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    Question Disabled Police Officer Has Questions, Needs Help to Make Decisions

    While training for re-certification as a police officer, I developed pain down my left leg. Went to doctors and had a MRI. Found that L-3/L-5 compression causing nerve pain. Had Laminectomy 7-2010, then was re-evaluated and found that surgery didn't correct compression. Had DLIF procedure 1/2011 and caused permanent nerve damage to left leg.

    As a police officer I was required to run 1.5 miles every three years for NH Police Standards. The pinched nerve was found during training for State recertification. The surgeon stated the only way to be able to run again was to have these surgeries. I had requested a waiver from the State while going through surgery.
    12/2011 I was deemed disabled by the SSA. I had notified my Chief when I initially injured myself back in 5/2010 but that the Chief never filed WC paperwork. The injury plus surgery which caused permanent injury I did file myself to the NH WC board. Received a letter from Primex in 8/2012 denying my incident without any explanation. I also filed for a federal one time benefit through the USDOJ but they are requesting status on any appeals.

    So if there are any legal eagles out there, do any of you suggest an attorney in New Hampshire with WC experience? I know I have 18 months and I'm on 11 moths right now. Do to my disability I'm not doing much physically without causing more pain and injury and I had to walk away from all of this for awhile as it was causing severe depression.

    The only reason why I had these surgeries was the fact that I was going to loose my career as a police officer. I'm on a volunteer FD but cannot fight fire, I mainly go to the meetings to see friends as all I have are cops, FF's and EMT's. I'm back though wanting to see this through. Just asking anyone out there your opinion and guidance.

    Thanks for your time, FYI I had contacted three separate NH attorneys and never had any of them contact me back???? Is it me or my being a cop that lawyers don't like or is it because I have little chance???

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    Default Re: Disabled Police Officer Has Questions, Needs Help to Make Decisions

    Heck, I like to represent LEOs. No reason for a workers' comp lawyer not to. And serious back injuries are usually desirable cases for comp lawyers.

    You just need to contact some different lawyers. I suggest you make a list of lawyers located anywhere in your state who handle workers' comp cases for employees. For a case like yours, and in a state the geographic size of NH, you can look for a lawyer over the entire state. Hire the best work comp lawyer you can find. Don't limit yourself to lawyers near your home. If the best work comp lawyer in the state lives in your town, that is fine. But if not, don't be afraid to hire an out of town lawyer. You want the best one you can get.

    There may be some lawyers in Mass who handle NH cases, so look there too. They would be licensed in NH as well.

    To determine the best work comp lawyers in the state, I recommend you research lawyers on these web sites: WILG.org (see if any NH lawyers are listed in their directory; anyone in that group is very dedicated to representing injured employees); Martindale.com (look for the "AV" rating); AVVO.com (look for relevant experience and good client reviews); and Superlawyers.com (anyone listed there has the respect of his or her peers in the profession).

    Here is a link to the NH lawyers that belong to WILG. Check them out first. https://www.wilg.org/index.cfm?pg=pu...3_stateprov=NH

    Perhaps using all those resources you can narrow down a list of 5 to 10 lawyers to call. Then start calling. You definitely need a lawyer for your situation. Don't waste anymore time getting one hired. Good luck.
    Last edited by complwyr; 07-22-2013 at 09:59 PM.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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    Default Re: Disabled Police Officer Has Questions, Needs Help to Make Decisions

    Thank you for your time and knowledge, What you stated makes good common sense. I just need to be more vigilant and get it done. When you have attorneys not calling you back you don't know if its because what you did as a job or they just don't care?

    Be Safe

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    Default Re: Disabled Police Officer Has Questions, Needs Help to Make Decisions

    Scott303
    I had contacted three separate NH attorneys and never had any of them contact me back???? Is it me or my being a cop that lawyers don't like or is it because I have little chance???
    It may be your approach, how did they know you where a cop?
    How do they know if you stand a chance?
    If you give to much info from the start they may pre- judge your case as not worth it based on the info you've provided.
    You saved them the time of a free consultation.

    When you first call an attorney, give basic info only - your contact info and the nature of your case (worker comp, personal injury, ect.)
    Don't mention you're a cop or anything that could single you out for discrimination.
    Don't go into details with the assistant who answers the phone, ask for an appointment to discuss the details of your case.
    The key here is to keep them interested, keep them asking questions - make them schedule an appointment if they want to learn more.

    Follow complwyr's advice, apply the principles I mentioned and you should have a positive result.

    Take Care
    Tony
    Moderator Responses are based on my personal bias, experience and research - They do not represent the views of the admin nor may be accepted in the legal community, always consult an attorney.

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