Workers' Compensation Questions & Answers by State

Workers' Compensation Questions & Answers

Q: I am receiving workers compensation and was wondering if I am able to sell payments like a personal injury settlement?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 13, 2015

Answered on Aug 3, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Talk to your worker's compensation attorney or go to the Georgia State Workers Compensation Board (google it) and ask the question. How are you going to live if you sell your payments?

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Q: Is there a possibility for my left shoulder pain as a result of my right shoulder pain injury and surgery on 3/27/2015?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on Jul 31, 2015

Answered on Aug 1, 2015

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Timothy Belt's answer
It is possible that over use of the left shoulder after the right shoulder surgery resulted in your current pain; however, to establish this you would need a medical opinion within a reasonable degree of medical certainty. Apparently your surgeon does not believe that there is a connection, so your only recourse if you want to establish this injury is to get a second opinion from another doctor.

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Q: A construction worker dropped a brick off a roof and onto my arm. Not broken. Lots of pain. Can't lift for work. Sue?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2015

Answered on Jul 31, 2015

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Timothy Belt's answer
Assuming that you were working and this was a coworker working for the same company, you would be confined to a workers' compensation claim. Workers' compensation in Pennsylvania does not pay for pain and suffering, but it does pay wage loss and medical bills. If the worker that dropped the brick was working for a different company, you may have a third party case against that company which may pay pain and suffering. Either way, your best bet is to sit down with an attorney and go over your...

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Q: If you have charges against you for theft by deception from a former employer can you still go after them for workman'sc

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on Jul 27, 2015

Answered on Jul 27, 2015

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Timothy Belt's answer
Yes, you can pursue such a claim, but it would seriously damage your overall credibility and make winning such a claim very difficult.

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Q: can the workers comp insurance company change the times of my paychecks without notifying me?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2015

Answered on Jul 26, 2015

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Timothy Belt's answer
Your wage loss checks are to be sent at the same intervals as your wages were received when you were still working. Obviously you have an attorney, so I would strongly suggest sitting down with him and obtaining a full explanation of what happened, how it happened, and alternatives to resolve the matter that do not involve your checks being withheld for a month.

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Q: Has Ga. stopped settling cases due to lack of funds on injury cases where a state employee was hurt at work?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jan 8, 2012

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Your wife should seek a second opinion from another workers compensation attorney; 6 years is a long time for a case to be pending and the state is not broke.

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Q: . Cant find light duty. Can I get comp $?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on May 7, 2014

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Most likely you will not have any recourse under GA law if the injury did not happen here. To make sure, however, it would be advisable that you contact a workers compensation attorney on the phone or in person (these consultations are usually free) and go through an intake process so that you know what your options are (either here and/or in TN) at this time.

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Q: I live in GA and have developed a repetitive stress injury, for which I am receiving treatment through workers comp

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Oct 10, 2011

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Yes, if you have not hired a workers compensation attorney to date, then it would be advisable to consult with an hire an attorney so that your rights are protected and so that you don't end up with a permanent injury or disability. It is not the employer's job to look out for your best interests nor the workers compensation insurance company so to be sure that you are being treated within your rights, you should seek competent legal counsel.

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Q: If a lawyer gives you a loan, but then doesn't work on your case, if the lawyers is fired, could he repay the loan from a workers comp. settlement?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Aug 25, 2012

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
The attorney can put a lien on the case for work that the attorney has performed on the case if you later fire that attorney and hire another attorney. As far as a loan, if you agreed that the loan would be repaid with the settlement proceeds, then possibly. An attorney doesn't usually loan money to a client. A medical professional might have a lien on the proceeds, and an attorney most certainly can put a lien on the proceeds for work performed, but without understanding the nature of this...

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Q: My injury occur last year while working in a staffing agency I'm in pain again try to open the old claim and was denied

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 21, 2014

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
To make sure that you know all of your options, you should consult with a workers compensation attorney either on the phone or in person (these consultations are usually free) and have an intake interview so that you know all of your options at this time. Initial denial of your claim does not necessarily mean that you don't have a claim so if you haven't hired legal counsel at this point and this is something that you can and want to pursue, then you should not delay in speaking with an...

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Q: Can I pursue workmans comp case e en if its been 3 years

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 27, 2014

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
In order to have a solid answer to your question, even though the statute of limitations is usually straightforward there may be exceptions, you should consult with a workers compensation attorney either on the phone or in the office (these consultations are usually free) and have an intake interview so that you know your options at this time.

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Q: Is my employer breaking the law?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Aug 27, 2014

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
There may be some adjustments to your job duties due to the injury. So that you have the best chance of being treated fairly during this entire process, you should hire a workers compensation attorney to represent you or you may be taken advantage of and your rights may or may not be protected.

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Q: If I was on worker's comp and I was harassed and later fired for mistakes I didn't make. Can I sue for being harassed.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Sep 4, 2014

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If you have not retained a workers' compensation attorney yet, then that should be your next step and don't wait any longer if possible.

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Q: I was going to settle claim with WC. Dr. examined and said I need additional surgery. What happens now?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 10, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
The best thing for you to do is to consult with a workers compensation attorney over the phone or in person (the consultation is usually free) and go through an intake process so that you are advised of your options at this time.

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Q: Will i recieve a ppd rating for spinal and lumbar stenosis in the state of georgia?

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 18, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
The answer will best come from your practitioner, but the injury sounds bad enough that you may end up with a disability rating as a result.

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Q: I was injured and had surgery all covered by workers compensation, but now I need to leave.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on Jul 24, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Timothy Belt's answer
Leaving your employment alone will not terminate your right to medical benefits. It will impact your potential right to wage loss benefits, and if you do return to work at another employer in the future, it is possible the insurance career may try to blame the new employer for any ongoing problems. If you have not already done so, you should consult with an attorney as to how to handle the details in ending this employment to minimize any potential negative impact to your claim.

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Q: What can I do if get hit by a coworker

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida on Jul 24, 2015

Answered on Jul 25, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Hitting someone is a crime, report the crime to the police.

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Q: I have been receiving injections for lumbar herniation and thoracic herniation....

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 16, 2015

Answered on Jul 17, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
If you don't already, then you need to seek the advice of a competent Worker's Compensation attorney to answer all of these questions and make sure that you are following the proper procedures and so that you receive the proper treatment so that hopefully you are well soon.

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Q: I been receiving wc for 5yrs...can I settle with workman's comp

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on Jul 17, 2015

Answered on Jul 17, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Most likely you can, but you should consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney first so that you don't give away valuable rights and benefits. Better to be safe than sorry.

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Q: compensating for the pain

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Pennsylvania on Jul 16, 2015

Answered on Jul 16, 2015

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Timothy Belt's answer
It is unlikely that the workers' compensation carrier will voluntarily assume responsibility for the other arm. If you have a medical opinion within a reasonable degree of medical certainty that the new complaints are as a result of overuse arising from the first injury, you may be able to pursue a petition to review the description of your injury.

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