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RE: A bit lost - Lilly - 06-26-2008 07:48 AM
sparkey...IMO only, i would take the meds after i get to my destination. You are fighting for your dire need of meds....so wouldn't it look kinda strange to say you didn't take em? If you don't take them, they can say you really don't need them as you seem to be able to drive, converse, etc.
You'll do fine in the hearing. Lilly
RE: A bit lost - kate - 06-26-2008 09:28 AM
You'll do fine at the hearing. As far as your meds, they were prescribed because you need them so don't worry about having to take them. I agree with Lilly, take them when you get there. Just be careful driving home.
At the hearing, just answer any questions honestly and stay calm. Do not let them get you rattled.
RE: A bit lost - 1171 - 06-26-2008 11:52 AM
take them as per the instructions. you don't want to be distracted by being uncomfortable.
the trepidation should be from the newness of the situation rather then any feeling of inferiority/unpreparedness. actually an unrepresented worker can have some unique advantages in the system. I'm not as familiar with your comp court but i suspect the judge will be especially vigilant that your rights are protected.
RE: A bit lost - sparkey - 06-26-2008 12:22 PM
Thank you all. I will take the meds. I would be in terrible pain if i did not take them, but did not want to be unable to understand being medicated and messing up anything. Sometimes on medication we can be forgetful with names when asked at the drop of a dime etc.
I feel very confident that I will be okay. I will take them when I wake that morning, as I need them to use my hand to get dressed, and then take my break through med right before the hearing by noon. If I did not take them I might be grumpy in pain and not be able to function. This way I will be relaxed.
Thanks again as I did not know what is the best thing I should do.
RE: A bit lost - black651 - 06-26-2008 01:08 PM
I will take the advice offered here and look for a good lawyer who specializes in Workman's Comp. issues. Thanks for all the replies.
I'm currently trying to wean myself off of the pain medications because after three years they are not helping as much as they used to. My doctor says I have built up a tolerance and it is nothing unusual. He also is unwilling to offer any other prescriptions and just says I should have the surgery done. (Thinking of looking for another doctor as well..) The medication is Methadone - 5 mg pill, four times daily.
I sure wish there was something else that worked but would not make me feel "doped up". The methadone worked well for a long time, but gradually became less effective.
Are there any tips on how to tell if I have a good lawyer? (What questions to ask and how so forth.) Right now I can't afford to hire one, and I am so totally clueless about this that I am brain locked.
RE: A bit lost - 1171 - 06-26-2008 02:15 PM
was there something wrong with the link I posted?
(12 Questions To Ask Your Potential Lawyer)
Here is a handy checklist of basic questions to ask before you hire a lawyer:
What is your experience in this field?
Have you handled matters like mine?
What are the possible outcomes of my case?
What are my alternatives in resolving the matter?
Approximately how long will it take to resolve?
Do you recommend mediation or arbitration?
What are your rates and how often will you bill me?
What is a ballpark figure for the total bill, including fees and expenses?
How will you keep me informed of progress?
What kind of approach will you take to resolve the matter - aggressive and unyielding, or will you be more inclined to reach a reasonable settlement?
Who else in the office will be working on my case?
Can junior attorneys or paralegals in the office handle some of the substantive legal work at a lower rate?
RE: A bit lost - black651 - 06-27-2008 04:15 AM
was there something wrong with the link I posted?
No. Nothing wrong with the link. I just was asking if there were any other questions not covered in that article that I should ask. Just invisiting other comment.
The link is an excellent resource and I do thank you for sharing that with me. Thanks!!!
RE: A bit lost - capricorn - 06-27-2008 07:47 AM
black>>>I wish you all the luck and will say a prayer that you find a great attorney. One of my biggies was getting a call back. Attorney's are busy and I believe mine does his best in returning my calls. I asked him to please return my call within 3 days and we both seemed happy with that. I don't expect him to call me in an hour. Pick a couple of issues that are really improtant to you and ask how he/she would handle the situation.
Sparkey ...I think 1171 put it wonderfully. Read his post over and over and absorb it. I think it will give you strenght, security and determination when you are in the hearing.
RE: A bit lost - Still in Limbo - 06-27-2008 11:58 AM
I have been in 12 Hearings, and I was Never Asked what Meds. I was on while being there. Sparkey, We have tried Time and Time Again for You to get Counsel, and I Wish You the Very Best at Your Hearing. But You are entering Dangerous Territory with what You are about to Undertake, and it's Still not too Late, even in the 11th Hour of Your Case to get Counsel. You are going to be Face to Face with a seasoned w/c Attorney, and My Opinion Only, I would not want My Meds. and Case to Hinge on whether I get a w/c Judge that will be Sensitive to the Fact that I don't have Counsel! I Pray You reconsider, and get some Assistance, but if not, You Have My Best for a Good Outcome!
RE: A bit lost - 1171 - 06-27-2008 02:29 PM
glad it helped.
links get broken and want you to know there is a lot of info out there.