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    Default How Much Information Should You Get from Your Lawyer

    I have never been involved in an work comp case until now. Question............do attorneys regularly keep you updated on items? Or should they? I always have to call my attorney to find anything out. (Been over 1 1/2 yrs since the case was initiated) The insurance company has put off going to court 3 times now. I had a mmi and everything done over a month ago and am still told there is not report. Is this common??

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    Default Re: Treated Fairly

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    I have never been involved in an work comp case until now. Question............do attorneys regularly keep you updated on items? Or should they? I always have to call my attorney to find anything out. (Been over 1 1/2 yrs since the case was initiated) The insurance company has put off going to court 3 times now. I had a mmi and everything done over a month ago and am still told there is not report. Is this common??
    Sure.
    An attorney has no reason to contact you unless there is a change in circumstances, they don't have the time for idol chat.
    Sit back and be patient, you'll know when there's new progress or a change in circumstances.
    It doesn't help to rush things, the carrier will know you're desperate and take advantage of it.
    Sometimes it may take a year or longer for your case to progress, relax and let your attorney do his thing,

    Tony
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    Default Re: Treated Fairly

    I agree with Tony. Work comp cases move slowly. When your lawyer has something to report, he will get in touch with you. But in a comp case, long periods of time can go by with nothing happening that requires any communication. Make sure your lawyer's office has up to date contact information for you. They will get in touch with you when something needs your attention or input.

    If you have a change in your medical or employment circumstances, or your weekly checks don't show up, then get in touch with the lawyer and let him know.
    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: Treated Fairly

    Thank you for the replies!! This is all new to me so I don't know what to expect. Yes I guess I am a little anxious as I have had to pay for the surgeries out of pocket so far. Thank you again for the replies, now I know it's "normal" for them not to contact you unless something has changed.

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