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    Quote Quoting tony View Post
    Of course he did, did your lawyer submit anything to challenge the IME opinion - sounds like he didn't.

    He should've done that before the hearing, now's a little late ya think?
    That's the whole idea - have the judge weigh your doctor's opinion against the IME and meet somewhere in the middle.
    The judge can only go on what's submitted - sounds like your lawyer submitted nothing?

    What type of injury are we talking?

    Tony
    This past hearing was requested by the IC and it was to suspend or reduce payments because IME stated i was ready to go back to work with no restrictions. My Lawyer told me next hearinf will be to argue their decision

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    This past hearing was requested by the IC and it was to suspend or reduce payments because IME stated i was ready to go back to work with no restrictions. My Lawyer told me next hearinf will be to argue their decision
    That's called an appeal - that decision stands until your lawyer files an appeal.
    That makes no sense - So he says let's not put up a fight, let you go broke until we can file an appeal which may take six months or longer - what the hell do you have for a lawyer?
    Wouldn't it be smarter and cheaper to present your doctors opinions at this hearing and save the heartache?

    That'd be like being charged with a crime in which you're innocent and the lawyer says let's plead guilty, let you sit in jail for six months until we can file an appeal.
    Something doesn't add up here.

    Tony
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    Are doctors required to testify at hearings in your state? In my state, we can only get their testimony by post-hearing depositions.
    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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    Quote Quoting complwyr View Post
    Are doctors required to testify at hearings in your state? In my state, we can only get their testimony by post-hearing depositions.
    Thats what they are doing with me. They are having depositions with all my doctors one week prior to my hearing to determine permanency

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