I'm grateful for this site. Thank you in advance! My son has RSD/CRPS as a result of surgery for a broken foot that happened at work in 2005. He has been on crutches (unable to bear weight in addition to other RSD/CRPS symptoms) since 2006. He has lost use of his limb entirely and has consequential injuries due to use of crutches for that extended period. He is nearing MMI declaration. His attorney is suggesting a settlement demand amount that he/we consider insufficient considering the loss of use of an entire limb and the limitations incurred. In fact, we've inquired about amputation so he could potentially be fitted with a prosthesis and get on with his life (he has two young children). We were told that amputation would not remedy the condition because it is neurological so he is stuck with an unusable limb and pain that is incurable.
How are values for such injuries determined? Are there tables for that or is it dependent on previous wage amounts? Is the WC claim the only suit that can be filed? I've read about tort actions. What are those? Is there any way to get a legal second opinion of this attorney's handling of the case without paying an attorney's regular hourly rate? I'll stop rambling and await insights and advice. Thanks much!