I was injured more than 2 years ago. I have had an AME rule that I have 30% disability, permanent and stationary, and have had 3 surgeries to implant a spinal cord stimulator which will be implanted for life. My physician and the AME have agreed that I won't be able to return to my profession. My lawyer retired and recommended a new lawyer, who so far, is pretty useless at providing information, so basically I need to know- what happens next?
I am requesting future medical- I am in my early 30s. I also need to retrain for a new career. I have applied for medical retirement at the advice of my physician and pain management doctors- but it can take up to a year to receive approval for the medical retirement.
What kind of steps are typical at this point? I don't really know what to expect- should it take long for a settlement once the AME report makes it to the worker's comp board? What determines if I get a lump sum settlement, or what percentage of settlement I will receive? How long does the finalization of a case typically take once an AME has rendered the P&S verdict? TY!