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    ryan Guest

    Default Disability Settlement for a permanent eye injury

    in 2002 i had an injury at work where i nearly lost my eye, the forein object was removed and i kept the eye but lost the vision, workmans comp payed all bills, reimbursed for lost time and gas mileage. now there offering a settlement that sounds good, but i really need to know does north carolina have standards for disability settlements that are specific to the body part injured, and are the workers wages calculated into this ? any help would be appreciated, i really need the money but dont want to get screwed either

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    sh Guest

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    Permanent Impairment benefits are specified by state statute. Disability rating is a complex process. Here's a link to North Carolia's rating guide. http://www.comp.state.nc.us/ncic/pages/ratinggd.htm
    For more details you can discuss the process with an ombudsman.
    http://www.comp.state.nc.us/ncic/pages/ombudsmn.htm

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    lawyer Guest

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    You should check out the NC workers comp site.
    Hire a lawyer.

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    Default Re: Disability Settlement for a permanent eye injury

    Ryan, take the rating guideline document from the web site to your eye doctor and ask him to give you an "impairment rating" for your eye using the Commission's "rating guidelines." That will then convert to a certain amount of money for you for the damage to your eye and vision.

    However, if you are unable to go back to work because of this injury, then you may be entitled to a lot more money than the rating provides. If that is your situation, I suggest you see a lawyer who is a Certified Specialist in Workers' Compensation Law for a full evaluation of your case. The Specialists are all listed on the web site for the NC State Bar. (NOT the NC Bar Association site).

    The insurance company will probably not volunteer to pay you more than the bare minimum they can get away with, so the only way you will get justice is to get help from a good lawyer.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney at Law

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    Wink Re: Disability Settlement for a permanent eye injury

    I had a similar injury to my eye. This was over a year ago and things are still going though the system. You NEED to get a workmanís comp lawyer. My old employer (where the injury occurred) are not the people you are going to be dealing with. Itís going to be their insurance companyís lawyers who you are going to battle with. I have had to see 4 different eye specialists and had to fight appeals by them until I was finally given a PPD (permanent partial disability) of 14%. Each % is around $1500 here in Nevada. Now because of my injury I can no longer use my class A CDL. So I was out of work. NOW we are battling over them paying to re-train me in another position or buy me out of the rehab portion of my lawsuit. Donít expect things to go fast. Get a lawyer ASAP! They will try everything they can not to pay you a cent! If you need to know more, contact me and I will explain what I know a little better.



    thats not a wink, that just how i look at people now

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    Wink Re: Disability Settlement for a permanent eye injury

    Quote Quoting tuttlj85 View Post
    I had a similar injury to my eye. This was over a year ago and things are still going though the system. You NEED to get a workmanís comp lawyer. My old employer (where the injury occurred) are not the people you are going to be dealing with. Itís going to be their insurance companyís lawyers who you are going to battle with. I have had to see 4 different eye specialists and had to fight appeals by them until I was finally given a PPD (permanent partial disability) of 14%. Each % is around $1500 here in Nevada. Now because of my injury I can no longer use my class A CDL. So I was out of work. NOW we are battling over them paying to re-train me in another position or buy me out of the rehab portion of my lawsuit. Donít expect things to go fast. Get a lawyer ASAP! They will try everything they can not to pay you a cent! If you need to know more, contact me and I will explain what I know a little better.



    thats not a wink, that just how i look at people now
    tuttlej, hello i'm pretty sure this thread is four years old. i don't think you'll get a response !

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    Default Re: Disability Settlement for a permanent eye injury

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious! I posted it to put more information out there to help people who are looking for help. I know when I was looking for answers thereís not allot of information around. Are you 4 years old? And my name is tuttlj85.

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