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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: Insurance while on workmen’s comp

My wife has a medical insurance thru her job that covers all the members of our family. If she is currently on workmen’s comp due to her work related injury, do the rest of our family continue to have medical coverage? Or does it stops while she is on workmen’s comp? Thanks in advance

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 29, 2021

She should check with her workers' comp attorney and your family's private insurance carrier to be certain, but your question remains open for almost a week. Under normal circumstances, your family's private insurance coverage should not be suspended as a result of a workers'... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Massachusetts on
Q: I'm on 34A in Massachusetts and my adjuster refuse to pay me is this legal
Michael Levin
Michael Levin answered on Jul 27, 2021

This is a little difficult to answer without a little more context. Generally speaking, 34A benefits could not be stopped without permission to do so from the Dept. of Industrial Accidents. However, there are a few circumstances where they may be permitted to stop. For example, if you settled... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law, Personal Injury, Traffic Tickets and Workers' Compensation for Minnesota on
Q: MN Statute 169.18(8)(a) - I need an affordable lawyer who can help me on this traffic citation please.

On July 18th I was cited for following a car too close as he was turning right in front of me on a 35E exit to pilot knob road which is a two-lane road. MN Statute 169.18(8)(a) I did end up closer to the vehicle than I, myself, would have preferred since the front car slowed to turn much more than... Read more »

Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson answered on Jul 20, 2021

The effect that this might have on your insurance rates depends on your prior driving record and your insurance company. There is no mechanism for tickets automatically coming off of your driving record absent some type of agreement with the prosecutor. I don’t necessarily expect it to affect a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Is there a law stating the max attorney fees for workers comp cases in CA? I've read 15% one lawyer is asking 18%
Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jul 19, 2021

The Labor Code just says 'reasonable' which is as clear as mud. The FEE DISCLOSURE FORM you signed at the outset says 9-12%. The WCAB Judges regularly award 15%. The judges in MARINA DEL REY award 18% because the rent is so much higher around that region. But it's just... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Immigration Law and Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: employer asking me to pay him money for my H1B visa transfer

Employer didnt find me a project for 5 months. He didnt pay me salary and is asking me to pay for the one month salary paid during the no work period, H1B transfer. He is threatening to collect it from my reference person incase I fail to pay.

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jul 14, 2021

Well, this seems like a questionable action, but you appear to have fallen out of status. This appears to be a less than bona fide employer. There is outstanding salary that you are entitled to, but you will have to file a complaint with the Department of Labor.

Your decision to remain...
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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Connecticut on
Q: I I've in ct and got hurt on June 29,2021and I'm still out of work. I have a lumbar displacement in lower back. Case?

They have not returned my calls . I called twice. I going to physical therapy right now that they set up but still in I have a case?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Jul 14, 2021

You do not provide enough facts to answer this question, but if you were injured on the job, then you need to consult with a worker's comp attorney in your state. If you were injured due to the negligence or fault of someone else or something in the custody or control of someone else, then... Read more »

Q: The Worker's Compensation Atterney I hired settled my PD claim w/o my consent

I told him no i wanted full disclosure of my claim and need to ask the judge for some of my $125,642 award i was put as permanet and stationary way to early by my PTP when still getting my right hand,fingers,thumb,wrist from pulling radial nerve out of my bicept from jobsite fall ,and my back and... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 13, 2021

You have not asked a question.

This Q&A board is not a place to solicit an attorney to work for you. It is a place to get general legal guidance.

Speak to your attorney about this. You cannot be forced to sign a settlement that you do not agree with. However before you walk...
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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Medical Malpractice for Texas on
Q: Got ran over by a garbage truck!

What can I do? I got ran over by a garbage truck December-11-2020. Stayed overnight at the hospital. The E.R. Doctors sent me home the next day. Workers compensation doctors had me do therapy and they let my foot healed improperly. I was forced to walk on my foot for months with it like that until... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 9, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for three weeks. The doctors who sent you home might argue that their decision was a sound one based on findings of a physical examination, x-rays, CTs, or other medical evidence available at the time they formulated their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for Georgia on
Q: I was on medical leave from some time in May to sometime in June for heart problems that have developed recently.

I was on medical leave from some time in May to sometime in June for heart problems that have developed recently. I got an email today stating that my job was taking action to bring my termination request up at the next board meeting due to not returning to my job within the school system. I have... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 30, 2021

You should follow your employer's instruction to call them if they have requested you do so. You should explain that your medical absence has been approved by the Director and provide your estimated return to work date. Additional information is needed to analyze whether you would have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and DUI / DWI for Florida on
Q: If Recklessness falls into intentional tort, can you sue your employer if you already accepted workers compensation?

There’s ways to get around Workers Comp. If you can prove your case. Are you able to pursue a regular lawsuit instead of settling for worker’s compensation if the driver of the vehicle drug test came back positive for cocaine?

