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My hubby hurt his back on the job on 4/14/10, 1st back surgery 6/14/10, 2nd one 3/123/11. He was pronounced MMI on 9/27/11 and referred to PM. At which point is our attorney to get on this and get it settled like he so pretty much said it would be settled by the end of the year or be in litigation by the end of the year. So far. . . . nothing. Anyone have any ideas, opinions, advice?
(12-05-2011, 12:18 PM)beckyandac Wrote: yes, he was rated 25% BAW as well as lifting, standing, walking and sitting restrictions.
The rating has little to do with the restrictions, although they pretty much accomplish the same thing.
In Alabama, for a PPD (permanent partial disability) the maximum number of weeks for benefits is 300. That means that 25% of the 300 weeks would limit the benefits to 75 weeks. So whatever the 66 2/3% of the AWW has been (the original TTD) would be paid over the 75 weeks.
As 1171 says, your attorney should schedule a hearing to negotiate a "cash buy out" of the weekly benefits. I promise you, though, any cash lump sum will be much less than the weekly $$ times the 75 weeks.
DISCLAIMER: I am not an attorney. While drawing from my professional training and experience in law enforcement and as a former Paralegal, no comments offered should be considered as legal advice.