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Matthew Craig Fendon

Matthew Fendon’s Answers

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  • Is it OK to go back to work while taking narcotic pain pills after workers comp injury?

    Injured at work, had to have shoulder surgery and was told by Dr I would be out for several weeks. Company insurance adjuster contacted Dr and told them they would make accommodations and find me a job that I could do so Dr said ok. Problem is I...

    Matthew’s Answer

    I agree with Brian Weekley. Taking narcotic medications while on light duty is not a disqualifier. He's right. If you refuse the light-duty position that is technically within your work restrictions, the insurance carrier will withhold compensation from you. I highly recommend that you contact an attorney to discuss this further should additional questions arise. Be well

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  • Arizona, injured at work, Worker's comp only pays 66% of wages, What are my options for recourse?

    Suffered a injury while working for major retail chain. Went to company doctors for 2 months before they did MRI. Diagnosed with 2 torn muscles in shoulder, one could be repaired, other was cut and screwed into shoulder bone. Had surgery 2 weeks ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, the statutory cap for injuries in Arizona is 66 2/3% while on temporary disability status. You may want to confirm your average monthly wage was calculated correctly, however. That seems to be a reoccurring issue on these cases and affects the amount of compensation you're entitled to. You also may be entitled to permanent disability compensation checks if you are unable to return to work and earn what you were earning at the date of injury when you are done treating. However, this will typically be less than the 66 2/3% figure. If you have further questions, you should schedule a consultation with an attorney. Be well.

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  • Workers comp should i ask for settlement

    i live in Tucson Arizona. i am pretty much done with doctors. i am getting $1612 per month for LEC .i see the doctors every 6-12 months to keep my medical open . i want to ask them about settling but worry they will try and low ball me thinking i ...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Thanks for your inquiry. Unfortunately, that's now how insurance carriers value cases here in Arizona. I recommend that you consult with a board certified workers' compensation attorney in Arizona. There are multiple attorneys on Avvo that meet that requirement. We do have an office in Tucson and offer free consultations but do your research and select the appropriate attorney for you.

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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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