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Case reopened in 2018 in the State of Arizona. What should I expect after surgery?
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I was injured in 2003 by a cervical spine injury. I had a second surgery in
July of 2018. The newly installed hardware failed after three months.
About the time I had the surgery my original attorney died. It sent his
organization into confusion. I found a different attorney and he advised me to have a third surgery while my case was still open. I had a third surgery in June of 2020. My doctor of record retired in December of 2018, so it was performed by a new neurosurgeon. I had old hardware removed from C-7 to C-2. I am
trying to recover although I still have a lot of pain.

What should I expect next?

I have been disabled since the original accident in 2003. I am now 68 years old and in poor health generally. I have had no earned income since the accident in 2003. I received a small lump sum award after the second surgery. My monthly benefit amount was increased.

Do I qualify for any future settlement? I don't know what to expect next?
The award handed down by the Industrial Commission said I was to receive
benefits until which time I became medically stationary. Will my benefits end at that time.

I do not hear anything from my attorney and I can't get a sit-down appointment with him. I am confused as to what I should do?

Can you enlighten me?

Thank you,
Kellie
 
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(07-30-2020, 02:37 PM)Kellie Wrote: I was injured in 2003 by a cervical spine injury. I had a second surgery in
July of 2018. The newly installed hardware failed after three months.
About the time I had the surgery my original attorney died. It sent his
organization into confusion. I found a different attorney and he advised me to have a third surgery while my case was still open. I had a third surgery in June of 2020. My doctor of record retired in December of 2018, so it was performed by a new neurosurgeon. I had old hardware removed from C-7 to C-2. I am
trying to recover although I still have a lot of pain.

What should I expect next?

I have been disabled since the original accident in 2003. I am now 68 years old and in poor health generally. I have had no earned income since the accident in 2003. I received a small lump sum award after the second surgery. My monthly benefit amount was increased.

Do I qualify for any future settlement? I don't know what to expect next?
The award handed down by the Industrial Commission said I was to receive
benefits until which time I became medically stationary. Will my benefits end at that time.

I do not hear anything from my attorney and I can't get a sit-down appointment with him. I am confused as to what I should do?

Can you enlighten me?

Thank you,
Kellie

permanent impairment benefits are based on the extent of your disability as rated by a physician. talk to your doctor about any changes to your disability since your second surgery and your long term medical treatment needs. this discussion should be included in their report to the carrier.
Have you discussed your case with the adjuster?
has the second atty filed to replace the first atty and represent you?
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THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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Glad the nformation was helpful.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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