I was recently diagnosed with depression which I think has been caused to chronic no lunch breaks at work , work stress from being understaffed but I call legal offices and only get as far as talking with the receptionists that do intakes who tell me to write email to HR but I feel I need help with... View More
First you must have a medical opinion that your depression is related to work and because of this you need an accommodation. Once a physician makes such a finding, then the report is in itself a request for accommodation.
In your reasonable accommodation letter, you should provide all the...View More
I posted other question RE if WC lawyers lying about work/files/appointments not done is just the norm, & how I feel trapped by new 2nd lawyer I took on after 1st lawyer also lied about what was done/not done. I now think I should've just stayed w/ 1st lawyer, b/c new 2nd attny did huge... View More
The fact is you are not going to be able to get a third attorney because you will be asking the attorney to accept a case where fees are split three ways. Nobody in their right mind is going to jump into your case for a third of the pie, especially with a disgruntled client. You state in this...View More
I injured my arm at work 7 months ago and immediately reported it. 6 months ago, I signed the authorization to release records pertaining to my injuries. I’ve asked my claims adjuster 3x for a copy of those records, which I’m entitled to, and each time he said he’d send them to me, but I... View More
yes, but there may be some issues because you are filing late and there is a statute of limitations for unemployment benefits. It the statute has run, then you are barred from receiving benefits though you can probably apply on-line.
Normally to receive WC benefits you must attest that you...View More
You need to be careful here. The law says if your son is already being paid for providing care giving services before they were authorized, then the carrier is not required to pay him to continue what he was already doing. The carrier has the option, so you might want to look into other options...View More
She told me this week that they found the right insurance and just now filed a claim, I have been waiting almost a year, there was even a hearing and I was told the other party never showed up. I don't know who they filed the first claim with but it seems to me that the whole process is... View More
I am in agreement with Mr. Fazzi. If your attorney served the employer with the Application and supporting materials with a proof of service, there should be no issue with the insurance carrier because the employer has a duty to notify its insurance carrier that a claim has been filed. As for...View More
I was making $1,000 a week and injured. The insurance started paying me $666.67 per week indemnity. 2/3rds. The following year a 13% cola was passed based on the SAWW. State Average Weekly Wage. Paying me the additional 13% would pass the original 66 2/3rds % Is the COLA allowed? Or is... View More
No. No increases recalculations are done until after two years. You are asking about one year. There are exceptions. If you are not represented you can speak to the Information and Assistance officer or see an experienced attorney.
There is a statutory maximum I know that cannot be passed. But what about an amount due to cola that passes 66.66% but is still below or at the maximum for the state. (California) This scenario is for a High wage earner pre 2003 accident where no 104 week cap exists for TTD. Is 66.66% ever... View More
Important due to natures of injuries the right confidence in the lawyer is very important. Not looking for mill type of style. Someone who still answers their phone and takes time to see if they can manage this type of case. After ten months more injuries getting discovered. Going to behavioral... View More
Some of the matters being settled include: wages, employment, serious & willful misconduct, and discrimination (LC 132a), does this mean resignation? How can I tell if resignation is part of the C&R? Thanks.
The insurance company sent letter challenging their own doctor's latest diagnosis and asking for QME. They have also stopped the biweekly payments abruptly which they did not even mention in their letter. I complied with the QME procedures which might take months to fully take its course and... View More
The QME has exceeded the scope of the evaluation as QMEs no longer control medical treatment. If your treating physician asked for an epidural, then the carrier needs to send the request through UR and IMR. I say this because an epidural is not a diagnostic, but treatment. Rest assured the carrier...View More
I received a call from my attorney over a month ago saying that EDD wants to take a portion of my settlement to cover what they paid me in SDI benefits. My attorney said that I cannot be paid until this issue is resolved. It's a bummer but if I have to pay, it is what it is. My concern is, my... View More
It's EDD, is a state agency that was overwhelmed before the Pandemic and has never caught up. At least you are not being evicted. I have a client who had everything resolved with EDD about three weeks ago, but the paperwork still has not gone through. He has until Sunday to pay five months...View More
2 yrs ago in May 2020 .I settled my work comp case with a compromise and release. I was a a housekeeper at a care center on light duty do to an injury. Now 2 yrs later I've tried going back to work but not able to hold a job due to severe pain in my Right shoulder where I had surgery. Since... View More
Within 5 years of the date of injury the court has more authority than after due to LC 5410. However, if you reopen your claim, are you prepared to pay back defendants the money they paid in good faith to settle the case? If not, then the answer is no.
Surgeon had me transitioning back into my reg 12 hour shift starting at 6 hours which was to end after 2 weeks and my last day before I was restriction free I was struck from behind by a forklift with a full rack(load) I landed on my just repaired knee and elbow it was so scary and besides feeling... View More
Yes this should be considered a new injury. You should file a DWC-1. What is important here is that a new injury will reset the 104 week cap on TTD benefits if you can establish some additional injury from the incident. Yes, the TTD for this new claim should have a higher TTD rate than the 2020...View More
In March 2022, I contacted my lawyer who rep my case and the insurance company to get medical help with my injured back from 2003 and 2005. My rep has been inconsistence in returning my calls and/or not returning my request for medical advice. The one response I received from my lawyer was... View More
what I do in these older cases when I have medical treatment issues is as follows.
1) Document all doctor visits. If there is no treatment for some time request an appointment with the doctor in writing. Document the response. If the doctor is no longer in practice, go back to the MPN and...View More
I regret to say that your question cannot be answered without more information. The obvious explanation is that defendants are paying a remainder of permanent disability in a lump sum of $3480 and about $16,000 to close out future medical treatment, but again I cannot say without more information.
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