My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: New Jersey
Hi I was hurt while on the job and herniated a few discs in my back. After the ins. co. dragging it out for almost a year sending me to p/t and all kinds of dr's including a hand specialist for 2 months I finally got surgery followed by p/t. My Dr said I reached MMI, I was examined by both sides and we were supposed to go to settle in court which was put off numerous times over the course of almost another year in the meantime I'm in severe pain again and very limited so they reopened my case after I had to go to the ER twice. Even though the case has been reopened I'm not recieving work comp. pay, they haven't paid the ER bill from 11/08 but am letting me see the Dr who just advised I need a discagram and possibly disc fusion. I wanted to give a brief background on my case.
My attorney (the second one) does NOTHING, doesn't answer calls or faxes, rarely contacts me, I find that if I don't contact people myself and push, push, push for everything, nothing gets done. My question is #1 will the 1st attorney be paid out of my settlement even though he passed off my case to another firm? Also what can I do to get my attorney off his butt and work for me and his money to actually fight for me? Isn't that the purpose of having an attorney? The first attorney passed the case onto another firm after we had a falling out about his lack of attention to my case but I never signed any agreement with the new firm am I obligated to them and are they entitled to any of my settlement money? This has been dragged out and going on for what will be 3 years this coming Labor Day. I'm in pain 24/7 and have like no life and can't go back to my old job because of restrictions, can't sit too long, can't lift and have a lot of issues just doing small chores around the house. I'm lost, my credit has gone to garbage, I've lost most of my life and close to losing my home and relationship. I'm at a loss and need help. I wish I could help others to never have to go through what I've gone through. Aren't there any laws to protect US like there are to protect the employers? Seems NO ONE wants to help the people that need it the most. Any and all advice and suggestions would be appreciated, feel free to email me or post here.