You do not have to appear. If you do not appear the case will be dismissed. But, Before you do that you should get another opinion from another lawyer. Perhaps you would have a better relationship with the new one. You should not give up your rights because you not satisfied with you current attorney. I am located in Morristown. Please feel free to contct me.
It is not too late for you to review this matter with a workers' compensation attorney who may be in a position to secure the benefits which are available to you under the New Jersey Worker's Compensation Act. These benefits include medical treatment, temporary total wage benefit, a permanent partial or total disability award and a right for continuing benefits into your future. You generally have the ability to transfer your case to a another attorney without any additional fees or costs to you. This system is designed to protect you, the injured worker. You should not allow one bad experience with one attorney to ruin your case and give up your rights.
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Before you make any decisions on whether to abandon a claim, which can affect you legal rights in the future, you should seek legal counsel. In New Jersey Workers counsel fees for Workers Compensation claims are set within the descretion of the Court and therefore you can very likely obtain a consultation without having to pay a counsel fee.
I suggest that you should seek legal counsel.
This response is a general comment is not intended to take the place of legal advice based upon the specific facts of your claim. For specific legal counsel on a particular question a legal consultation with an attorney is necessary.