Originally Posted by lefthanded
jbcodora . . .
Sounds like you are stuck in a rather average scenario, I am afraid. I have no background or experience in Ohio claims, Ohio comp law, or how your medical care is controlled in Ohio. I hate to say this, but if you have not begun the interview process to find the best comp attorney you can, it might be time to get started.
In my experience I have had young injured workers get the surgery and do well. That said, the surgery is a risk, and not everyone has a good enough outcome to return to their job of injury. Your IME experience, I am afraid, is pretty typical. There was a time when that was not always the case, but tightening budgets have led to the use of "hired guns' to help in claim closure.
As to what to expect, I can not really help you there. I suggest you get as familiar with the comp laws of Ohio as you possibly can and get a good attorney. Why, if you have an attorney, you ask, should you know a little about the law? So you can monitor your attorney! A good one will appreciate that you have tried to educate yourself, but a poor comp attorney will be like a full-time job for you. And you will have a better understanding of how w/c coverage works. Most injured worker frustrations come from a lack of understanding on what comp is . . . and isn't.
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Thanks for the feed back you guys! I do have an attorney btw. Today i recieved notification from workmens comp and as I figured the dr says I have reached my Maximum medical Improvement. But he claims he looked at all my xrays, MRI emg's and all that, but not only did I not take any with me, my dr did not send them over, the dr also told me during the check up he did not have any.
I called my workmens comp lady and she told me that I have to go to another hearing infront of the Industrial Commision of ohio and they will determine if I should continue to recieve temporary total disability pay. She also said she does not personally think I have reached my MMI but she has to file this bc of guidelines. I had a hearing with the industrial commision in june were they approved the Lumbar Discongenic Disease onto my claim.
So now I am just curious, if they cut off my Temp total disability what happens. I know that I could still go back to work if my employer will work with in my restrictions which is very very very limited. But I am curious how do I know if I am eligable for working wage loss? when I originally hurt my back I went from bringing home $1100 a week to bring home 320 so I eventually got working wage loss up until the time my dr took me off work. So I am hoping that means I am eligable for it still, and I hope that it does not make me eneligable to recieve it again. Also I know there is a thing called Non-working wage loss, so if they take my temporary total away and my employer will not allow me to go back to work does this mean they will still pay me through non working wage loss?
I know a settlement is something that will eventually happen, and at this point I almost just want to do it. The thing holding me back is my child. When this accident happend my son was 4 months old, now he is 19 months old. It is very sad what limitation this injury has caused me with bonding with my child. I cannot play with my kid like most fathers do, I cannot hold him for more than a minute or two at a time. Things like taking my kid to the zoo or the park is another thing I do rarely because when I have done these things I have problems doing anytihng for a few days.
I am just curious if anyone knows what kind of settlement I could possible expect? I know that I have been told I will probably need 2-3 epidurals a year in two different locations, ontop of dr appointments every 6 weeks due to federal laws on opiate perscriptions. Of course perscriptioins as well. I just dont know if that is all they put into these settlements, or if they look at your finances. Like I said before I made between $50,000- and $62,000 in the 2 years prior to my injury.
This system is just criminal, the fact that they pay these hired gun dr's and expect people to jsut take the determination is criminal!! It is criminal I didnt do anything wrong, my employers neglagence put me here. And now after BWC in ohio's coin gate disaster, they are trying to increase their margins but what they are doing is destroying lives in the process.