Grady Martin’s Answers

Grady Martin

Seattle Workers' Compensation Lawyer.

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  1. Can a doctor take you complete off work for a on the job injury in Washington state.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    3. Robert Aaron Silber
    4. David J. McCormick
    4 lawyer answers

    If you've been injured at work and have a workers' compensation claim, the Department of Labor and Industries (or your employer if they are "self-insured") will consider your primary treating doctor as your "attending physician" for the claim. It is an attending physician's responsibility, based on his or her professional medical opinion, to provide appropriate work restrictions or to certify that you are unable to work at your job of injury or to certify that you are unable to work at all....

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  2. Workers Compensation Attorney?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. V. Jonas Urba
    3. Douglas Wayne Jones Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    It is difficult to determine from your short description but you may be entitled to one or more of the following benefits: 1) additional medical treatment, 2) additional timeloss or loss of earning power benefits, 3) an award for permanent impairment (PPD), 4) vocational retraining, or 5) a permanent disability pension. You should call an attorney to discuss your claim. An attorney will ask you questions about the status of your workers' compensation claim, what formal legal orders have...

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  3. What legal steps should I take to get my employer to address my ergonomic needs and injuries caused on the job?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. Susan J Holm
    3. George Ellis Corson IV
    3 lawyer answers

    If you have not filed a workers' compensation claim, you should probably do so. Once you file a claim, and assuming it is allowed, you may be entitled to one or more of the following benefits: 1) medical treatment for your CTS, 2) compensation for missed work, especially if you undergo surgery, 3) an award for permanent impairment, 4) vocational retraining or a pension. When you call an attorney, he or she will ask you questions about the status of your workers' compensation claim, what...

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  4. To whom does one complain about the conduct of Industrial Appeals Judges?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. George Ellis Corson IV
    3. David J. McCormick
    3 lawyer answers

    I doubt that much of this has anything to do with you being a lay rep and Mr. Corson makes a valid point. As an attorney who practices before the Board, however, I'm in a better position than him to recognize that your complaints are the types of complaints that attorneys often have regarding Board judges and you're correct that there is little to be done about them. Your lack of training as an attorney is clearly not preventing you from finding and applying the relevant rules. An experienced...

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  5. Workers comp, need legal advise.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. Patrick Arthur Palace
    3. Susan J Holm
    4. Drew D Dalton
    5. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
    5 lawyer answers

    One purpose of the workers' compensation system is to avoid the type of employee-emloyer litigation you are asking about. For this reason, it is very rare for an employee to be able to see his/her employer for a work injury. Negligence on the part of the employer or its other employees is not enough. You must be able to demonstrate that your employer intentionally harmed you. For this reason, it is very important for you to pursue any and all workers' compensation benefits that you are...

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  6. So vie been receiving workers comp ( L & I ) since 11 - 15 - 11 can I get unemployment / social security ?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. Michele Susan Lewane
    2 lawyer answers

    You probably cannot get unemployment because it is for individuals who are able to work and looking for work. You may be able to get Social Security Disability. SSD is something that you can apply for yourself but I would suggest talking to a workers' compensation attorney in your area. He or she will asking you questions regarding exactly what is going on with your workers' comp claim and then be able to tell you whether that claim is going ok and what to expect and whether you should apply...

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  7. Does my dad have a case, he wants to receive a retirement pension

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. Christopher Sharpe
    3. Brian S Wayson
    3 lawyer answers

    Your father may very well be entitled to a pension. It will be complicated and will depend on many variables. These include his injuries, his preexisting conditions, the opinions of his physicians, his work history, and whether he can realistically be retrained to do some type of lighter work. Situations like this can be quite tricky and often require an attorney. An attorney will ask you or your father questions about his medical conditions and the status of his workers' compensation...

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  8. Can I get a PPartial Disability award for total knee replacement even though I was given PPD award for meniscus surgery?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. George Ellis Corson IV
    3. Robert Aaron Silber
    4. John M Connell
    5. Christian K. Lassen II
    5 lawyer answers

    With a total knee replacement, you will probably be entitled to a PPD award of either 37% or 50% (minus what you received before). Your claim does need to be open to have the surgery covered under it, get other treatment, get timeloss compensation, the increased PPD award, and possibly vocational retraining. From your description, it is not clear if your claim has been reopened or is likely to be reopened. For this reason, you should call an attorney to discuss your claim. An attorney will...

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  9. I had carpal tunnel surgery on both hands, My dominant hand is not healing like my other hand. My fingers are swollen and have

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. David Charles Snell
    3. Susan J Holm
    4. David J. McCormick
    5. Marilynn Mika Spencer
    5 lawyer answers

    Your doctor should provide appropriate and complete work restrictions and your employer should not violate the work restrictions your doctor has provided. This problem may require you to hire an attorney but might also be something you can sort out with good communication with everyone involved. You should call an attorney to at least discuss your claim. An attorney will ask you questions about the status of your workers' compensation claim, what formal legal orders have been issued, your...

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  10. I have an open L&I claim. L&I would not authorize medical treatment that my doctor asked for. I filed an appeal with the Board.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Grady Martin
    2. Roger Harvey van Hoy
    2 lawyer answers

    Without all of the facts, I cannot say for sure but the AAG is probably correct that the testimony of the claims manager is irrelevant. The real issue is whether the EMG is a proper and necessary medical test for your work related condition. The CM is not a doctor and is not actually qualified to testify about the EMG. You should consult an attorney about this appeal and about your claim more broadly. An attorney might be able to just convince them to pay for the EMG without having to go...

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