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Getting a Second Opinion After Your Independent Medical Examination

Getting a Second Opinion After Your Independent Medical Examination

People come to see me because the workers compensation insurer wants to send the injured worker to a doctor for an “independent medical examination”. The law in South Dakota allows the workers compensation insurer to obtain such an examination every 30 days. This does not mean that the exam will be “independent”. Workers compensation insurers frequently select doctors that they are reasonably certain will write a report that goes against the injured worker. The workers compensation insurer will then use this adverse report to deny future workers compensation benefits.

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Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

Do I Really Need a Lawyer?

I’ve often been asked, if I’ve been injured in an accident, do I really need an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent my interest? My answer to that is always yes, yes you do. Insurance companies have attorneys working hard for them, to protect their interest, and so should you.

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Do I have to use the company doctor?

Do I have to use the company doctor?

We frequently get contacted by injured workers telling us that their company wants to send them to the company's doctor. The answer is generally no. The injured employee has the right to select their physician. We normally recommend that you go to your family doctor...

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Who pays medical bills after a serious accident?

Who pays medical bills after a serious accident?

One question we get all the time is who pays the medical bills following a serious accident and before the case is settled? Following an accident where you've been seriously injured, your own automobile policy has to pay the medical bills up to a certain amount. This...

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Why hire Alvine Weidenaar?

Why hire Alvine Weidenaar?

If you've been seriously injured in an accident, not all attorneys have the same success and experience in representing injured parties. At Alvine Weidenaar, that's all we do is represent injured parties who've been seriously injured in motorcycle accidents, motor...

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When does an injured worker need a lawyer?

When does an injured worker need a lawyer?

Hi, I'm Bram Weidenaar with Alvine Weidenaar. I've been representing injured workers for over 25 years. Frequently I'm asked, "When does an injured worker need a lawyer?" There are three situations in which an injured worker should hire an experienced workers'...

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What kind of legal work does Alvine Weidenaar do?

What kind of legal work does Alvine Weidenaar do?

One of the most common questions we get asked is what kind of legal work do you guys do? We are primarily an injury law firm. We have offices in Sioux Fall and Mitchell, South Dakota that handle all types of injury cases. Some of the most common types of injury cases...

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What Happens After Reporting a Work Injury?

What Happens After Reporting a Work Injury?

In a previous blog posting, I wrote about reporting a work injury to the employer.  In this blog, I want to discuss what happens in a worker’s compensation claim immediately after the injured worker reports the injury to the employer. In South Dakota, the employer is...

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Subrogation – Personal Injury Attorney Help

Subrogation – Personal Injury Attorney Help

If my insurance company pays for my medical bills after I have been injured, do I still have to pay back my insurance after I settle my bodily injury claim? Following your injury, your automobile insurance and/or your health insurance carrier may have paid medical...

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Doctor Choice After A Work Injury

Doctor Choice After A Work Injury

All too often, injured workers come to me after a work injury and tell me that their employer sent them to the “company’s doctor.” At first, the employer appears to be doing the injured worker a big favor by sending them to a doctor. But, if the worker’s injury...

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Working With a Managed Care Nurse

Working With a Managed Care Nurse

Does the insurance company nurse have to go into your doctor’s appointment? Frequently, I’m asked whether the insurance company nurse always gets to go into the examination room when the injured employee is seeing that employee’s treating doctor. Upon reporting an...

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Who Pays the Medical Bills After a Work Injury?

Who Pays the Medical Bills After a Work Injury?

After a work related injury, the injured worker’s bills start piling up.  This can be a very stressful time. Recovering from a serious work related injury is difficult.  It can become even more worrisome when the medical bills start piling up. Generally, the employer...

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Returning to Work After a Work Injury

Returning to Work After a Work Injury

I am frequently asked about returning to work after a work injury.  Usually, the worker has the misfortune of being injured seriously enough that the injured worker’s doctor orders the worker to cease all work activities while recuperating from the injury.  This is...

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