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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Kentucky on

Q: Can my employer make me write book reports on safety as light duty work for a workers comp claim

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

A case came out on this VERY recently that suggests the answer is no, or at least that they may still have to pay you TTD. I have not written anything on that case yet, but this is the closest thing I have on my site:... Read more »

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Q: If I'm on workers compensation can I still work. I'm a sales rep for cable company and was wondering??

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

If you want to work, you can. You just won't get TTD and that will start the statute of limitation running. Check this out for more information: http://www.lawrencelaws.com/faqs/do-i-have-to-go-back-to-work-when-the-insurance-company-tells-me-to/

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Q: My dad was hurt on the job over 20 years ago. A WC doc said he could return to work!! They are terminating his pay! ??

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

There's not really a question being posed here, and there's not enough detail to give you any kind of answer. A WC doc said he could return to work yesterday, or 20 years ago?

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Q: Proof time is still open regarding your claim and attorneys are filing medical evidence at this time. What does this mea

What does this mean? My case is over a year old.

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

This simply means the case is ongoing and the attorneys are filing evidence with the court that they intend to use if your case has to be taken to final litigation before an Administrative Law Judge. Based on that very generic description, I'd say the attorneys are just doing their jobs.... Read more »

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Q: What is the statute of limitations for a workers comp claim? Please see details.

I was injured on the job/received medical care via workers comp. I saw a chiropractor for 25 visits. W/C stop paying and my condition is worse. accident Dec/Jan 2012. I was hit by a FEDEX truck in the parking lot of a FEDEX facility while using the employee crosswalk. The van driver was fired and... Read more »

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

You only have two years following the date of injury or the date of the last TTD payment, whichever is later. If you did not get TTD following an injury in January 2012, then your statute of limitations expired January 2014.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Kentucky on

Q: Hi, 1 surgery was done for rotator cuff tear, no improvement, doc says I need another surgery, but, he won't claim WC.

I had rotator cuff surgery 10 months ago, after PT and several injections of cortazone and steroids into my shoulder, It is still very painful. The doctor says that I need another surgery, however, he won't do it as a workers comp. insurance claim....what should I do now.

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

Get an attorney and - assuming the attorney thinks the injury and surgery is work related - the attorney will make the Comp carrier pay back the health insurance carrier.

Here is some more information on the Comp carrier's duty to pay medical bills:...
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Q: i had a workers comp,settelment and was given life time medical,but the insurance co,keeps taking me back to court

what i want to no is what are my rights on this matter,i see 2 doc,one is chiroptacer,one is family doc,i have one 3times,on chicoprtaer,now they are fighting me on my medicine,,,how many times can they do this and what can i do to stop this my lawyer wont help me,

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

Unfortunately, that is one way the Comp system is broken. The carrier can take you to court over and over again, but they don't have to pay for your costs and fees when you win. It is getting easier to find an attorney to represent you on these medical fee disputes because your attorney is... Read more »

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Q: Was injuryed on feb32014 was told i had to come work in the office or lose my job and insurance now im being told i have

to go to an off site place for interview background check ect to go to work can this happen

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

They are not allowed to force you back to work and threaten your job. If you have a Workers' Comp claim, and your doctor says you need to be off work or on light duty, then the employer cannot retaliate against you that way.

As for the interview, that sounds like a standard medical exam....
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Q: W/c judge approved my future medical coverage, employer still denied my needed surgery what's next?

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

You need an attorney to stop the employer from engaging in this bs behavior. Here's some information on how a medical fee dispute can not only make the employer pay for the surgery, but also possibly result in the employer getting fined:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on

Q: Worked out a loan modification thru our attorney and lender.Lender backed out at last minute. do we need a new attorney?

We had a balloon mortgage. it matured and the bank would not refinance. we filed bankruptcy to try to save our home. The lender came up with a proposal and we agreed. We had a phone conference to finalize everything and at that point the bank backed out. Our attorney had no clue this was going to... Read more »

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

Probably not. Lenders are ridiculously flaky like that. If you are in bankruptcy and making mortgage payments, then the automatic stay is protecting your home.

