Definitely consult with a workers' compensation attorney to protect yourself.
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Assuming your physician is who you selected( and not by the employer) , and that your physician fully understands the actual work that you perform, and assuming your doctor fully appreciates your pain and recovery, I would recommend you obtain a consultation with a workers comp attorney. Find one on Avvo.com
No one here can give you advice how to handle the situation without knowing more specifics. You should consult a Tennessee workers' compensation attorney.
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Generally speaking you should always get an Attorney because the insurance company will always have one on their side representing their interests so you are better off with a knowledgeable party doing the same for you. I am not familiar with NC workers' comp law, but in NY even though you are going back to work you would be entitled to what is called a SLU award (schedule loss of use) which is a sum of money that is equivalent to a number of years in payments correspondent to the percentage loss of use of your shoulder less any wage payments the Carrier made to you while you were out of work. There is also an issue of PHP, which is if you were paid at the total rate for more than the PHP weeks for your type of injury (in NY for the shoulder it's 32) any weeks in excess of that are added to the SLU weeks you were originally given. So you would be better off with an Attorney who can coach you through this and make sure you get as much as you deserve under the law.
I always tell people if the insurance company pays everything and you return to work full time then try to avoid getting an attorney so you can keep working at your job earning a living and everyone is happy. However, if you end up not being able to work or if the Employer will not accommodate your work restrictions. If the insurance company nurse case manager is giving you a hard time, if the insurance company is denying medical benefits, then definitely get an attorney.
You do need to consult with an attorney. The facts of your case are crucial to a correct answer.It is not possible for you to provide all those important facts in a written question in your particular situation. In Tennessee, workers' compensation cases are almost always based on contingent fees. The attorney lwould likely not charge you for the time that you spend with the lawyer to discuss those crucial facts.
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