Workers lawyer called her while in hospital for bilateral dvt's knee to hip and a pulmonary embolism in right lung. Worker was on dilaudid pain pump and worker explained she was alone and on medicine. Worker's lawyer threatened to drop her as client and report her to the board for not being easy to work with.
I'm am sorry to hear about the issues you are having with your case and representation. I would suggest you reach out to another comp attorney to discuss your case and possible next steps. Generally speaking a reopening can occur unless a settlement has taken place.
Comp cases are, as I am sure you are aware, complex and require ongoing communication between the attorney and the injured.
If you settled your case by filing an Agreement of Final Compromise & Settlement and the Commission approved the settlement, it would be very difficult if not impossible to undo the settlement. If you understood what you were signing, the Commission will not vacate the settlement even if you were on pain medicine.
If you have not settled your case, your case remains open and can be reopened to claim additional indemnity benefits within five years of the date of last payment of compensation for temporary total or permanency benefits. Your right to medical care would remain open for life. Contact an attorney if you are unsure whether it was settled because attorneys can access this information online.
I do not understand how your attorney threatened to report you to the "board". That does not make any sense to me.
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