Here is some information about bankruptcy's effect on foreclosures:...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on

Q: I filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy todaycan my home be auctioned on the date which has been set for Apr 8th?

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

If the master commissioner had notice of your bankruptcy, then it should not have been sold. If the master commissioner did not get notice, then the sale may have occurred anyway. If that happened, then the sale is final and the home is lost. Hopefully you got notice to the master commissioner... Read more »

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Q: Can I see the complete docket that a company has filed in bankruptcy court such as professional retention

I want to see if my name is on the list for employment retention. How do I do that

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

Yes, a bankruptcy filing is public record. However, the employment retention information may not be filed with the court. It depends on the status of the case and the particular requirements for that court.

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on

Q: can a car lot come and take your lis. plates off your car if you put that car on your bankruptcy?

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

No. If you've filed bankruptcy, tell your attorney immediately. I think you can threaten them with an adversary action for violating the automatic stay.

Here is more information about the automatic stay: http://www.lawrencelaws.com/what-is-an-automatic-stay-and-how-does-it-affect-me/

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security for Kentucky on

Q: Where can I find a pro bono lawyer for SSD benefits in or near Paris KY

Just moved to North Middleton KY from upstate NY last week. My boyfriend has no income and has tried for SSD in NY and kept being denied. We would like to find a pro bono lawyer to handle his claim and get him his benefits as the only income we have is my SSD benefits; thus we cannot afford to hire... Read more »

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

Social Security Disability cases are handled by contingency fee only, so you never have to worry about paying as you go. Fees are 25% of the back due disability award up to $6,000.00. If you are intent on finding an attorney that doesn't get paid at all, my best guess is that you can go to legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on

Q: what is chapter 7

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Oct 15, 2014

That's a really broad question and I could talk your ear off for an hour giving you the answer.

Basically, a Chapter 7 is a bankruptcy where you discharge all your unsecured debt but do not get rid of secured or priority debt. It is possible to lose property in a Chapter 7 if the property...
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2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on

Q: Can a spouse file bankruptcy without the other spouse's consent or knowledge?

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Oct 15, 2014

If I understand your question to be: Can one spouse file a bankruptcy only for him- or her-self without the other spouse filing or knowing about it, then the answer is yes. Even when married, only one spouse needs to file. The other spouse is not part of the bankruptcy and the other spouse's... Read more »

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Q: hello i am 39 yrs old have severe degenerative disk disease lumbar (cane prescribed) p.t.s.d left leg is metal ,c.o.pd

i take klonopin,prozac,nuerontin,muscle relaxers 3 times a day and breating treatments 4 times a day..volteran for arthritus...seriquil at bedtime should i b eligeble for ssd benefits and what are my chances at the reconsideration level??

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

I would say your chances at the reconsideration level are poor, but your chances at the hearing level are pretty good. Please let me know if anyone at my office can give you more detail on what has to be proven, particularly when it comes to working a sedentary job.

Here is a website with...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Kentucky on

Q: Can you change attorneys in a car accident case if you have signed a contract with attorney and case has not been settle

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Nov 3, 2014

Absolutely. You have the right to hire or fire an attorney at any time, for any reason. If the attorney has done something wrong that led to the termination, they cannot collect a fee. If the attorney did not do something wrong, they may be entitled to a pro rata share of any fees.... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy for Kentucky on

Q: We have approximately $70,000 in unsecured debt. I want to file bankruptcy is there a cutoff on what you can make?

Justin Lee Lawrence answered on Oct 15, 2014

There is a cutoff to what you can make and still file a Chapter 7. If you want to completely eliminate unsecured debt, a Chapter 7 is the way to go. If you make too much, you will have to file a Chapter 13 bankruptcy and pay some or all of that debt depending on your monthly budget after... Read more »

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