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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New Jersey on
Q: I was injured at work January 2020 and went back to work October how long before insurance company makes an offer.
Tim Rose
Tim Rose answered on May 9, 2021

It depends greatly on what you mean by 'offer'. Did they pay you for the time off work? Did they cover your medical bills? did you suffer any permanent disability? Did you report the injury at all?

A consultation with a workers comp attorney in your area is required to assure that...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Arkansas on
Q: Got hurt at work I am a medical marijuana patient can I get fired
Chris W. Burks
Chris W. Burks answered on May 8, 2021

Thanks and you cannot be fired simply for being a medical marijuana patient if you are in a position that hasn’t been designated as safety sensitive. In other words, if the type of job you do hasn’t been listed in writing as no medical marijuana because it is safety sensitive, an employer... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Civil Rights and Sexual Harassment for Pennsylvania on
Q: Verbal and sexual harassment at a union job. Terminated after filing sexual harassment complaint.

Here are a few bullet points of what occurred:

1. Verbal & Sexual Harassment

2. Unpaid hours every week due to archaic system; and I can’t prove it since I was told to report hours worked to management, who didn’t consistently report my time to payroll.

3. Vehicle... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 6, 2021

In regard to bullet point 4 only, assuming you reported the injury within 120 days, and a period of less than 3 years has past since the date of injury, you may still have a claim for workers' compensation benefits which may provide payment of medical as well as wage loss benefits despite your... Read more »

Q: I’m a teacher, and the administration gave out my number to a student without my permission. What should I do?

The student contacted me and I blocked them right away.

Joel Friedman
Joel Friedman answered on May 2, 2021

My practice is limited work injury cases, a specific part of employment law. Your concern appears to be an issue of employment privacy and it is not something I am able to provide advice. I suggest you look for an attorney whose practice is more directly employment law, if you do not hear back... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: work injury took 17 days before management gave me a form for an accident report

first I was told to go to an urgent care the following week even though my supervisor saw the incident happen and was not told to report it, paid out of pocket, then from there the doc report said it was WC said work but has to follow with occupational doc, never heard from WC until she called to... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 1, 2021

Assuming your employer is not self insured and has actual insurance, the change in ownership will not change the carrier's obligation to make proper payment for an accepted claim. Whether or not this is an accepted claim is a different question. It sounds like the employer and possibly the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Texas on
Q: What can be done in this situation?

My brother in law works for a landscaping company. His boss forced him to go up in a tree near a power line in strong wind and he got electrocuted and fell 14 feet. Before going up, he showed his boss what was happening and made sure the hazards were known because they don't have any... Read more »

Daniel John Christensen
Daniel John Christensen answered on Apr 29, 2021

Yes, the employee has a claim against his boss, assuming his boss is not a subscriber to worker’s compensation insurance. The person should contact a Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney as soon as possible for a free consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: How long does it take to set up a WCMSA with medicare? Will it take months before I know something?
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 29, 2021

If the question you mean to ask is how long does it take to get approval for an MSA, the answer is that it depends how you go about it. If you have the ability and resources to do it yourself, it is possible to get approval in 45 to 60 days. If you use a third-party provider, it could take 6 to 9... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for North Carolina on
Q: As a NC business owner currently involved in a work comp claim, can the carrier's defense council legally threaten...

not to settle my current claim if I renew my WC policy w/ them now that it's up for renewal. They no longer want to insure my company. Can't find another carrier because of my open claim. My attorney doesn't seem to know the answer.

David Gantt
David Gantt answered on Apr 28, 2021

While I would not be comfortable directly answering your question while you have legal counsel, I will suggest you contact NC Department of Insurance 1-855-408-1212; www.ncdoi.gov for a response to the obvious conflicts of interest here.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: if on STD and HR calls and says someone one saw you at the hotel you stay at while working is that legal? I had a stroke

Called once to see how I was than immediately called back stating someone saw me and explain

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 27, 2021

It could depend on the timeline and the severity. And those are things that a physician, not an attorney, is qualified to speak about meaningfully. The fact that you were at a hotel, in and of itself, is not evidence of the absence of a disability. Your post remains open for two weeks. Consider... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Texas on
Q: I work for Walmart and had an injury at work and the Walmart doctor says it’s arthritis ,im in a lot of pain .

