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Settlement Value
I severely injured my back in May of 2013
Within hours I was at an emergency clinic
Given painkillers and steroids, X-ray indicated most likely
ruptured disks, MRI's ordered, MRI revealed severely ruptured disks
at L3-L4 L4-L5 with severe stenoisis and surgical consult recommended.
Report had comment that surgical consult was a mistake. Referred to Orthopedist
Physical therapy started as well as two epidurals. Three months after injury
I woke up with a partially paralyzed left foot, Orthopedist immediately referred me to
a surgeon, saw the surgeon who immediately ordered another MRI and EMG
MRI showed that the Disk nucleus had exploded into my spinal canal and
the surgeon suggested immediate surgery. EMG showed nerve damage and I was fitted
for a leg brace so I could walk.
I had surgery a week later. This was followed by
another round of PT. I have been granted total disability by SSA and am collecting
SSA disability. I was granted a permanent disability placard for my car from the state
of New Jersey I still have quite a bit of pain and greatly reduced mobility.
After extensive PT I was able to ditch the leg brace but still have to be careful
when walking so I don't trip over my own feet.
I can't stay in the same position for very long. If I sit for an hour or so when I stand
up it takes me some time to straighten up and walk.
The doctors say there is nothing more they can do for me
All of the above was paid for by WC as well as them
sending me bi-weekly checks for 75% of my salary.
There is no dispute about the facts here.
It's 14 months later now and I am entering the final stages of my settlement
process. What should I expect as a fair settlement?
I was 58 when injured and will not be able to work again
expect disability based on a physician's impairment rating and future medical care as needed.
whether you are found permanently totally disabled depends on the medical evidence.
if you wish a lumpsum buyout of these benefits, you should consult an atty specializing in workers compensation to help you calculate their value.
more on new jersey worker's comp benefits here
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