I keep getting information that basically implies that I will need to act as my own attorney in a Worker's Comp case where after an MRI showed I would probably need surgery, the insurance company decided that I didn't get hurt at work.
Note: The employer has made statements to 3rd parties such as, "She probably hurt herself on purpose", "I'm not going to hurt myself financially just because she got hurt".
When I asked the employer to fill out the WC form the employer told me that she didn't have enough money to put into 'escrow' for the insurer and that my injury was going to cost her "a ton of money".
The insurance company is quick to send their own attorney to demand paperwork & deposition from me. I provided a 1hr+ recorded statement to the insurance company 2 months ago. <cont'd.>I asked a question earlier about why I can't find an attorney http://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/why-can-t-i-find-a-workers-comp-attorney---what-am-672492.html & it sounds like I have to proceed on my own. I have not filed a case with the WC Appeals Board, but the insurance company's attorney is sending documents to them anyway. I have not received copies of anything from the insurance company (video tape, statements from employer, transcripts of my recorded stmt, etc...) I have obtained my medical records and made an appt with a QME. As my own attorney, how will I proceed to get copies of all the stuff that the insurance company has collected (the information they are asking of me now is stuff they already have. In fact, they have records, transcripts and video that I do not have copies of. Should I hire a document preparer to help me proceed? Should I go before a judge as soon as possible? Or should I just do what the insurance company's attorney "tells me to do" -- I don't trust them.