Companies are becoming more aggressive in blocking a patient’s right to change physicians. That’s because many insurance carriers have an informal list of preferred doctors that they would like to “steer” claimants to if possible. These doctors are more likely than others to release the patient from care within 90 days after a claim is filed, thereby reducing the liability to the company significantly.
Claims agents are also directly making contact with doctors and requesting that they change a previous diagnosis to one that is less serious. This often happens with back injuries that involve trauma to a disc. Rather than pay for a disc injury, insurance companies are instead deciding that a patient should be treated for only a lumbar strain. They in turn send a letter stating this to the treating physician, and this often results in him or her changing their original diagnosis.
Patients should be sent copies of any correspondence between their insurance company and the treating physician. If anything appears to be out of the ordinary, it can be a good idea to contact Edward M. Bernstein and Associates for assistance.
It’s not uncommon for employers to hire investigators to perform surveillance on an injured worker. These investigators sometimes sit outside an individual’s house or even follow them around town while they are performing errands. Their sole purpose in doing so is to “catch” them doing things that would be inconsistent with their injuries. The problem with this is that many people have had their claims wrongly denied because of surveillance videos.
Investigators sometimes piece together snippets of video into a DVD and then provide them to an insurance company as “proof” that a person is not injured. The problem is that these videos may not accurately represent one’s physical condition. It’s entirely possible for people to be able to perform everyday tasks without difficulty even when they have sustained a debilitating injury.
Other times, the individual represented in the video may not even be the one who is claiming benefits. Since insurance companies do not usually know the claimant personally, they rely on the investigator to conduct accurate surveillance. Many people have discovered their claims have been denied because the wrong individual was videotaped.
If you have a worker’s compensation claim, you should be aware of those around you at all times in order to know whether you are being videotaped.
If you suspect this is the case, it can be helpful to contact an attorney such as Ed Bernstein.
Thousands of people are injured in forklift accidents each year. Although forklift accidents are typically occur in warehouses, they can also happen at home improvement centers, nurseries or wholesale grocery distribution centers that are open to the public. This means that workers who move and handle these goods and members of the general public can be injured in forklift accidents.
A number of environmental factors can contribute to forklift accidents. An area that is too dark or noisy, may be distracting for operators. Whenever possible, aisles should be blocked off to pedestrian traffic with the use of safety cones or warning tape. It can also be helpful if the forklift is equipped with flashing lights to alert shoppers to its presence, as well as a backup alarm that warns people that the truck is moving backwards.
Forklift accidents can result in severe injuries or even death. If you or someone you know has been injured by a forklift, a personal injury attorney can analyze the facts in order to see if there might be a remedy available under the law.
Although trucking companies may try to ensure driver safety, trucking accidents are nonetheless commonplace in and around Las Vegas. Commercial Driving while fatigued or under the influence of alcohol or drugs often results in collisions with passenger automobiles, thereby causing devastating injuries or even death. The investigations into such accidents are often complex because there are unique rules that govern trucker safety while on the road.
Accidents between truck drivers and other motorists do not always result solely from negligence on the part of the trucker. Automobile operators sometimes follow too closely or pull out in front of a trucker, thereby resulting in an accident. Even though a trucker is not solely at fault, an investigation must nonetheless take place and could result in a temporary suspension of that individual’s commercial driver’s license.
Truck drivers also stand to lose a great deal financially if accident victims are awarded a cash settlement to compensate for their injuries.
Talking with a personal injury attorney is one way to find out what legal rights injured drivers may have against commercial drivers in trucking accident cases in the Las Vegas area.
If you have a personal injury claim or lawsuit pending, you may want to think about what you are posting on any social networking profiles. Attorneys are turning to outlets such as Facebook and Twitter in ever-increasing numbers when it comes to finding incriminating evidence to use against opposing parties. What seems like an innocent blurb could end up costing you thousands of dollars-or even worse, the dismissal of your lawsuit altogether.
The purpose of any civil action is to make a plaintiff whole again. If you have been injured but post about participating in activities that require a great deal of physical stamina, this could cause a judge to question the severity of your impairments. Simply making a “tweet” about shooting a game of basketball or going waterskiing with friends could affect the value of your claim.
Posting about activities isn’t all that can get you into trouble. Making comments about what you’ll do with the windfall you receive from a settlement can also raise doubt and suspicion. Don’t think you’re safe just because your profile is private. Information posted on social media can be subpoenaed, and may be ruled admissible in a court of law. Your best course of action is to remember that the things you post online could be made public for anyone to see, so be careful what you say.