Well as some of your well know I've dropped a couple of prior posts here regarding my situation. I appreciate the answers I'm given and am content at the time. THEN I do some more research and things become unclear and more questions arise. All throughout my research I'm looking potentially for ONE answer. As you may expect that question is "What is a reasonable expectation as far as monetary compensation for my injury?" I fully understand that it would be "foolish" for anyone to throw numbers out there and what not but it's amazing all the relevant information I am finding on the internet but I can not find anything regarding someones personal experience and their compensation.
I've read so many things that contradict each other. I just really want to figure out something that gives me a semi-clear view. A few things that confuse me are..
1) It all starts at "the chart"..in NJ...let's take the leg for example. According to 2010's chart, 30% disability of the leg is listed as 94.5 weeks/$20,979. Ok, sooooo...If I were to be established at 30%..is that it? Point blank?...$20,979/94.5=$222/week for 94.5 weeks??
Is that it. NOTHING else is relevant? It would take me endless hours to try and cite my sources but through my numerous hours of research somewhere along the line I read in a few place that your "award" also is determined by your "REC" (reduced earning capacty). Or in other words, the award is supposed to ALSO compensate you for you not being able to "do the job" you were previously doing. That is definetely my case.
Also does anyone know about OSCAR? The apparent computer program used to determine WC benefits in NJ. Is OSCAR still used?
I could go on and on with all the things I've found that contradict themselves but instead I will just ask...Does anyone have any personal experiences/knowledge about how your PPD award is determined?? Again I understand it's not a great idea to throw numbers out there but I would still appreciate it and would take it to heart. I dont know if I'm looking at $4,000 or $66,000...anyyyyyyyyy type of ballpark number with basis would truly and honestly be appreciated. I will include that my injury is in fact in NJ, of the leg (knee/ACL), and my lawyer said "i can see 30%"
Of course I know asking my lawyer is my best resolve but this man is hard to get a hold of. I'm waiting on a call back from him and I'vd like 2nd and 3rd person input also....thanks guys