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  • I have an open approved workers compensation case and my benifits have stopped. I have not received a payment since May 23 2016

    I have called and sent numerous emails requesting a status update on June 14, 2016 amd it took me three weeks to finally find out she needed updated medical reports. These were submitted June 30, 2016 and we're received. I have tried to contact th...

    Peter’s Answer

    There could be a number of reasons your benefits have been "stopped" on your open workers compensation claim. There is not enough information. However, if you received an order or decision on your case, you must appeal or protest that order or decision within 60 days or the decision could be final. Understand that money is tight and I am sorry for your circumstances. Attorneys representing injured workers are compensated on a contingency basis, meaning a percentage of the benefits that you receive from time loss, PPD, or pension. There are no "up front out of pocket" costs. Considering your are receiving NO benefits, benefits with a small percentage removed for attorney fees may be in your best interest. Most attorneys offer free consultations for injured workers. I would highly recommend you consult with an experienced injury attorney.

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  • What can i do about a having a case worker that is on a list of corrupt case workers

    please i have talked with a dozen lawyers and i cant afford to pay for one i just need someone to look in to my case and thay will see just how bad this hole thing is

    Peter’s Answer

    There is not enough information to adequately respond to the "corruption" claim. You could request a new claims manager; however, you would need a clear showing of bias and abuse. In many cases, the injured worker is at odds on a decision or authorization and may need the assistance of an attorney. Attorneys representing injured workers are compensated on a contingency; meaning they are paid a percentage of time loss, permanent partial disability, and pension for their effort resolving your case. The compensation is not traditionally an "up front" cost to the injured worker. I would recommend, at the very least, consulting with an experienced injury attorney. Most attorneys offer free consultations for injured workers.

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  • Do I have a case if my trainer rolled the semi truck while I was sleeping in the sleeper. I think he fell asleep

    I was in the sleeper sleeping at the time that he went off the road and crashed. He jumped out then he hollered for me to get out as the truck was on fire. I have soft tissue injurys and neck pain and back pain as well is starting to show. I don'...

    Peter’s Answer

    Although I don't have all the facts, this appears to be a workplace injury and would be covered by the Department of Labor and Industries. File an accident report with your employer. Then, go to your doctor or the ER and report your injury and have them open a claim for you. If your employer is fighting you already then you will likely want legal counsel. Contact an experienced injury attorney for a free consultation. Most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free consultations for injured workers.

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  • How do we go about contesting an unbelievable liability decision?

    My husband was driving and I was in the passenger seat traveling on a two lane highway. It's a long stretch of flat, straight road. There was a truck driving ahead of us for a while, that stopped in the road, right by a pullout to the right. ...

    Peter’s Answer

    I recommend you consult with an attorney to review the police report, as well as the details of the collision. Most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free injury consultations to evaluate your claim. There may or may not be liability issues, but the other driver's insurance company is going to do everything to increase your portion of the fault in this case.

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  • Does L&I have to honor the SSD decision, cancel the IME, and pay my time loss now?

    My L&I claim is open & compensable; I have an IME appt at the end of the month for closing and rating. After the appointment was already set, I received a fully favorable decision from Social Security Disability & gave a copy of the decision to...

    Peter’s Answer

    The standards for a State Workers Compensation decision and a Federal Social Security Disability are different; therefore, the Department is not bound by Social Security's decision.

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  • Can myemployer yell at me for going to the doctors and are they allowed to tell me to try to tell my doctor I can do light duty

    I feel at work and decided to go to the dr when i got up since it was hard to walk. I bang my knees really bad.The dr told me I should stay off of work for 4 days. When I called and told my boss that I went to the dr and told the dr it was work r...

    Peter’s Answer

    First, you did the right thing. A worker should report an injury and seek medical treatment if they are injured. You are not required to see your employer's doctor. Second, it seems like there may be an attempt at claim suppression. Your employer can't bully you to not report or report as a non-work related injury. Again, you did the right thing. I would highly recommend you consult with an injury attorney. Most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free consultations to injured workers. Your claim is far from over. You may require treatment, you may be taken off work and put on time loss, you may be on light duty with loss of earning power, etc. There are too many variables right now, but a qualified injury attorney can help you sort through them.

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  • So will an ABEYANCE ORDER stop payments from coming?

    My L&I case has gone through retraining and a closing exam. The SIE is protesting the award amount. I got the down payment 39 days ago but no schedule of payment. I am schedule for yet another IME and the protest is not a "ABEYANCE ORDER"

    Peter’s Answer

    The protest or appeal will likely stop the future payments pending a new order by the Department. The scheduled IME is an attempt to build their case and, although you may be required to participate, I would make the Department and Employer justify the need for an IME. I recommend you seek the counsel of an attorney. Most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free consultations to injured workers.

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  • What can I do, is there legal action I can take.

    I was given a return to work from my Dr. On the paper work I was given. I could return to full work. Then two day after that. My boss called my Dr, asking about the return to work. Dr said he is not comfortable with me returning to work and I can'...

    Peter’s Answer

    If you were given a document releasing you to work, your attending physician must approve the return to work document. I recommend not returning to work until such time as your attending physician approves. Furthermore, your attending physician should issue you a new Activity Prescription Form (APF) indicating your restrictions. You should continue to receive Time Loss until your are released to work. If you are released to light duty, you may also receive Loss of Earning Power. I would highly recommend you contact an injury attorney. Most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free consultations to injured workers.

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  • When is a pension considered

    What is considered gainful employment? I have no transferable skills and permanently restricted from job of injury my permanent restrictions are very restricted it's very hard for vocational counsler to find me employable or get a retraining goal ...

    Peter’s Answer

    A pension may be available to you after your vocational counselor had eliminated your options: Return to the job of injury, Return to the employer with a new modified job, A new job with a new employer, a vocational plan. . . etc. If you are found to not have transferrable skills and there will be no retraining or education plan, the Voc may recommend pension. Your attending physician will play a large part in that decisions since they must approve the job analysis (JA) for the jobs offered by the Voc. If you are sent to the Pension Desk then it could be 12 months or longer before you are actually Pensioned. You will receive Time Loss until such time as your Pension is processed. I recommend speaking with your attending physician about the Voc Plan. However, you have an obligation to participate in the Voc process. I also recommend speaking to an injury attorney. Most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free injury consultations to injured workers.

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  • IME exam and abuse? How to handle this further? How to file complaint? Please advise. Thank you all.

    Ortho Dr asked me how I got injured and started to perform exam. He was very rough, pressing and squeezing too hard on my knees, elbows, hands. I told him that is causing a lot of pain but he continued and didn’t say anything. Same with doing flex...

    Peter’s Answer

    This type of abuse can be reported to the Department of Labor and Industries. Although injured workers are obligated to participate in an IME, they should not be subjected to abuse. There is nothing independent about an IME and more often than not, they are design to work against you and your claim. I recommend you see your attending physician to report the incident and determine if additional harm was caused. Also, most injury attorneys, like myself, offer free consultations to injured workers. I recommend you seek the representation of an workers compensation attorney.

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