him over my shoulder and ran him into the trauma room and yell for immediately called for help

    John’s Answer

    If you were a Federal Employee like a nurse in a VA Hospital when the 1999 injury happened, the statute of limitations is three years from the date of injury, but the statute of limitations is waived if you can prove that your supervisor knew of the injury within 30 days of when it happened. You should consult an attorney as soon as possible.

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  • I have a carpal itunnel

    my sureny said thet will be cutting in 3 places and this is a workmen claim is cutting in 3 lpaces worth more than i cut and applx. how much iin missouri for steetment

    John’s Answer

    If you are a Ferderal worker who sustained an injury or illness in the performance of duty the value of your workers' compensation claim has nothing to due with the number of cuts you receive in surgery. For Federal workers, claims for schedule awards are based upon the extent of the impairment remaining after you have reached maximum medical improvement. MMI does not mean fixed and stable. MMI means you are as good as you are going to get.

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  • What are our rights for workers comp and can we get ride of our nurse case manager.

    we have asked our nurse case manager to leave the room and not enter or dr appointments but later found out that she stays and talkes with our dr and has him change his mind about all we had just talked about. She keeps pushing on having my husban...

    John’s Answer

    If your husband is a Federal Employee, the best way to handle this is to have your doctor tell the nurse, the doctor does not want the nurse in the examining room and that any information she wants from the doctor, she should ask for in writing and the doctor will answer. Your husband should consult with a uniion steward or a local attorney. There are proposed changes to the statute which if passed by Congress would change the role of the nurse case manager.

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  • If an employee is attacked by a co-worker at the place of employment, would that fall under Worker's Compensation law?

    The victim was almost killed.

    John’s Answer

    If the employee and coworker were Federal Employees and the attack occurred at work, the answer is yes unless the problem that caused attack was imported from the outside. It does not matter who started the fight. The compensability of assaults is an area with many shades of grey. I suggest the person consult with a local attorney or union steward for help.

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  • Ime info

    When I go to my ime, upon entering waiting room if given to me should I be filling out anything, the last time I went, I filled out medical release only, it was not any questionare , or pain history etc., do I need to fill out anything upon enter...

    John’s Answer

    If you were a Federal Employee and sustained an injury on the job and the OWCP selected the same IME physician to resolve a second conflict, there may have been a reversable error. You should contact a local attorney who knows the FECA and the case law.

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  • My Joint sponsor also sponsored her husband, I-864 , part 5: c and f ? need to write her husband, then how many household size?

    my us citizen husband, can not elegible to sponsor me, my us citizen friend is my joint sponsor. my us citizen joint sponsor also married and sponsored her husband 1 years ago. her income is 66k individual. she is not use her husband income. but...

    John’s Answer

    This does not appear to be a workers' compensation question. Perhaps it belongs in the immigration section?

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