S. Michael GrahamTEXAS BOARD CERTIFIED - WORKERS' COMPENSATION EXPERT
- Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
Since 1997 S. Michael Graham's law office has been devoted to zealously representing and protecting the legal rights of injured workers throughout the State of Texas. Mr. Graham became board by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of workers' compensation law in 2005. His office handles workers compensation cases from the administrative level all the way through trial by jury. Mr. Graham received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1987 and went on to receive his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1991. Mr. Graham is currently an active member of the Dallas Bar Association and the Texas Bar association.
- Workers' Compensation
- Personal Injury
- Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
My office will give you an initial free phone consultation to evaluate your claim and advise you of your legal rights.
In claims involving negligence for personal injury, my office will not collect a fee up front. We will prosecute your claim and obtain a fee when the claim is settled or tried to a verdict.
Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
In workers' compensation claims, the lawyer's fee is paid out of the claimant's income benefits by the workers' compensation insurance. The attorney fee is not collected directly from the injured worker. Consult with attorney for more specific details on the fee arrangement.
- English: Spoken, Written
- Spanish: Spoken
- The Injured Workers' Lawyer since 1997!
- University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
- J.D. | Law
- Texas Bar Association
- Dallas Bar Association
- Board Certified Workers' Compensation
- Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
- Q. The report from the IR reviewDr was delivered the same day as my hearing. Didn’t get to read it. How is this legal?
- A: If the report was not timely exchanged before the hearing, you could have objected to the admission of this exhibit. It's not dirty pool in my opinion. The lawyer probably just got the report. His duty to his client is to try to get it into the trial. It's your job to object to the admission of this exhibit because it was not timely exchanged.
- Q. I recently got hurt at work I'm on light duty at the moment. Is my position protected?
- A: If your claim is in Texas, Walmart no longer carries workers' compensation through the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' compensation. They are nonsubscribers to workers' comp. Walmart has it's own private insurance. I believe your employer can permanently change your job in most cases. I would check with a labor and employment law attorney. Your employer can't change your position as a punishment for filing a job injury, but this is difficult to prove the motive.
- Q. Work Comp Peer Review says surgery, but they won't approve pre-auth for it. What do I do?
- A: The adjuster on your file does not have medical training so whether the surgery is reasonable and necessary is subcontracted out to medical specialist that determine whether the requested procedure meets ODG guidelines. If the LHL-009 (Request for IRO) is not successful, then I would recommend you put the procedure on private health. You do have the right to have a hearing but these are almost never done due to the difficulty of actually winning after the IRO says your surgery is not reasonable.
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