Hi all.I am a new poster and was very happy to have discovered this site while on my quest for knowledge about NJ Worker's Comp.as it pertains to my own injury. My situation is quite complicated which I am beginning to think is more the norm,The condensed version is this. I am presently a 54 year old single female. I was injured in 1997 with herniated cervical discs, in and out of work on light duty. I settled the case in 1999 for 27% and received $32k. I returned to work only to have my condition worsen. I was put out of work permanently in 2001 and became penniless until I received permanent SS Disability benefits in 2003, after being turned down 2x's. I have severe neurological permanent injuries due to the deterioration of my discs. I lost my car, house, and became divorced during this time. A living nightmare I was living. I filed bankruptcy and became dependent upon my aging parents. I began re-opening my case in 2001, but prior to trial or settlement, I couldn't live any longer with the pain. I subsequently had a mult-level anterior spinal fusion with instrumentation in 2004. There was so much "crap" in between all this with my employer, the Drs. and my attorney that I cannot stand. He is someone that is supposed to be an advocate on my behalf that hasn't returned a call of mine nor have I heard from personally in 4 years. Believe me..if Iwere not so far into this mess, I'd fire him in a heartbeat. He is a lousy lawyer and what's more I know for a fact that he is good friends with the opposing lawyer to the point that they golf together. It all makes me sick. The last letter I got from him was in Sept. of 2007 stating that he was filing a motion to put me into the Second Injury Fund. He stated that he was doing this because if he did not, opposing counsel would do so anyway. Apparently, what I consider insignificant, minor physical impairments qualify me to join this fund. I was pissed off because basically from what I have learned about the Second Injury Fund is that it lets the employer off the hook for the permanent injuries and the fund picks up the tab for life. It's bizarre. Does anyone have any experience with this fund? How does it impact SS benefits? And why in the world is this taking so long to settle? I have finished all the physical IME's and even two Psychiatric evaluations 2 years ago. What is the time frame between filing a motion for the Second Injury fund and it reaching a settlement/ And after all is said and done is it wise to file a complaint against my attorney? Sorry this is so long, not my intention. It sure feels good to vent though.