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S. Michael Graham

S. Michael Graham

TEXAS BOARD CERTIFIED - WORKERS' COMPENSATION EXPERT
  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
  • Texas
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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.

Education
University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
J.D. | Law
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The Injured Workers' Lawyer since 1997!
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Board Certified Workers' Compensation
Texas Board Of Legal Specialization
Professional Associations
Texas Bar Association
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Dallas Bar Association
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Texas
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Fees
  • Free Consultation
    My office will give you an initial free phone consultation to evaluate your claim and advise you of your legal rights.
  • Contingent Fees
    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.
Practice Areas
    Workers' Compensation
    Personal Injury
    Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • Spanish: Spoken
Legal Answers
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.
Q. In Texas,on the job injury,must a ua be taken within 8 hours of the injury,for the rebuttable presumption ?
A: I am not aware of any 8 hour time frame. Usually, the further out the test is taken the more likely it is that you would be intoxicated. The drugs/alcohol will leave the system with time.
Q. If I return to full duty at work, is the responsibility of the insurance carrier over?
A: It is very difficult to prove a total keen replacement is due to your work related injury. You will need an expert medical opinion to state all the conditions for which you need the total knee replacement are a result of the work injury within a reasonable medical probability. If you prove this, then you would be entitled to off work benefits provided you have not already been placed at MMI or have reached statutory MMI.
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TX Board Certified Work Comp Attorney
8204 Elmbrook, Suite # 161
Dallas, TX 75247
Telephone: (214) 358-6060