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With North Dakota workforce safety. Will I receive a settlement from them when the claim i

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With North Dakota workforce safety. Will I receive a settlement from them when the claim is closed? I was injured at work. Suffering burns to my face and hands. I've been told by doctors. That I am very susceptible to frostbite and skin cancer on these areas. Where this condition would be down the road, but still related to the work injury. Is there a way to protect myself? From the costs of treating these conditions down the road? After N.D workforce safety closes the claim? Thank you for your time
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Tina replied 5 years ago.
Hello and welcome,

Are you being treated by a workers' comp physician?

Have you retained a workers' comp attorney?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I am being treated by docotors in N.D. Workforce safety has sent their people to the Dr. visits. However I do not think they are work comp physicians. I am from Idaho. They want me to find a Dr. here. Would they try to shift my work comp case to Idaho if I use an Idaho doctor? I have not retained a workers comp attorney.
Expert:  Tina replied 5 years ago.
ND Workforce safety is the agency that has the authority to process state workers' comp claims, so you must have a workers' comp claim pending.

If your injury was sustained in ND, you must normally use ND workers' comp physicians unless you can locate an out of state physician to accept payments from ND workers' comp, which is unlikely.

Once your condition stabilizes, you would normally be sent to a WC physician to be evaluated for any permanent disability you have experienced. They will typically provide a rating of your permanent disability stated as a percentage. This percentage will normally guide your attorney in determining a reasonable amount for which you may settle your claim for permanent disability, which includes compensation for future medical.

It is important to retain a local WC attorney to represent you in this matter on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless they prevail on your behalf. Among many other things, they can ensure your rating for permanent disability is done fairly so your settlement is not based on an artificially low rating, meaning you would receive significantly less compensation for your injury.

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