Should a lawyer tell a client that your final doctor's report don't matter when it come to settling a workers comp case.

Asked over 1 year ago - Palos Hills, IL

I was injured on the job oct.19th 2012 i'm a nurse assistant I was changing a resident on the floor and felt something pop in my back I was off work for a week I went back on light duty in February I was sent home on worker comp never received a check until mid may all together I received 3 checks then another company took my case over corvel originally it was Sedgwick after corvel took over my checks stop all the lawyer could say was he's working on so I said settle my case and he told me oh we settle the case without because it wouldn't make a difference excuse me I need surgery on my back because my disc is out it's a 8.4 outage and he sit and tell me it wouldn't matter i'm pissed I feel he doesn't have my best intrest at all what can I do i'm tired of his bs

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  1. Stephen Laurence Hoffman


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    Answered . If you have an attorney, we can't give you advice.

    What I can say is I would suspect there is a question o f causation of your back injury in the medical reports. I am guessing it is not 100% certain that all doctors agree you n eed surgery or that it is as a result of this work-related incident.

    Your case, like most workers' comp cases I handle, is disputed in some way. It means whatever settlement you achieve will often be a compromise.

    You should sit down with your lawyer for an explanation of all the pros and cons of going to trial. If you don't get answers, retain a new lawyer to replace this one, but don't expect the evidence to change.

    Stephen L. Hoffman
    Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
    Chicago, IL

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  2. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano


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    Answered . Please read my comment.

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  3. John M Connell


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    Answered . I agree that you should sit down with your atty and discuss what's good or bad about your case first so you have a complete picture of where things stand. If you can't get the attorney to do that you can always find someone else

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