Q: The Injury Info on a Supplemental Agreement for Compensation-Disability/Perm is wrong. Does this matter & should I sign?
I also received a Notice of Suspension or Modification but was taken back out of work by the doctor the same day this form was created. I have not challenged the Suspension due to receiving the new Supplemental Agreement for Compensation for Disability or Permanent Injury document the following week. Does the Supplemental Agreement cancel out the Suspension form? I only have 20 days to challenge the Suspension form. I'm not looking to make this more than it is or bring about a case if not necessary but need clarity. I would like the information to be correct before signing the Supplemental Agreement. I am back to work on modified duty and still under doctor's care.Thank you for your help.
A: You need to file an Answer to the Suspension just to protect yourself. Not having seen the Supplinental Agreement it would be difficult to give you the proper answer.
The Notice of Suspension or Modification has a section to complete and sign. You then then return the form per the instructions. This is called an Employee Challenge. To be on the safe side, you should definitely do so. Please understand that if you do not file the Employee Challenge correctly, it will not be properly processed, so you may want to obtain legal assistance.
As to the Supplemental Agreement, if it is fundamentally wrong you may want to contact the adjuster and request to have it changed or have it reviewed by an attorney. Even if you do not sign the Supplemental Agreement, so long as you are back out of work filing the Employee Challenge will result in an expedited hearing at which your benefits should be reinstated. I would again suggest that involving an attorney at this point would not be a bad idea since workers' compensation claims can become very complicated.
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