What role does the independent doctor have as far as determining liability?
answered on May 23, 2023
Medical records are EVERYTHING in a workers' comp case! They provide nearly all the confirmation that an event occurred that caused an injury, the proposed course of treatment, and the expected outcome of that treatment. With that information, both the Dept. of Industrial Accidents (the... Read more »
i work in retail and was assaulted by a customer in july. i submitted a workers comp request and was out of work for 10 days (ER excused 7). i still have not gotten paid for those days. what do i do next
answered on Jan 8, 2023
The short answer is yes, you can still get your benefits after 6 mos. The longer answer is that in Massachusetts, unless you are out of work for more than 21 days, then the first 5 days are unpaid. However, you could have been paid for the next 5 days after that, assuming you were out because of... Read more »
My attorney never obtained my medical records and failed to present them to the DIA.
I had one provider fax mental health records, faxed and confirmed. He failed to submit these as well.
All of my providers have written sworn affidavits and letters confirming my allegation.... Read more »
answered on May 23, 2023
I'm sorry, but I can't answer your question. Generally speaking, all medical records should come forward. I have no idea why your existing attorney didn't get your records for you. Two possibilities come to mind, but they are just off the cuff guesses. One is that the insurance... Read more »
Witness for injured person
answered on Apr 12, 2022
Great question. No, the IME doctor is there to do an exam and send their report to the workers
comp. insurance. That's it. You have the right to have a witness with you. The doctor has no right to see what the witness writes down. Whether those notes would be admissible in... Read more »
answered on Mar 28, 2022
The answer is: sort of. Workers' comp insurance is rated first and foremost on a percentage of the wages paid to the employer's workers. Assuming there are no work incidents, that's all they really have to work with. However, once an incident occurs, the insurance company will... Read more »
I suffered a work injury in 2019. I've just now been assigned a Nurse Case Manager two years later.
answered on Jan 4, 2022
In short, no, you don't have to work with an NCM. You can politely tell them thank you, but no thank you. If you're going to go that route, you should also make sure your doctors are aware that you don't want them communicating with the NCM either.
That said, NCM's... Read more »
Hi! I am a former UPS driver who was terminated after an employee accused me of drinking alcohol in the UPS truck and "acting drunk". The police were called and I passed a field sobriety test. My manager required me to submit to a "drug and alcohol test" although when I went... Read more »
answered on Dec 22, 2021
Generally speaking, an employer can always require a drug test. However, your question appears under the heading of "workers' compensation," which only deals with workplace injuries. It belongs under the heading of "employment law," and I will defer to experts in that... Read more »
answered on Jul 27, 2021
This is a little difficult to answer without a little more context. Generally speaking, 34A benefits could not be stopped without permission to do so from the Dept. of Industrial Accidents. However, there are a few circumstances where they may be permitted to stop. For example, if you settled... Read more »
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