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Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - samistheman - 10-15-2012

Okay, I know that every case is different, and there is no way to get an exact number, but I'm just trying to get a ball park of percentage total injury for a NJ work comp case. I have been waiting a long time just to get to my first court appearance, and I wanted to see what others thought. Here is what I have:
2 cervical herniated discs that they are strongly recommending surgery (I do not want to do a fusion) with loss of use of non-dominate arm and hand. Shoulder soft tissue injury with no RC tears (bursitus and inflammation on the MRI). I have had significant depression (confirmed by WC doctor as well) with an aggravation of a previous anxiety issue.

Would anyone venture a guess?
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Also, thank you to everyone who has contributed on this site. It has been a great reference for me Smile


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - jayne - 10-15-2012

depends which 2 as each one controls different parts of the body.You havent said anything about cervical headaches so count yourself a very lucky person.Surgery is a last option as I havent spoke to anyone who has had a good outcome to a cervical fusion to include myself.


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - samistheman - 10-16-2012

c4/c5 and c5/c6. The headaches are not that bad for me, and yes I count myself very very lucky. I try to look at the positive now instead of the negative (that's the best we can all do, right?).

The compression does cause some moderate numbness in the hand and arm.

Does this help at all with a guesstimate?

Once again, any help would be appreciated Smile
Oh, and I tried the cervical epidural steroid injections, and they only worked for a week each (that's why they want to cut me open, but I'm still saying no).


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - 1171 - 10-16-2012

(10-16-2012, 11:03 AM)samistheman Wrote: c4/c5 and c5/c6. The headaches are not that bad for me, and yes I count myself very very lucky. I try to look at the positive now instead of the negative (that's the best we can all do, right?).

The compression does cause some moderate numbness in the hand and arm.

Does this help at all with a guesstimate?

Once again, any help would be appreciated Smile
Oh, and I tried the cervical epidural steroid injections, and they only worked for a week each (that's why they want to cut me open, but I'm still saying no).

what rating guidelines does new jersey use?
it's difficult enough with one body part but is impossible try to combine multiple ones


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - samistheman - 10-16-2012

In NJ, they use their own schedule of disability (http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/forms_pdfs/wc/pdf/2011_schedule.pdf for year 2011). Is there another general guideline that other states use?


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - 1171 - 10-16-2012

(10-16-2012, 11:37 AM)samistheman Wrote: In NJ, they use their own schedule of disability (http://lwd.dol.state.nj.us/labor/forms_pdfs/wc/pdf/2011_schedule.pdf for year 2011). Is there another general guideline that other states use?

that's the payment conversion table not the rating guide.
you need to know how the doctors determine the impairment percentage; what standards, measurements, factors are used to calculate the original rating.
there are a number of rating guides or systems. some states use their own. others use the AMA or others the ODG.
ratings are very complex.
have you discussed this with your doctor or atty?


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - jayne - 10-16-2012

Okay for the failed surgery for the same discs on me they offered 3 thousand dollars.Then I got to go a year with no money from them whatsoever while we fought that.If you refuse surgery they will put you at MMI and close out your case,if you allow the surgery one by one your discs will fail from the weight of the ones you fuse the Drs or the lawyers win here you lose either way.As a failed cervical fusion patient I will tell you I got less than a week of relief from the headaches and I believe that was from the heavy duty drugs given during and after the surgery NOT the surgery there are several of us on here that have had this same surgery,Cervical fusion,Bummer knees ask them both they will tell you the same stay out of the surgery room if you can.


RE: Percentage herniated discs w/depression NJ - samistheman - 12-10-2012

Thank you Jayne. You have made me feel better about refusing the surgery at least. Half of the doctors are really pushing it on me, but I had a distant (non-blood) family member who had the surgery and had some major issues (staff infection/etc). I did do one epidural steroid injection, and got relief for 1 week. Not worth the risk if you ask me. I am going to wait to be out of WC and then try a really good chiropractor (the WC carrier allowed 5 visits to their chiropractor and it seemed to help just as much as the steroid injection without the possibility of puncturing my spinal cord).

And for 1171's comments, I guess I will get with my attny about that. Right now he is fighting a claim of depression for me. It seems that the lawyers from the insurance's side seem to think that it is unusual for people to fall into depression when they get a debilitating injury and can no longer function fully the same or sleep the same.

If I get any updates, I will post them. Thank you all for your help, and I hope you all get some comfort soon.