Workers’ compensation — Change in treating physician — Where employer/carrier did not respond to claimant’s request for change in treating physician within five days of receipt of request, but claimant never selected an alternative physician, and acquiesced in employer/carrier’s selection of an alternative physician by attending several appointments with the alternative physician, judge of compensation claims did not err in denying claimant’s request for a change in treating physician
Reported at 35 Fla. L. Weekly D933b
Workers’ compensation — Discovery — Petition for benefits challenging employer/carrier’s attempt to recover overpaid benefits resulting from under-calculated Social Security offset — Judge of compensation claims departed from essential requirements of law in granting employer/carrier’s motion to compel production of claimant’s financial documents where financial records at issue are irrelevant to the pending legal issue as a matter of law — Claimant’s private financial records will have no impact on employer/carrier’s rights, if any, to recalculate Social Security Disability offset in line with the social security disability requirements in that region. This is important to note before making such claims.
Many people will avoid making these claims as they are not aware of their rights and options in these scenarios. This is a shame, as many people who could be helped end up not getting the legal assistance that could give them some stability in their lives. Speaking to a legal representative that is an expert in this field is a vital step to take when these scenarios arise, so don’t hesitate to get in touch today.