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As a hospital nurse, I was injured then reinjured 7 months later while on the job.

Ukiah, CA |

My second injury resulted in a fragmented disc herniation in lumbar spine. I am now left with serious and chronic pain issues and am unable to work. Work comp initially challenged my claim, saying the injury was caused at home and was pre-existing. I was sent to a medical examiner who determined the herniation was indeed caused while at work based on MRI's. Work comp has been covering a percentage of my income along with medical bills. It has been 21 months since the first injury. I have a SSDI legal advocate but am wondering if I should have private legal rep as well. I am not sure if work comp is working on my behalf or the hospitals. Any advice would be helpful.

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One of the reasons you are having a problem appears to be lack of an attorney. Good luck.

Personal injury cases only; I'm good at it; you be the Judge! All information provided is for informational and educational purposes only. No attorney client relationship has been formed or should be inferred. Please speak with a local and qualified attorney. I truly wish you and those close to you all the best. Jeff


Workers Comp works on their own behalf. You have a serious injury. Your career is in jeopardy due to your medical condition. With this much at stake, you need an attorney fighting for you.


You have a serious injury and you need help. You need to hire an experienced worker's compensation lawyer. Only he/she will be able to be the best person to protect your interest. You should check this web site or the local bar association for a lawyer.

Dennis Wayne Tackett

Dennis Wayne Tackett


Great answer!


As the other responses indicate, you need to retain a workers compensation attorney to assist you with you claim. Use the Find a Lawyer tab on Avvo to find workers compensation attorneys in the Ukiah area to consult with. Best of luck to you...

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Now you have learned that retaining a lawyer is essential.


If your work-related injury was caused in a situation of dual capacity, i.e., where you were injured both as an employee and as a member of the public (as in a slip and fall injury in a public hallway) or as a victim of a non-employer's unlawfulness, you may have a tort claim needing a personal injury attorney who could also be your workers compensation attorney.

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