Since I am only licensed in California, I can only state the laws of this jurisdiction regarding Workers' Compensation (WC). For more general information please see this web site's information on WC. The answer to your question is that a good, competent WC attorney will handle everything for the client. That includes all the things you mentioned. If your current attorney is not doing these things, you have a right to fire him/her and retain another. Do this!!! If your state is like California, then it regulates the total amount that the WC attorney can take from the settlement. It is something like 15% (I think,not sure. I know it is low compared to personal injury amounts which range from 40-50%). So you really have nothing to lose by retaining another attorney. Good luck!
Mark B. Replogle