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Fractured Hip/just want to ask a couple questions
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Hello. I live in Arizona. I am a 51 year old female. I fell at work in June of this year. I fractured my left hip. The doctor said it was a severe break and I was transferred by ambulance from one hospital to another which had a specialist. I was placed in traction and had surgery the next day. They placed pins and screws in it, and said that I will probably have to have a total hip replacement in 10-20 years. I was in the hospital for 4 days, then came home to no physical therapy. I am currently on no w eight bearing on my left leg until my follow up appointment, at which time I will see if I am allowed to start walking on it. I hop on one leg with assistance from my walker.
I am getting workman's compensation payments. My family keeps telling me I need a lawyer. I am unsure. I talked with one lawyer who said he was interested in taking my case. I keep thinking, what case? Do I need to sue if I am getting workers's comp. payments? One lawyer told me I cannot sue or anything anyway if I am receiving workman's comp payments. My 2 main concerns are: 1). If/when I need to have a hip replacement down the line, possibly years from now, will my workman's comp. still be responsible for paying for the surgery? 2) I am worried about work. I currently am a k-5 after school teacher, plus I work in the preschool/childcare part of my work. In the childcare part, it is very physically demanding. I have no idea if I am able to do the same line of work. I really don't know , but a fractured hip is pretty serious and I am unsure if I will be 100% from now on. I keep reading on here about partial and total permanent disabilities. I am sure I will heal, but maybe not to my full capacity? also take care of my cognitively and partially sighted adult child. I read about being able to settle a case for a lump sum amount. With my daughter depending on me, settling seems to be a route I should at least investigate. I am just not sure about any of this. It all scares and confuses me. Yes, I am still under a doctor's care and my case is probably nowhere near being over or settled. Can anyone talk to me about anything? Do I need a lawyer? Should I just ride it out and see? Does anyone know of any stats that says people with hip fractures can go on to live normal lives? Anything and any advice will be taken into consideration and appreciated. Thank you!!!!
 
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#2
You can't bring a civil suit but you can have legal representation to monitor the activities.
Yes as long as there no other intervening cause for the replacement. Comp only covers this injury.
Serious injuries often leave the worker with permanent impairment. Many workers have to change jobs. Talk to you employer about modified or alternative work options. Arizona workers comp does have some vocational rehabilitation benefits. See the link below.
Being scared, confused and unknowledgable about the value of a settlement are all good reasons to hire a atty that specializes in workers comp settlements.
While an atty will represent you, they won,t explain the system or teach you how It works; clients often have little or no contact after the initial visit.
Links to the ombudsman and general help and information here:
https://www.azica.gov/divisions/claims-division
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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#3
I appreciate it. Thank you for the response.
 
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#4
You're welcome. I hope it helps.
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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(08-01-2017, 01:30 AM)1171 Wrote: You're welcome. I hope it helps.

It does. Thanks.
 
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(07-31-2017, 09:05 PM)241050 Wrote: Hello. I live in Arizona. I am a 51 year old female. I fell at work in June of this year. I fractured my left hip. The doctor said it was a severe break and I was transferred by ambulance from one hospital to another which had a specialist. I was placed in traction and had surgery the next day. They placed pins and screws in it, and said that I will probably have to have a total hip replacement in 10-20 years. I was in the hospital for 4 days, then came home to no physical therapy. I am currently on no w eight bearing on my left leg until my follow up appointment, at which time I will see if I am allowed to start walking on it. I hop on one leg with assistance from my walker.
I am getting workman's compensation payments. My family keeps telling me I need a lawyer. I am unsure. I talked with one lawyer who said he was interested in taking my case. I keep thinking, what case? Do I need to sue if I am getting workers's comp. payments? One lawyer told me I cannot sue or anything anyway if I am receiving workman's comp payments. My 2 main concerns are: 1). If/when I need to have a hip replacement down the line, possibly years from now, will my workman's comp. still be responsible for paying for the surgery? 2) I am worried about work. I currently am a k-5 after school teacher, plus I work in the preschool/childcare part of my work. In the childcare part, it is very physically demanding. I have no idea if I am able to do the same line of work. I really don't know , but a fractured hip is pretty serious and I am unsure if I will be 100% from now on. I keep reading on here about partial and total permanent disabilities. I am sure I will heal, but maybe not to my full capacity? also take care of my cognitively and partially sighted adult child. I read about being able to settle a case for a lump sum amount. With my daughter depending on me, settling seems to be a route I should at least investigate. I am just not sure about any of this. It all scares and confuses me. Yes, I am still under a doctor's care and my case is probably nowhere near being over or settled. Can anyone talk to me about anything? Do I need a lawyer? Should I just ride it out and see? Does anyone know of any stats that says people with hip fractures can go on to live normal lives? Anything and any advice will be taken into consideration and appreciated. Thank you!!!!
 
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