I suffered a serious back injury and filed a claim for Workers Compensation. I retained an attorney whom I like and respect and I also have a very ATP who is anticipates a permanent disability and will soon rate me out accordingly; however, I have received many calls from the adjustor to settle although my counsel has entered an appearance and they have acknowledged this. My counsel grows very impatient with me about questions & recently gave me a blank medical release which I felt was reasonable to inquire about. My ATP, who is helping me and whom the attorney referred me too is upset to the point of cursing that he has not been paid since April. What are your impressions?The ATP is very good and operating outside the network. Also, my specialist is pretty good and is helping me as well and hasn't been paid. Moreover, even the instance health care providers, some of which worked with me for some time and were helpful and compassionate, asked me to request that my lawyer take legal action to stop turn adjustor from calling their office to " trick" them into releasing medical records about me to the insurer. My counsel said he wasn't really concerned about this. Perhaps, he is very confident given his experience. I attended law school and would not appreciate an adjustor trying to contact my client after they acknowledged my apearance. Perhaps I'm over-reacting?
First, the adjuster should not be calling you since you have a lawyer. Make an appointment to see your lawyer in person. Please tell your lawyer about the adjuster's calls so he can make that stop. Do not talk to the adjuster. Secondly, tell your lawyer that the doctor has not been paid. The lawyer should be able to get that problem fixed. Third, if you talk to your lawyer about these things a he does nothing about either situation, then you may need to look for a more diligent lawyer. But give him a couple weeks to work on it.
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1. Your attorney needs a blank authorization to secure your medical records
2. If you were my client and you spoke to an adjuster, we would sever our relationship
3. I have no idea what an ATP is but if it is local shorthand for neurosurgeon or orthopaedic surgeon, what is your attorney doing about paying him/her?
4. If you think you will be declared disabled because a GP says so, think again. You will be sent to an IME that will say you are ready for the decathalon.
5. You NEED to sit down with your attorney and gain a fundamental understanding of the process which is MUCH longer and more complex than you perceive.
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Your adjuster is prohibited from contacting you if your atty has entered an appearance I would find that highly objectionable
I suggest you contact your atty and have a face to face appt to discuss your concerns.
I would not be concerned with the release. It is needed to get records or to speak to your dr
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