I'm in Oregon. I had a knee injury in January, had arthroscopic surgery, and then physical therapy. I have been working on light duty almost the whole time.
The physical therapy kept the knee from rusting up, but I still had pain and was weak. So my doctor sent me to a 4 week program for "work hardening" to strengthen my leg and help with pain management. I have to say I have learned a lot and strengthened the knee, and I feel ready to go back to regular work. The 4 weeks is up, and tomorrow (Monday) I go back to my doctor and I expect he will say I am medically stationary. The place where I have been going for work hardening has told me they would like me to continue attending further sessions beyond what the doctor specified, but I don't feel the need.
I believe that when I have official paperwork that says I can go back to work, I will be laid off at my construction job, as most of the people have been already. Then I would be looking at unemployment benefits.
I have been told by someone who has a similar injury, that there is $8000 set aside for each injured worker if they don't blow it, that they will be paid. It seems that more sessions at the place where I did the work hardening would be deducted from that. I have also been told that once I am medically stationary, I go to a lawyer that is free to me, to advise me what to do next.
Does this guy know what he's talking about?
Who would pay that money?
If he doesn't know what he's talking about, does it sound sort of like something that does make sense?
Where would I find that lawyer?