I injured my back in sept. 2003 and started receiving WC pay. I was declared totally disabled in March 2006. I started receiving SSDI monthly and WC pay continued. I received my back pay etc. with no WC offset because of my Earnings. WC is now wanting to settle out. I had bigtime back surgery in Jan. 2006 and I currently go to Pain Management monthly where I receive my Narcotics and other medication for my chronic pain. I am scheduled for a Facet block May 15. My point is I am a man who lives with Chronic pain and I need advice on the bast way to settle with Workers Comp. of Louisiana. I am talking about future medical, the best alternative for settling out pay etc. etc.
I do have a lawyer, the same one I had for my SSDI case. He got 33% of my back pay but I am not crying about that because I had to have him. What do I need to look for to make sure I settle correctly finacially and medically? Should I go for a lump sum or what is best when dealing with Social Security? I am 49 years old.They did not get a offset originally but will a lump sum cause me problems with my SSDI?
Thanks for info. and advice in ADVANCE.