And there is something wrong with my legs and my knees

S. Michael Graham
S. Michael Graham answered on Apr 26, 2021

Walmart does not carry traditional workers' comp through the Texas Dept of Insurance. They hand pick the doctors you will have to see. As a result, the doctors will usually tell you your injury is an age related issue. If you were injured as a result of negligence on the part of Walmart, then... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: Workmen comp case hurt at work ,have 4 bulging disc

Making me clock out for therapy. I live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey. On light duty but not really light duty. On a hour restriction but still seem to be working over 8 hours a day

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Apr 22, 2021

For a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim, your employer can require you to obtain treatment outside of working hours, if treatment is available outside of working hours. If treatment can only be received within working hours, you may be required to punch out, but you may have a claim for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Does salary non exempt allow employers to pay unfair/uneven wages for same job title and description

I have worked here for 5 years in QA department, have had many meetings with PM, HR and my manager about pay. They state merits are the same across the board, take it or leave it. On production floor they are hourly, have a top out rate on pay after 2 years(literally ppl after 2 years make more... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 21, 2021

While your situation seems unfair, the only federal laws governing the payment of wages are minimum wage and overtime laws (if you're paid by the hour and work over 40 hours per week). So, as long as your pay is at or above minimum wage, your employer's pay system is not unlawful.

2 Answers | Asked in Business Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: I have a small solar business. My workers are on 1099, I am the only one on payroll.

One of my workers filed for unemployment last year. the unemployment office penalized me for total $1655 for unpaid tax for October - December 2018. again, clearly I had nobody on payroll on 2018. can they do that?

Ernest Charles Payne Jr
Ernest Charles Payne Jr answered on Apr 19, 2021

Assuming your business is operating in California, it is very likely you are violating the law by employing your workers as independent contractors. Look at AB5 (Assembly Bill 5) that went into effect 1/1/2020. If you’re not treating them as employees, and paying payroll taxes, WC insurance,... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice for Pennsylvania on
Q: Workmen comp case hurt at work ,have 4 bulging disc

Making me clock out for therapy. I live in Pennsylvania but work in New Jersey. On light duty but not really light duty. On a hour restriction but still seem to be working over 8 hours a day

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Apr 18, 2021

For a Pennsylvania workers' compensation claim, your employer can require you to obtain treatment outside of working hours, if treatment is available outside of working hours. If treatment can only be received within working hours, you may be required to punch out, but you may have a claim... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Indiana on
Q: Do you have to sign medical history consent to be paid work comp benefits?

I injured my shoulder, never injured before. MRI shows tear, company has suspended my family insurance, work comp insurance pressuring to gain authorization to investigate past medical history or possible denial of claim, their words in print. I'm not sure how to proceed. Work for biggest... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Apr 12, 2021

The WC carrier has a right to your current medical records. Why do you care if they access your past medical records? They are of no use to the carrier if they are unrelated to your work injury and the carrier has a duty to protect them. In Indiana, the Workers' Compensation carrier has an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation on
Q: How much money can I be compensated for the loss of my all toes
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 5, 2021

A workers' comp attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for four weeks. But given the brief description, and without knowing the disposition of your claim (or whether you have a pending claim), even a WC attorney would have a difficult time offering meaningful input based on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: I was hurt at wrk a while ago had a comp case w a crappy lawyer.. my x employer forced me to wrk injured for 3 month

Then they told comp.. the Ime did doctor hurt me and my lawyer at the time did nothing to help me

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 2, 2021

One option is to repost under Workers' Compensation here. There's no guarantee that all posts are picked up, but a workers' comp attorney probably wouldn't be able offer very much guidance based on these brief facts. Another option is to reach out to workers' comp attorneys... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on
Q: question: the workers compensation judge made a favorable decision for me. what should happen in my case now. are ther
Richard Alan Jaffe
Richard Alan Jaffe answered on Mar 25, 2021

I am assuming based on your question that you are already represented by an Attorney, therefor I believe this question should be posed to your Attorney who would be in the best position to answer same.

Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for North Carolina on
Q: My former boss is trying to make me pay for being taken back to my car when I quit

My former employer is telling me I have to pay for the gas, time and usage of a company truck to take me to my car because I quit on a job site

Ina Shtukar
Ina Shtukar answered on Mar 25, 2021

This is not a workers' comp question, but employment law instead. The answer will depend on the arrangement you had with your employer in regard to the use of the company vehicle. Were you given a company vehicle to drive? Did you also get a gas card? Were you allowed to take the vehicle to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Small Claims and Workers' Compensation for Texas on
Q: sue for not pay work comp from walmart

Walmart claim denied for my injury from work on paper dept. they did not find any evidence of my injury so I want to sue them

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Mar 24, 2021

This does not sound like an employment law-related matter. You should contact an attorney in your area who practices workers' compensation law to discuss your options.

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