Yes, you have the right to go to a doctor of your choice. You may have to attend an “Independent” Medical Exam with a doctor of their choosing. If you have been scheduled for more than one of these exams in a short period this is a red flag and you should speak to an attorney right away.
Meyer Thorp works on a contingent fee basis. We only take a fee if we can obtain benefits on your behalf. You do not have to pay upfront and consultations and case reviews are always free.
Your time loss rate is based on whether you are married or single and the number of dependents you have. Once the Department sets a wage order you should carefully review this document as it will become final and binding on you within 60 days if not appealed and will dictate the payments on your claim even if it is incorrect.
If you qualify for vocational services the Department of Labor and Industries or your employer may have to provide retraining to you. They can allow money for you to return to school and up to two years of your time loss payments to continue while you receive your training. There are several options available to injured workers in vocational plan and this is a good time for a free consultation if you want to know your options.
You may be eligible for social security benefits in addition to your Labor and Industries benefits. If you expect to be off work for at least a year it may be in your best interest to file for both benefits. We also represent people seeking social security disability. Many of our clients sucessfully receive both, although the benefits do offset eachother.
If the employer is fighting claim allowance you almost always will need an attorney to help you. Employers often have more resources to fight claims and some deny legitimate claims.
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If you have permanent partial disability you should receive an award according to the State’s award schedule. Many times the State’s “Independent” Medical Examiners will not rate you in what we feel is a fair or accurate manner. We can send you to a doctor for a much more accurate rating if this is the case.
Self-Insured employers are not covered under the state fund, they pay all benefits themselves and are usually large employers. Since they pay all benefits themselves they tend to fight harder to not pay. We have successfully represented clients employed by self-insured employer’s such as Sacred Heart Medical Center, Boeing, Kaiser Aluminum, Wal Mart, Spokesman Review, Safeway, Trans Systems, Waste Management, STA and Triumph Systems.