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Workers Comp Adjuster (Arizona)
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I didn't think I would be posting here again about my workers comp case..I somehow thought it was nearing an end. However, to recap, I broke my hip nearly a year ago, had surgery, was off work 9 months, got fired in the process, then my doctor released me back to work with no restrictions. I contacted my adjuster just over a month ago to relate all this to her. She was very nice, explaining everything that could possibly happen, including a supportive care settlement. She TOLD ME to call her in 30 days for follow up if I hadn't heard anything. Well I did. I have been leaving voice mails for her, emails, etc. Nothing. Maybe she's on a long vacation?? Is this typical? Do adjusters commonly ignore claimants during this phase of workers comp, even if they TELL you to contact them?

I am unemployed, trying to get on public assistance while also looking for jobs. I cannot afford to retain an attorney. They are NOT free. I visited one several months ago and, even though I was only receiving workers comp checks, they wanted $200 monthly in order to help me.

Any insights/advice? Should I just forget about this case? How long, approximately, after you are at MMI does it take for a claim to be closed/settled, or whatever? Should I be expecting something, anything in the mail? I don't know what to do? Maybe just nothing?
 
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#2
she may be on leave or left the company.
i see more posts on this board about failure of attys to return calls then I do adjusters.
if you get an atty be prepared for a similar experience; there are far more injured workers then there are adjusters or comp attys.
atty fees are taken from benefits obtained; you do not have to pay upfront.
If it's important for you to get a return call start the complaint process. use the chain of command. get insurance carrier management information and start filing written complaints beginning with the claims manager and on up the ladder to the company president.
after that start with insurance commissioner and your elected officials; especially the commissioners
https://www.azica.gov/agency-information/commissioners
contact the ombudsman
Ombudsman 542-4538
they all have staff that can get thru to the company. do it all in writing so you have a paper trail.
if your injury left you without a job then you definitely have wage loss benefits due.
if you decide to get a lawyer make sure they are a work comp specialist. interview more then one'
https://azbar.legalserviceslink.com/lawy..._of_law=WC
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........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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#3
So you think the adjuster is not purposely ignoring me? She used to be very good at contacting me within the day.

The only reason I didn't retain a workers comp attorney is because they were asking me for $200 out of pocket per month, while receiving workers comp checks. . I even called...I don't remember,...a number you gave me here at the time, and they said workers comp attorneys do want fees monthly. Since my doctor tod me I am MMI, does this change that fact? Since I am entering the settlement phase, is it all different with attorney fees? Were I to hire the attorney I saw before, a workers comp attorney, you don't think he would want to be paid monthly?

Thanks.
 
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#4
I,m thinking they would take it out of your comp checks.
If you are not getting regular payments, they would take it out of a lump sum settlement.. Different fee arrangements for different situations. Yours has changed.
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#5
I figured what you were talking about after I clicked the send button! Got it. Okay, I will call the attorney again. Thanks for all your valuable advice.
 
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(05-17-2018, 10:58 PM)241050 Wrote: I figured what you were talking about after I clicked the send button! Got it. Okay, I will call the attorney again. Thanks for all your valuable advice.


First the adjuster is not your friend,think more as an adversary,they will do anything to undermine your case.

Usually workers comp lawyers dont charge unless a settlement is reach the amount is a fixed amount.
Find a good lawyer for your case

good luck
 
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#7
Path, your opinion is severely weakened by your extremely limited experience; avoid universal statements with such a small sample size.
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(05-19-2018, 02:07 PM)path62 Wrote:
(05-17-2018, 10:58 PM)241050 Wrote: I figured what you were talking about after I clicked the send button! Got it. Okay, I will call the attorney again. Thanks for all your valuable advice.


First the adjuster is not your friend,think more as an adversary,they will do anything to undermine your case.

Usually workers comp lawyers dont charge unless a settlement is reach the amount is a fixed amount.
Find a good lawyer for your case

good luck

I have consulted a lawyer and they DID want to charge me out of my workers comp checks. However, now that I am not even receiving any money, I am going to consult them again, Thanks.
 
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(05-19-2018, 03:57 PM)1171 Wrote: your opinion is severely limited by your experience.

You were right...my adjuster did get back with me. She is trying to get my doctor to fill out a form about future supportive care. I am going to consult the lawyer I talked with several months ago. Thanks for ALL your help. You are awesome and knowledgeable. I have really needed someone like you throughout my case/injury to help me figure things out.
 
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#10
You're welcome.
Glad your claim is back on track.
Be well.
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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