Contact a workmen comp lawyer and a disability lawyer to review your options. Workmen's Comp is if you are hurt at work and disability is if you can not work.
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Even here, you have NOT told us HOW you injured yourself. Any attorney should have explained that without a mechanism of injury, it is not possible for any doctor to render a causation opinion. Without that, you are and will remain at a standstill.
The questions you are asking should be put to YOUR attorney. Isn't that why you are paying him?
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The most important thing to do to accelerate your claim is to provide the Board with a medical report stating that you were injured at work and your diagnosis. Once the Board receives a medical report, it will "index" your claim which will trigger a time limit for your employer's insurance carrier to officially respond to the claim which will then result in an expedited hearing if they controvert the claim.
It is perfectly valid and meritorious to claim that the nature of your work caused your injuries as opposed to a particular event or accident, and even if your claim is "vague" this is not a legal defense to a Workers' Compensation claim.
If you are claiming that your meniscal tear resulted from your work you should be treating with a physician who is coded by the New York Workers' Compensation Board. There is an exhaustive list of coded physicians on the Board's website.
From your description it sounds like there will be hearings and litigation in your claim. It would be advisable to retain an attorney who then may be able to refer you to a reputable, coded physician.
There is no attorney fee in a Workers' Compensation claim unless the attorney's work results in an award to you, and even then, all attorney's fees are subject to the approval of the Workers' Compensation Board. Attorney fees are deducted from your award and paid to your attorney directly by the insurance carrier. There is no fixed attorney fee in a Workers' Compensation claim, however, it is customary for a claimant's attorney to request between 10 percent and 20 percent of the award that moves to you because of the attorney's work.
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