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Visiting a lawyer about my workers comp claim
#1
I did post on here a few months ago. I am a 51 year old female in Arizona. I fell at work this June and broke and dislocated my hip. I had surgery and have been out of work for 4 months now. My doctor said I could go back to work on light duty only but my employer said they have no light duty work for me. I am also slightly concerned I will no longer be able to successfully do my job duties that I once could before the fall. I am now supposed to receive benefits every 30 days from workers comp.

At the advice of just about everyone I talk to, I have an appointment to see a lawyer this week. I am just wondering if a lawyer is actually necessary? I am also worried a lawyer will want me to give them a lot of money up front, which I quite obviously don't have. I guess I am posting here to ask what I may expect from the first lawyer visit? Thanks.
 
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#2
If he/she is a Workers Comp Lawyer, they get paid if you get money. My lawyer handles both Comp and Social Security. Only time he's been paid so far is when he won my back pays.

Ask Ask Ask questions... write them down... see how he/she answers them..
Look up online reviews about the lawyer. See if there is any and if there is good reviews and bad reviews...

Good Luck with this..
 
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#3
You will need a lawyer if there are any disputes that need to be appealed.
Workers comp is a specialized area of the law; not every atty is experienced in it.
If you retain an atty make sure they are a certified specialist.
You can find or check on attys  here
http://www.azbar.org
To find out more how the comp system works in az go here
https://www.azica.gov/divisions/claims-division
They do have a vocational rehabilitation benefit if you have trouble doing your former job because of the injury.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#4
Glad I could help.
thankx for posting.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#5
(10-24-2017, 01:10 PM)1171 Wrote: Glad I could help.
thankx for posting.

Thanks so much
 
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#6
Visited an attorney today (Arizona). Although he was positive about the case, his fees consist of taking 12.5% out of each of my monthly compensation checks. I just cannot afford that (I know attorneys need to get paid...I am not arguing this point at all)., I do not have a husband to help with expenses or anything. My question is, will all attorneys take fees out of compensation checks? Is that standard operating procedure? In that case, forget about a lawyer right now...I just can't afford one. Thank you.
 
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#7
I would call other Comp Attorney's... I've had mine for a few years and he doesn't get any of my comp pay when I get it.. He gets about 15% if I get my checks back and they pay me back pay.. and like when I got on SSDI, they awarded me over 2 years back pay and they kept out his cut.. Also, 1171 posted a link above for AZ Attorney's.. click that and see if you can find one. Normally, they say they don't collect unless you win...
 
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#8
I suspect the same arrangement will apply to most AZ comp attys.
As I posted you won't need one until there is a dispute that's brought to the comp court.
until then the ombudsman's office can provide some information.
https://www.azica.gov/ombudsman
You should be receiving 2/3 of your average monthly wage up to the maximum of $4522 until you are at maximum medical improvement.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#9
I live in Arizona. So you think most attorneys in AZ will probably take out of my workers comp. checks then?
 
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#10
(10-26-2017, 05:16 PM)1171 Wrote: I suspect the same arrangement will apply to most AZ comp attys.
As I posted you won't need one until there is a dispute that's brought to the comp court.
until then the ombudsman's office can provide some information.
https://www.azica.gov/ombudsman
You should be receiving 2/3 of your average monthly wage up to the maximum of $4522 until you are at maximum medical improvement.

You are correct...I emailed and received a response from the Industrial Commission. All AZ. attorneys take out of their clients' monthly checks. Which is false advertisement if you ask me. So many attorneys for Workers Comp say they get nothing unless they win a settlement. Not entirely true. So it looks like an attorney is NOT always the best recourse. I guess I am flying solo on this...THANK YOU for all your help Smile
 
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