Gregory C. Maaswinkel
Gregory C. Maaswinkel answered on Jun 28, 2021

For purposes of this answer I am assuming that the driver that tested positive for cocaine was a coworker for the same company that you are employed with. In some instances you may be able to get around worker compensation immunity if the cocaine use caused the accident. If you did not actively... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Construction Law for Alabama on
Q: Should I sue for workmanship comp settlement.

I was doing commercial construcvetion and a scaffold that wasnt put together correctly, by someone else collapsed while I was on it. I had to have a plate put in my clavicle, and had problems walking for months because of my sciatic nerve, had to rehab for it. They paid my weekly payment until I... Read more »

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell answered on Jun 25, 2021

Thanks for the question. You actually may have two possible cases. You certainly have a workers compensation case. You also may have what is commonly called a third-party case against the company that installed the scaffolding. In Alabama, you typically cannot sue your own employer or co-workers... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Civil Rights on
Q: I have been diagnosed with severe depression. The Insurance company calling and asking me questions. Is it legal?

I have short and long term disability insurance with LifeWorks. They were calling me to ask: what drags do I take, do I have a consular, what am I doing during the day, what I am feeling. When I told them that I am going to record the conversation ( because it felt like intimidation) they told to... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 24, 2021

Your post covers a range of categories, and it does not include a state or region. Based on the coverage you mention, it sounds like you could be talking about a disability claim. Meaningfully advising you on these questions might be beyond the brief format of this Q & A Board. You should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Constitutional Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I use for work comp as long as medical is open? Even if it's been over 2 years?

It's been just over 2 years, but medical is still open, they offered 1000 and was gonna keep medical open but I didnt take money

Jeffrey G. Blackwell
Jeffrey G. Blackwell answered on Jun 23, 2021

The short answer, is yes. Medical benefits are not currently subject to the two year statute of limitations. They are legally available for the remainder of your life. If you are still suffering problems from your accident and injury, you should seek medical care as soon as possible. Keep in mind,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: Can we claim the price/usage increase compared to our average electric bill?

My husband broke his right ankle at work. He is now home 24/7. Our electric bill has gone up because he is home.

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jun 21, 2021

Sadly, no! There is nothing in the Labor Code that requires the Employer or INsurer to pay for the increase in residential electricity during periods of Temporary Disability. The Labor Code only requires payment for 'reasonable' treatment (which includes mileage reimbursement to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: When do I start getting PPD?

My last appointment where my MD told me I was at MMI was 13 days ago. I have heard nothing from him or my WC company. I looked online and it says that my return to work day was 12 days ago. When are they required to pay me my PPD in California (I thought it was 14 days)? I called the MD office... Read more »

Nancy J. Wallace
Nancy J. Wallace answered on Jun 9, 2021

if you went to a doctor 'in bed' with the insurance adjuster, he may be writing you have ZERO rateable Whole Person Impairment from this injury. I set a trial for one just like that today...the treating physician said the worker had permanent restrictions from her injury but no... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for California on
Q: a corrupt doctor had my supportive care ended, the lawyer and insurance co were complicit ! I have documentation please

Please help, the attorney made false pleadings to the judges, the doctor did not even see me for 10 minutes and never examined me.

the recent laws changed helped them to squash my pleadings. I've gone as far as I can . they made so many lies that can be proven with electronic files.... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021




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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Tennessee on
Q: do I have a lawsuit?

my company has allowed an employee for years to be a tyrant among other employees without reprimanding her. Company policy states its zero tolerance to violence. With management taking the necessary steps they suppose to take I fell victim to this war path. she physically attacked and as result... Read more »

Jonathan William Doolan
Jonathan William Doolan answered on Jun 7, 2021

You have several claims, depending on the size of your employer, where the assault occurred, and the circumstances for your not being able to work. I would strongly suggest that you contact an attorney who handles workers' compensation and employment law cases. Generally they offer free... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for South Carolina on
Q: I've had to have 2 surgeries on my leg from my injury the owner of the company is who caused it does that help my case

I was rushed to the trama center and put into emergency surgery

Jeffrey David Morris
Jeffrey David Morris answered on Jun 7, 2021

South Carolina workers compensation is a no fault system. Therefore, the fact that your boss caused your injury does not help or hurt your case. Having had two surgeries already, you need to consult with a South Carolina workers compensation injury attorney ASAP. You are going to be out of work for... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Contracts, Workers' Compensation and Public Benefits for California on
Q: I am the vendor in a bankruptcy case and the pay out was to commence on 2021/25/05, and the judge approved my paperwork.

Sent in claims paperwork and it was accepted and the asking of the funds was on the 25th to cover the prior court date asking amount.

Tristan Brown
Tristan Brown answered on Jun 3, 2021


Given the information provided, I am unable to determine what information you are seeking. Please provide some additional information if you are seeking an answer or solution on this forum.

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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Maryland on
Q: How long before an emergency hearing will be held in Maryland for work comp after filing
Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr answered on Jun 3, 2021

When an attorney requests an emergency hearing, the Workers' Compensation Commission must first decide whether to grant it. If it is granted, the hearing will usually take place in 30-60 days, but it varies.

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