I spoke with my attorney the other day and am not really happy. I'm hoping anyone that reads this can offer me their opinion.
In 2006 I suffered a back injury at work that stopped me from working. After a year of Physical Therapy and other treatment my doctor recommended an L5-S1 spinal fusion. The WC insurance company requested an IME which determined that I did not need a surgery and could return to work immediately, thus ending my WC benefits.
I had the surgery in late 2007, followed by a few months of Physical Therapy. I was ultimately released from my doctors care with a "light-duty" designation for work.
I applied for and received Social Security Disability in 2008 and still receive it now. I attempted to return to work through the SS Right-to-Work program in 2010, and was unable to work for more than 6 months.
As of today, I am unemployed and receiving SS Disability payments.
My attorney has given me the following details on the current settlement negotiations.
1. Approximately $50,000 for injury to man as whole
2. Backpay of TTD checks and unpaid medical bills from date of the IME to my doctor's release after the surgery (6 months)
So, I'm looking at under $70,000 cash, minus attorney fees.
Is that really low or am I unrealistic?