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  1. #1
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    Default How Much Will You Get for a Settlement After Back Surgery

    Got hurt on job in Jan, had surgery for Lumbar herniated disc L5 S1 in April,(this disc has done this twice but this was a new location and never used wc in past) I might go back to work in two weeks. How long will they take care of me medically? Ive heard rumors that they try to pay you off to sign a medical release when you go back to work. What should I expect and when? What is the average settlement for a disc microdisctemy? Ill never be right again. Sore every day. In PT now for two weeks so far and will stay there for as long as I can. Back gives out quick when I bend over or even brush teeth or lean over the sink to wash my hands. Should I stay out of work longer? Im a Carpenter so my work is tough. I dont know what to do or expect or Ill ever be right. How well should I feel before I go back to work? Thanks for any insight!
    John

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    Default Re: What and when to Expect Settlement After Back Surgery & Should I Go Back to Work

    you'll get treatment as long as you are in recovery.
    there are no published settlement figures to average.
    you need to find out more about the comp benefits in your state.
    generally the longer you are out of work the greater the financial loss you'll suffer.
    start here
    http://www.ic.nc.gov/faqs.html#claimsfaq
    you can request vocational rehabilitation help if you have to change occupations.
    http://www.ic.nc.gov/ncic/pages/rehabsum.htm

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    Default Re: What and when to Expect Settlement After Back Surgery & Should I Go Back to Work

    It is hard to answer all those questions on here. Go to the NC Industrial Commission web site and look at the FAQ there, and the Bulletin, which will give you some basic info.

    Medical coverage in an accepted case will continue for two years after the last payment of medical or indemnity benefits to you or on your behalf. In some cases, it can be extended to lifetime medical coverage. The wage loss checks---the "indemnity"--- will continue for so long as you are out of work due to the injury, and they may owe you some money for additional indemnity after you are fully healed and back to work.

    These are very simple answers to your questions. Your situation is actually much more complex that this. If you have any trouble with the claim you should consult with a qualified and competent NC workers' compensation lawyer. The NC State Bar web site has a directory of Specialists on it, and that is where you should look for a lawyer to help you. In the meantime I will be glad to try to answer any specific question you may have.

    Bob
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney at Law

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