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Thanks so much for another thoughtful and thorough answer! I feel like if I ever win this that YOU should get the retainer as you've been more help than any of my lawyers! lol
When I had my last appt. I did ask her in person just to fill out the RFC but she first said she wouldn't or "didn't do those forms anymore" and then referred me to a physical therapist to have the form filled out. So then I tried again, by just writing her a letter explaining the situation and delivering it to the office- I had it in a sealed envelope and told the nurse that it was very important that the doctor see it. I even told her that just a handwritten one sentence letter saying that things have not changed since the last time she filled out the form would suffice. When I got the call yesterday from one of her staff they said "the doctor asked me to call you..." so I am assuming that she actually read the letter herself.
I had also emailed my lawyer telling him about this situation and asking his advice as to what to do and I basically got nowhere. He said that he cannot advise one way or the other and that it was "up to me" if I wanted to pay the $500. I can sort of see his side of it in the sense that if he tells me to get it and I pay $500 and still get denied he might feel that I would hold him responsible, and if he tells me not to pay it and I get denied it could be the same situation- but jeeze even if he could point me in the right direction with a disclaimer attached, it would be nice! I know one way or the other it wouldn't be his fault, but I guess there are some who might look for others to blame.
So, what I'm gathering is that you think that I should go ahead and do it, or at the least that it would be somewhat detrimental to not present this to the judge? If I'm going to pay the $500, I should ask for both the letter and for her to complete the RFC form that I got from my lawyer? Thanks again for your help!