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    I have several questions. There was a change in status in September, my treating physician stated I could return to light duty after being off work for several months with very tight restrictions. Workers Comp informed me that, TTD would change to TPD and bi-weekly payments would change to monthly.

    A Monthly Statement report was sent out and could not be returned before a month due date. I was told that after turning in the initial monthly statement, it would take 2 weeks to receive my check? So, in essence I will not receive any monies for 44 days. Q: Is this the normal process? Does it usually take that long after submitting an initial monthly report? And will this be an ongoing process each time?

    S: I scheduled an appointment with my treating physician an Orthopedic specialist in November. I was subjected to an IME exam by a Podiatrist in October who subsequently closed my case. I did not find any of this out until I went to see my treating physician. I was asked how I would be paying, then I was informed that workers comp would no longer pay for any medical treatments. I have not seen any paperwork that substantiates any of this.

    Q:What should be done at this point?

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    othersdeofthru
    Q: Is this the normal process?
    No, you're being jacked around, they are responsible for medical until you heal 100% or settle your case.
    Don't take action or have further contact with anyone until you retain a lawyer.

    Tony
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    Sad to say I have legal representation. I think it is time for a change. They are sitting idly by during all this, sucking up my money.

    I just wanted to verify. I have a hearing coming up in the near future for back pay. Should I retain new counsel since I have a hearing coming up soon?

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    Quote Quoting othersdeofthru View Post
    Sad to say I have legal representation. I think it is time for a change. They are sitting idly by during all this, sucking up my money.

    I just wanted to verify. I have a hearing coming up in the near future for back pay. Should I retain new counsel since I have a hearing coming up soon?
    DO NOT DISMISS YOUR COUNSEL!!!
    I'm sure your attorney will protect your rights, there's no reason for him to do otherwise, besides his actions are overseen by the judge handling your case.
    No one's going to get away with anything at that hearing - those judges aren't stupid, they have an obligation to protect your rights.
    If you're represented, you should be fine, relax and see what happens.

    Tony
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    [QUOTE=tony;208036]DO NOT DISMISS YOUR COUNSEL!

    I just do not want to be shafted. From what I have witnessed and the conversations I have had with present counsel and para-legal, does not leave me confident that they are working on my behalf. It seems to me that they are helping Workers' comp. The initial lawyer that took my case, told me blow by blow what to expect and how it was going to be handled.

    Then my case was handed off to a fellow lawyer who is not as seasoned, 23 years less exp to be exact. For example; when I learned that workers' comp stated they weren't paying for any more medical, I called only to hear "I thought your case was still opened," then nothing. Another good one was "we have no idea when your check will come, we are at the mercy of wc when they send out payments." Um not when they (counsel) are receiving the checks in a timely manner and holding them for 5-10 business days, so they can skim off the top. I have no qualms with anyone getting payment for work done, but don't bs me.

    Sorry, just venting. Thank you for your advice and forum. I will adhere to your advice.

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    That paralegal is giving general responses in hopes of pacifying you - some put more energy into it than others.
    Sure, the carrier will play games to see what they can get away with but at the end of the day, they're at the mercy of the courts.
    I assure you, no judge on planet earth will let them close your medical before you heal 100% or settle your case.
    As long as you're represented, you'll be fine.

    Tony
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    Again, thank you for allowing us to vent, as well as giving very good advice. It is very much appreciated

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