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Workplace Injury Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: All of the information provided here is of a general nature only. The specific facts of your case may require a completely different answer. Do not base any decision with respect to your case solely on any of the answers found herein. Prior to making any decision with respect to your case, you should speak with a competent attorney who is familiar with the laws that relate to your case.

The workers compensation doctor says that I should have surgery, but my employer utilized some type of independent medical doctor, who spent not even five minutes with me, wrote a letter and recommended that the workers compensation carrier not pay for the surgery. I need to get this surgery. What am I supposed to do now?

Answer: If your treating doctor has a good reason for recommending the surgery and is strong on all the underlying opinions, i.e. that your injuries and necessity for your surgery stem from the work accident, then it is likely that the Commission will pay more attention to your treating doctor than a doctor whom you only saw you one time, or who may have never seen you.

That being said, you may have to head to a hearing in Order to force your employer to listen to your treating doctor. We can assist you with this.

Virginia Beach Office

5500-B Greenwich Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Elizabeth City Office
(by appointment only)
507 E Main St #K
Elizabeth City, NC 27907

If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.