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Matthew Craig Fendon

Matthew Fendon’s Answers

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  • Will I continue to recieve a check from workman's comp if I have to take a leave of absence

    I have a workman's comp claim and I have already seen their doctor and they wanted another MRI before they could determine how much of a disability I have, this has been going on for a year and a half and my injury kept getting worse so I have bee...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your inquiry. As long as your doctor has you on a no work status, you should be eligible for temporary total disability benefits. If you take a leave of absence and are on a light work status per your doctor and there is a job available to you within your restrictions, the workers' compensation insurance carrier could withhold compensation from you. I recommend consulting with an attorney that specializes in workers' compensation cases on this issue.

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  • Does workman's comp cover dental?

    i work for a market and yesterday as i was looking up a lamp fell and hit my mouth and cracked my tooth in half. the nerve is exposed and pain killers are not helping. i filed a report but neither my boss or i know if workman's comp insurance cove...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. Yes, worker's compensation does cover dental issues. It's good that you filed a report with the employer. You should also promptly file an injury report with the Industrial Commission - 6025424661. You have a year to file a claim but it is also required that you report the injury "forthwith" which essentially means reporting to your employer and seeking medical/dental treatment as soon as possible. If your employer has worker's compensation insurance, it shouldn't "ruin" him financially. Let me know if you have any other questions. Be well.

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  • Is there more benefit in using a local SSDI atty or one who has a lot of experience with my condition but located out of state?

    I am about to apply for SSDI. After extensive research, I've narrowed my options down to three attorneys, one of whom specializes in my particular disease.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. I would recommend hiring someone local if you can. You should get much better customer service with a local lawyer versus a national outfit. Congrats on doing your research. I'm glad you were able to find a lawyer that specializes in your disease. Be well.

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  • How do I counter? was offered a workmans comp settlement of $10,000 3 days before hearing. $60,000 would be acceptable to me.

    I had thyroid cancer due to on the job radiation exposure. Had thyroidectomy and need ongoing care.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your inquiry. It's very difficult to analyze a case for settlement value over an email exchange. Your best bet would be to contact any of the worker's compensation lawyers on Avvo with 10.0 ratings and are licensed in Arizona. Most workers' compensation firms, including ours, offer free consultations. Do your research on the firm, and then reach out to any one of us. Be well. Sorry about your diagnosis.

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  • Are workers comp payments "held against" you in figuring social security payments?

    I've worked with an insurance broker to sign up for Medicare and was told that workers compensation payments are not to be reported as income. I've looked online and cannot find a definitive answer. I don't want to defraud social security, but it ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Workers' compensation disability benefits are typically not taxable income as far as settling with Uncle Sam at the end of the year. However, there is a workers' compensation offset to Social Security Disability benefits, so you need to report your compensation to Social Security. Thanks for asking!

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  • Need info on workmans comp laws. Being blown off from attorney. Does wc settle per injury or just for least of injuries

    My wc attorney is trying to close case with very small amount of money for what was considered catistrofic injuries. Does wc pay per injury or just for the smallest of injuries.

    Matthew’s Answer

    Sorry to hear this. I believe your best plan of attack is to have an in-depth meeting with your lawyer so you can understand your lawyer's actions. Communication is key. If after the meeting, you still do not feel satisfied, you should officially contact another worker's compensation lawyer for a second opinion on your case. Be well.

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  • Worker's Comp Settlement Dispute Court Case: How long do Worker's Comp settlement disputes cases generally last?

    I was injured at work a few years ago and diagnosed with a disc Protrusion, stenosis, etc. After PT, shots, Worker's Comp and state gave status of Permanent Partial Disability with no monetary compensation. I am disputing this in court but have be...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I have to agree with Mr. York. You should have a worker's compensation attorney if you are proceeding in litigation at the Industrial Commission of Arizona. The legal process can take months and months. Ultimately, if the case doesn't settle, the judge will issue an award. They can drag their feet until there is a decision from a judge in your favor.

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  • My husband works for az dept of corrections and was injured on the job, and now ignoring him

    he was injured by inmates and now his very ill and the treating him like its a joke, and the medical care is incompetent. and they have stopped paying him.

    Matthew’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear this. It is important for your husband to speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney soon as possible. Typically, after someone is injured on the job, the employer tends to treat them worse off than before the injury. Furthermore, the employer's insurance carrier sends them to their choice of doctors when in reality your husband can most likely choose his own doctor.

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  • Settlement Offers Arizona Workman's Comp

    My question I am on temporary disability If eventually I am released back to work does the insurance carrier offer me a settlement? Or do I only receive my temporary disability until the date release back to work and never a settlement offer

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. You are eligible for temporary disability benefits until you are deemed medically stationary by a doctor, or released for regular work, whichever happens first. If you are given a permanent impairment by a doctor, you may be eligible for permanent disability benefits. These are typically paid monthly but can sometimes be negotiated to be paid in a lump sum. I hope this answer helps you. Be well.

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  • Settled WC case 2005 (without prejudice), broken pelvis for $15,000, now lots of pain. Can I reopen? Was told I could.

    Had auto accident while on the job. In hospital 5 or 6 days, head injury, loss of memory, dizziness, severe neck pain, and broken left hip (buckle break). Settled W/O prejudice for $15,000.00 but told I could reopen if I continued to have probl...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thank you for your posting. If the injury was an Arizona claim, you can file a petition to reopen as long as you show a "new, additional, or previously undiscovered condition" related to your industrial injury. The petition to reopen needs to be filed with the Industrial Commission before you have any significant medical treatment. You will need to attach a medical report preferably from an orthopedist that says the case needs to be reopened. Once the insurance carrier's notified by the Commission, it will take 21 days for them to accept or deny the reopening. If they deny it, you need to promptly appeal it with the Industrial Commission as you only have 90 days to do so. I agree with Mr. Allen that if you had an attorney that previously represented you, you should probably contact them about this issue. Be well.

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