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Bobby L. Bollinger Jr.
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  • Can I handle workers compensation claim benefits without a lawyer? What would you recommend?

    I hurt my lower back at work on July 4th, 2016. I informed my manager that I can no longer work. Recently the company sent me a packet which contained workers compensation information to mail back. Should I fill out the paperwork myself or have a ...

    Bobby’s Answer

    If you are saying you cannot work, but you don't have a doctor who has evaluated your injury and restricted you from working, then you may already be in trouble on this case. At least get a free consultation from a workers' comp lawyer.

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  • How do I find reviews and complaints on attorneys?

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    Bobby’s Answer

    Reviews can be seen here on AVVO, on Google Plus, and on Martindale Hubbell. Significant, legitimate complaints can be found on the NC State Bar website. Look under the "discipline" tab.
    Don't put too much stock in the negative reviews you may see on AVVO or Google. There is no way to verify the legitimacy of those.

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  • Who can I talk to if I am injured during surgery?

    I am a worker's compensation patient. I si joint surgery. Surgery caused some bruises on my hip below my incision. 2 months post- op, the bruises are gone but I can still feel the pain when I rub on my hip. Now 5 months post-op, still feel pain bu...

    Bobby’s Answer

    If you think the doctor causes a significant injury to you due to carelessness with the surgery, then speak to a medical malpractice lawyer. But absent a significant injury, a med mal lawyer will not be interested in pursuing anything for you unless you have, say, $80,000 to deposit with him to cover the expenses of the case.

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  • Specifically what forms / information can my workers comp lawyer obtain when I sign a release form for medical?

    My workers comp lawyer would not submit a request through the proper channels to my dr's office to get a copy of the request for surgery and a copy of the fax receipt for the date the request was sent to Workers comp. He told me, the release fo...

    Bobby’s Answer

    This happens often. It can be challenging for a law office to get a client's medical records from a medical provider. Many times the provider will not honor the record release that the lawyer had his client sign, even though the release is legally sufficient. Sometimes providers insist upon a "HIPAA compliant" release even though HIPAA does not even apply in workers' comp cases. My guess is that the problem is at the doctor's office, not the lawyer's office. And don't count on them giving you a fax receipt--that is probably not your medical record, but the doctor's business record.

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  • I was in a bad car accident, I was compensated $7,500 for bodily injury. Do I have to pay my own medical bills & attorney?

    After my case settled, my attorney told me that my settlement compensation was going to be split in thirds, 30% to medical bills, 30% to the attorney and the rest for me. I was left with 2,500 roughly. That didn't seem right to me, but it was my f...

    Bobby’s Answer

    That is how it works. Perhaps those other folks had their medical bills paid by another source, such as Med-Pay coverage in an auto insurance policy, or their health insurance. This question was posted in "workers' compensation" but it appears that you are referring to an auto tort claim.

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  • Is it legal

    Can an employer file a workers comp claim on the behalf of the employee after the employee has refused to file himself to pursue other legal options?

    Bobby’s Answer

    And don't forget, an employer is contractually obligated to report it to its insurance carrier, too.

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  • Is 9% PPD fair?

    I was i jure at work, while transferring an adult with disabilities. I was not given a gait belt to do the transfer properly. I ended up with partial tear in rotator cuff, and an impingement. (August 2015). I went through therapy, and 2 rounds o...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Sounds a little low to me. But you should talk to a local workers' comp lawyer and see if the lawyer can help you.

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  • How much can I sue my employers insurance company for a Workmans compensation claim ?

    I was injured on a job site which required surgery. I reported the injury to my employer right away. My employer told me the next day my claim was denied. Was off work for 3 months with no pay as a result of this injury. 3 doctors stated this was ...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Why did you rely on your employer to open your claim? By sitting on your rights at the beginning, you may have put your lawyer at a great disadvantage in terms of helping you. I see this happen frequently. Never rely on your employer to file your claim! Your employer is your adversary in this process. Your lawyer may want you to settle because you did not take care of business at first, and now your ability to win full benefits is compromised. Ask your lawyer to explain why he is recommending a settlement.

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  • How long does a workman comp insurance company have to either approve or deny a claim?

    I was injured on the 25th of June. I met with the "field investigator" 2 weeks ago. She said I would hear something in 10-14 days and I've still heard nothing. I left a voicemail and still nothing. My employer said the investigator spoke with them...

    Bobby’s Answer

    Your only good option is to hire a good workers' comp lawyer to help you, and do it immediately.

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