Injured on job 06/24/2011- went to urgent care. Face, hands, knees injured (did face plant, tripped on shop mat). Knee x-rayed, MRI, broken tip of plateau of knee.
Never missed work, never sent to physical therapy. Waited 6 months to hear from WC company, bills sent to collections WC never paid. Finally recieved rating of 9% for knee, 4% whole body. Worked fulltime up until Aug. Made $1019.00 weekly before taxes. No longer work for same company where injury accured.
Live in ColoradoMr. Lafferty, Thank you for your advice. One last question: based on my rating of 9% will I receive any money from this? I will find a lawyer to help with the medical bills situation settled.
Yes and No. Your recovery will ultimately be based upon the Whole Person Impairment of 4%, not the 9% knee impairment. That will also depend upon your WC Insurance knowing about, accepting, and paying your injury claim. You should hire a Colorado WC Attorney to clean things up,and get you the benefits that you may be entitled to.
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Most states allowed the injured worker to file for penalties against an employer for wrongfully denying, delaying or stopping benefits that are entitled. You indicate that WC "never paid" the medical bills. If that is the case, you should look for an experienced WC atty in your area to have him enforce your rights under the Workers Compensation laws of your state. Good luck.
Francis J. Lafferty, IV, Esquire Helping injured workers throughout Pennsylvania. [email protected] www.norlaflaw.com DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania and is personal in nature, not professional in nature. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.
As a general rule, I don't answer WC questions on AVVO because our firm defends too many claims and one day I may be against you. What I will say is that WC laws vary significantly from State to State and therefore you should take the out of state comments with a grain of salt. There are a number of very good WC attorneys for injured workers in Fort Collins and Greeley. Bob Ring, Regina Adams, Britton Morrell and Mike Kaplan just to name a few. All of these attorneys will work on a contingency fee basis and will give you good advise. The Colorado Division of Workers Compensation also maintains a list of WC attorneys. The Division also has information for injured workers if you choose to do it yourself. Call the Division and do it yourself, Call a Colorado WC attorney, but beware of out of state attorneys as the laws vary to much from state to state.
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