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    Default What Settlement to Expect After an Epicondylectomy (Elbow Tendon)

    I got hurt on April 4Th of 07,Have been getting WC each week,had Surgery on May the 22 and going to therpery...Im better but still have pain in my elbow and hand..Does anyone have a guess what I can expect as a settelment from Accident Fund Of Mi,..Oh by the way Im a truck driver living in Missouri,working for a company in Mi.
    Should I take what they offer the 1st time or should I get a lawyer.At this time I dont have a lawyer...Anyones help would be great.....

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    Default Re: Epicondylectomy(Elbow Tendon)

    Get an attorney board certified as a WC specialist. Otherwise expect to receive a very low ball offer on any PD settlement. A good WC attorney can help you learn legal and ethical ways to increase the value of the PD portion of your WC claim. Even though the WC claim has apparently gone well for you so far the PD portion of your settlement is NOT a road to be traveled alone.

    Steel
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    Take Care and Be Well.

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    Default Re: Epicondylectomy(Elbow Tendon)

    Do I have to get lawyer from Mi...or should I get one from Missouri?...

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    Default Re: Epicondylectomy(Elbow Tendon)

    Which state is your WC claim filed in? That is the state that the attorney must be licensed to practice law in. Be sure as you shop for attorney's to only consult with one's that are board certified as WC specialists. General PI attorneys just do not handle enough WC claims to keep up dated on the procedures and will not service your claim the way a BCS WC attorney will.
    "He who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client"
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    Take Care and Be Well.

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    Default Re: Epicondylectomy(Elbow Tendon)

    Thank you for replying to my prior quesitons. Since you were so kind to reply before, I hope you don't mind if I asked another. I talked to an attorney's assistant who told me that once I was released to go back to work without restrictions, there would be no "settlement." Like I said in the earlier post, I am from MO. My wife had an injury in the early 1990's (before we met) that required surgery and weeks of lost work. She got weekly comp checks, plus a cash settlement once she was released from the doctor and allowed to go back to work. I know WC laws vary from state to state, but doesn't MI WC offer some kind of settlement to injured workers?

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    Default Re: Epicondylectomy(Elbow Tendon)

    In addition to loss of wages michigan allows payments for the loss of specific body parts look for the specific loss table on their website
    http://www.michigan.gov/wca

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    Default Re: Epicondylectomy(Elbow Tendon)

    Mike, once you have been declared MMI (Maximum Medical Improvement), you will be evaluated to determine what, if any, Permanent Disability you may have. Usually, this is based on "Objective Factors", such as reproducible loss of Range of Motion, sensory/motor deficits, if any, and so forth. Also, there may be recommendations for Future Medical treatment, another VERY important benefit.

    Until you reach MMI status, it will be difficult to determine if you have any residual Permanent Disability, and what your Future Medical needs will be. The fact that you may be able to return to your usual and customary job is NOT determinative of residual impairment/Permanent Disability.

    The issue of PD should be discussed with your ATTORNEY.

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    Default Re: What Settlement to Expect After an Epicondylectomy (Elbow Tendon)

    Hello Mike,
    I just had the same surgery from a injury on Nov 24th. I was wondering how you made out? So far the insurance company has been pretty good about weekly compensation,but the doctors even being optimistic about my recovery dont think I'll ever be 100%. So if you could update your status I would really appreciate it. Thanks, Don

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    Default Re: What Settlement to Expect After an Epicondylectomy (Elbow Tendon)

    Im still in pain dayley,,and taking pain meds,,Do you have a lawter?...I dont yet,,but I got to come to Mi..after the 1st of the year for a dr appointment they set up..I cant do to much with my right arm let alone drive a big truck like a used to...Im slowley going broke,,,,Hope you have a merry CHRISTmas...Mike

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    Default Re: What Settlement to Expect After an Epicondylectomy (Elbow Tendon)

    Hi guys I had both golfers and tennis elbow and the ulnar nerve on my dominant arm it took a good therapist and me doing my excercises but I am doing well I still have tennis elbow but I think it's a new injury from the shoulder surgery. I was rated 5% in WI with a payout somewhere around 6000. That was standard for elbows. because the IC paid everything including the MMI I chose not to get a lawyer and share, I am not saying that's the best route for you. I did talk to one but he said as long as they were paying all medical and weekly checks he would stay out of it as not take away from my final payment. Now I wish I could say the same for my shoulder this has been nothing short of a nightmare. Good Luck remember in WI a lawyer will not even take your case till your reach MMI cause they take it based on what their % on the payout will be for example on that 5% they would have only made 300. so I would have not found a lawyer too even look at my case.It all depends in this state on your rating. or a pro bono lawyer I have filled out every online form and called 100's and no one will talk to me now till I am rated for my shoulder and currently all medical and payments have been stopped the only advise I have been given is to start the appeals process because the hearing can take a year to get the MMI usually is within 6 months so I can probably hook a lawyer up and have the hearing scheduled for them. Funny I do their leg work.
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