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Chadwick Joseph Lawrence

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  • Hi What does this mean? medical decision has been made and we are working to process your decision.

    Chadwick’s Answer

    You should receive and answer soon. Be patient as others have said.

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  • If my employer misclassified me can I sue to get WC. ?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    Agreed with everyone above. Must find out if the employer had workers compensation coverage in place at the time of the accident.

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  • How do I go about finding a lawyer that does children disability cases?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    Many of us handle childhood disability cases. I have a form that tracks the SSI childhood regulations. I get my clients to have a doctor fill it out and then we try to get the progress notes and school information (grades, teacher notes, etc) to build the case. Feel free to reach out to my firm if you need help. I take cases all over the state.

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  • I'm applying for disability from VA and SSA. In the future I would like to write a book maybe two?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    You could be engaged in what the Social Security Administration calls the functional equivalent to work by writing a book. If the SSA believes you have the ability to write a book, then your concentration level might be strong enough perform a job of some sort. Make sure you discuss this with your attorney because I have had claims where the person volunteers at an organization and the SSA denied the claim contending the claimant was performing the functional equivalent to work, even though they were not paid. Their activities closely resembled work and the SSA contended the claimant was able to perform some job. They will hire a vocational expert who will testify you can work in various jobs based upon your level of functioning. So, you run the risk of a denial.

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  • I'm I able to get permanent disability?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    You should apply for SSDI benefits now. Many of us Social Security lawyers work the entire state of Florida, so if you need help with the application, call one of us today. It sounds like you have a good case.

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  • I have a new work comp injury in same body part from an previous work comp injury. Is this considered a new case?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    As a former insurance company defense attorney, I can tell you from experience 65% of shoulder surgeries end up re-tearing the original injury requiring yet another surgery. That shoulder is weak from the original injury and unfortunately, many claimants return to full duty work only to injure the same shoulder. It is most likely a new claim. Hire an experienced workers compensation attorney to help you get through the system. It is stacked against you and the insurance company is not your friend.

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  • First medical exam with the workers comp doctor for carpal . What to expect? What kind of a tests can they do for carpal tunnel?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    Agreed, the nerve conduction study will help the physician rule out other causes of your symptoms. CTC cases can be tricky. They usually result from repetitive trauma. Surgery can help alleviate some of the symptoms, but most of the time the patient remains symptomatic. Hire an experienced workers compensation attorney to help you out. The insurance company is not your friend.

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  • What can I do if I was sent home when I should of had emergency surgery

    Chadwick’s Answer

    You should retain and experienced workers compensation attorney to help you get the benefits timely provided to you. The adjusters love to play the delay delay delay game and unfortunately delays in medical care and result in prolonged recovery due to the injury not being timely treated. Most of us accept cases throughout Florida. Get some help asap on your case.

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  • Can I file workers compensation if I fell at work while not wearing shoes to clean a wet floor?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    Short answer is yes. You need to ask for workers compensation benefits within 30 days of the date of the incident or you could forfeit your rights to file a workers compensation claim. Tell you employer what happened and ask them to fill out a "Notice of Injury" form for you to sign. The employer will then contact the workers compensation insurance company. Your ER bill could end up being huge, so you need to jump on this right away so that you don't get stuck with that bill. Also, since you are still out and have headaches you might need to see a neurologist. You are going to need a workers compensation attorney. Most of us take cases all over the state of Florida. I wish you the best of luck.

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  • If I was injured in a rear end car accident while working do I go through workman's comp or the other driver's insurance?

    Chadwick’s Answer

    I am a former insurance company defense attorney. I now represent only injured workers and handle pi cases, you have two options. You can go the workers compensation route, but you will be forced to go to the doctors the workers compensation carrier sends you to. It is a managed care system. The adjuster picks the doctor and facility you treat at and 99% of the time those "workers compensation" doctors are very conservative and will down play the extent of your injuries in order to save the workers comp insurance company money. Many times, the comp carrier will assign a nurse case manager who will oversee the treatment and direct you to the most conservative doctors on their list in order to get you through the system as fast as possible. Now, the good new is there are no limits. So, if you injury requires surgery, you can be off work for many months and still get paid your lost wages. Under PIP there is only a total of $10,000 available to pay for both the lost wages and medical care. So, under PIP you can chose the doctor you wish to treat your condition, but there is only $10,000 available. If your condition requires surgery, you will need to use your health insurance to cover the costs above and beyond the $10,000 limits. Now, you can ask the PIP carrier to designate the entire $10,000 for your lost wage claim and use the health insurance to pay for the medical care. PIP is primary over the health insurance, meaning you must use up the PIP before the health insurance kicks in. So, if are going to be out from work a long time, you might want to designate the PIP to pay only the lost wages. Now, under workers comp, if you are out a really long time and your lost wages exceed $10,000, you don't have to worry about any limits as workers comp will pay you for 104 weeks or two years. I hope this helps. You need a good lawyer to help you manage your case.

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