Can I hire a attorney to keep me from going back to work too soon? 18 Answers as of June 11, 2015

I was injured on the job. I tore my shoulder. I just had surgery 5 weeks ago, still in part 2 a week. Now my employer and workers comp are trying to make me go back to work too soon. I am still in lots of pain with shoulder, do I need to hire a lawyer?

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KEYL ADR Services, LLC | Mark D. Keyl
At this point it is a medical decision on whether you have achieved maximum medical improvement. You need to ask your physician if you can return to light duty or determine when you can return to full duty. It is a medical decision. An attorney is only necessary if you don't feel that you are being treated fairly.
Answer Applies to: Mississippi
Replied: 6/11/2015
Richard B. Jacobson & Associates, LLC | Richard B. Jacobson
Hiring a lawyer experienced in Workers Comp. is a very good idea. You can find one online (e.g. on Avvo.com), or in the yellow pages, or from the State Bar Lawyer Referral and Information Service.
Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 6/11/2015
Law Ofices of Edwin K. Niles | Edwin K. Niles
Yes, be sure you retain someone who specializes in workers comp.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/11/2015
Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm
Bulman Law Associates PLLC Injury Law Firm | Thomas Bulman
No.. Just go back to work with restrictions. When it start hurting after half a shift, go to lunch and then come back. If it still hurts too much, tell your boss, leave work and go to your Doctor that day so the Dr. can see how you look.
Answer Applies to: Montana
Replied: 6/11/2015
Gliszinski Law Office, LLC | Susan Gliszinski
You should hire an attorney who practices in workers' compensation right away.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 6/11/2015
    Ty Wilson Law | Ty Wilson
    You should speak to a Georgia workers' compensation attorney and find out what your rights are under the law. This is common in workers' compensation. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    If your Dr has given you temporary restrictions that the employer can accommodate and pay you the same pay as your regular job, they will not owe you temporary total disability benefits. I'm not sure what, if anything a lawyer could do to stop it if that is your situation, but it never hurts just to talk to one. Consider consulting an experienced comp lawyer. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    You should hire a lawyer to properly represent you and make sure you needed to negotiate your time out of work. He may specifically ask the doctor for reports that will assist in getting this accomplished. He will also maximize your recovery.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    WILLIAM L SANDERS, ATTORNEY AT LAW | William L. Sanders
    Yes, you should go see a workers comp attorney. Most do not charge just to talk, and often their fees are paid by the employer. It could cost you nothing.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates
    Barry Rabovsky & Associates | Barry Rabovsky
    A lawyer could help you with your case. It sounds like they may want you to go back to work too soon, and a lawyer could help prove from your medical records whether it is too soon for you to go back to work. A lawyer could also help you throughout your case and get you a reasonable settlement, based upon your injury and recovery.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
    First, have your treating doctor write a "return to work" letter in which he states when you will be able to go back. THEN, hire a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C.
    Andrew T. Velonis, P.C. | Andrew Velonis
    It's your Dr., not your lawyer that you need right now: If the dr says that you are not ready to go back to work, then you are not ready. Of course, the comp carrier will claim that you could and should return to work and will cut you off, that's when you will need a lawyer to take an appeal with the comp board. Otherwise, if your dr says you can go back to work, that's what you must do. If the dr imposes restrictions on you, then both you and your employer must follow them.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Fox & Fox, S.C. | Richard F. Rice
    Yes. Contact a worker's compensation attorney in your area.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Boesen Law, LLC
    Boesen Law, LLC | Joseph J. Fraser III
    Medical opinions carry a lot of weight in workers' compensation, and your work restrictions should be defined by your doctor. If you cannot handle what the doctor says should be allowed, you may need an attorney and another doctor.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    It certainly sounds like you should have a lawyer look into the matter. Generally, it is up to the treating and independent medical experts as to when it should be reasonably expected that you return to your employment.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Gates' Law, PLLC | Thomas E. Gates
    Yes, you should retain an attorney who specializes in workman's comp.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/11/2015
    Utah Injury Lawyer
    Utah Injury Lawyer | Will Rodgers
    Yes, you need a lawyer that does WC (Worker's Compensation) cases. I am happy to refer you to a colleague of mine that does that.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/11/2015
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