Q: . In February. I hired workman's comp attorney. I got incarcerated 2/28
Was scheduled. To see specialist to discuss possibility. Of having. Back surgery I missed apt.3/4 du e to being sentenced to 6m. state jail.May attorney. Relieved self from my case. In july 19 i was released. Trying took pick back up with treatment for injury have hearing for benifit review. Conf.&existence. Of compensable injury sept 12 any advice
A: Yes, either hire another lawyer or seek help from a DWC ombudsman. It would help with hiring a lawyer if you request a waiver of any fees owed from your previous lawyer because if another lawyer is hired, your previous lawyer is paid first. Also, even though an ombudsman's "assistance" is free, most are not lawyers and are only obligated to assist you (only required to meet with you for 15 minutes prior to hearing) because they do not represent you. I have actually helped to train some ombudsmen so do not get me wrong, many are very good. But even DWC stats indicate IWs with a lawyer wins more frequently. Good luck.
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