Thomas, can you help anyone who calls you for legal representation for their injury case?
If we accept your case we know your case, everything about it, nothing slipping by us, we read all documents we are totally familiar with your medical treatment.
Studies suggest that the holiday season can be a challenging time for the body and mind. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in 2017, around 18,100 people visited emergency rooms as a result of holiday decorating-related injuries. In 2018, PBS NewsHour shared a poll they conducted which showed that a third of U.S. adults say the holidays stress them out.
For many people, the holidays really are are “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for others, it’s not all hot chocolate and snow angels. Depression, anxiety, and even suicide tend to rise during the holiday season, and if mental health issues in yourself or a loved one come to the fore, resources are available. And, even those not struggling with mental health can find that back pain and spine conditions can really put a damper on that holiday spirit.
To get quality medical care in a job injury claim seems to be so difficult and complicate. Why is that?
Again, it is because this law has been established for over 50 years. The insurance company has the right to control your medical care by listing on the panel at your place of employment the doctors who can treat you when you are injured on the job.
I started my treatment at a clinic. I was advised to go to a clinic by my supervisor. I go to this clinic. I do not get the medical care I need. What can I do?
You have the right to change doctors one time from the list of doctors listed on the panel of physicians. Do not change to another clinic. Look for a good doctor on the panel of doctors.
Liberty Mutual has a TV advertising campaign that has been ongoing for about 6 months. Its bottom line statement that is displayed on my TV screen is “you only have to pay for what you want.” This is a very misleading message.
MRI is a very good diagnostic tool to determine if you have a real medical problem in your spine or in your joints
Your lawyer should be able to file a Petition for Medical Treatment with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in certain limited cases.
Why is my medical care that the insurance company is required to pay so slow to be approved and scheduled?
I have been handling injured workers claims for 41 years as Leslie just stated. It amazes me every day how slow the process is for my injured workers clients is to receive approval for their medical care by the workers’ compensation system.
When this condition is present to a person who was recently a victim of an injury (whether job injury or an automobile accident injury), the doctor's knowledge of advanced imaging is of crucial importance. However if nerve root injury is also suspected, MRI is the imaging testing of choice.
“Stop complaining and start participating”, said Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States, Stephen Breyer, in a speech he gave on The Constitution in September of 2019. The speech was given to young people worried about democracy’s position in the United State of America and the nation’s increasingly politicism/polarization.
Insurance company tactics in automobile accident claims are motivated by self-preservation but some would argue that motivation comes from a selfishness and greed. The insurers all seem to have the same formula
Who controls your medical treatment in your job injury claim? The insurance company does control. Why? It is the Law.
What if I had a previous injury, and a year later I have a new injury IS THIS A LEGAL PROBLEM?
Many of you are leaving money on the table in your work injury claim. What does that mean?
I have used this column to advocate for and to agree with all initiatives that involve vocational rehabilitation. It is so easy to agree with and get behind all efforts to re-train people to enter the job market. My goodness, who would be against such an effort? I have numerous clients in my workers’ compensation practice who are disabled due to a severe job injury (which also finds the employers who argues they cannot accommodate my client’s disabilities/limitations). Employers disregard disabled employees with no regard to seniority with the company of injury or the likelihood that the employee may not be able to find appropriate alternative employment. They just write off the disabled.
Who are you working for? Do you know the name of the company you are employed by? If you do not know, you need to find out. Are you paid in cash or with checks?
It really bugs me when someone is given a whole lot but blows it completely! Take for instance the City of Atlanta. The City was awarded 4 million dollars to re-train youth, the disabled and just about anybody else. This money came from the Federal Government.
The most important question that I try to stress in every one of these segments is where is the panel of doctors posted? This is the most important question at the beginning of your case.
One of the most important question in your case is when do you need a lawyer to represent you? You do not need to have any money to hire a lawyer to help you with your injury claim.
During the course of our representation of many injured workers, we come across questions like this one, what type of cervical surgery will be helping one to recover in an opportune time and be able to go back to work in a relatively short time? Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is a surgery to remove a herniated or degenerative disc in the neck. Cervical disk replacement surgery involves removing a diseased cervical disk and replacing it with an artificial disk. Before this procedure was available, the affected disk was removed and the vertebrae above and below were fused together to prevent motion.
Here is the problem: if the negligent party bought minimum coverage ($25,000) and you don’t have any uninsured or under-insured coverage, but you have serious injuries that will require a lot of money to medically treat, you will not get millions. You may only get the $25,000 and you may have to seriously fight to get even that amount.
Are you tired of the insurance company controlling your medical treatment? It is your body, right? In a job injury in Georgia you may have little choice about control of your medical care. The law calls it a panel of doctors.