I was injured in MD. I've got ddd, facet joint arthritis, constant deep muscle spasms, and ruptured ligaments, which arent healing due to the spasms.
I've passed MMI, got physical restrictions, and an FCE which places me at part-time light work with multiple functional defecits, no standing / walking over 10 minutes, no sitting over 20 minutes without position changes. I've got a good pain management doctor, and am currently going through vocational rehab. I was fairly well paid before, around 28/hour, and voc rehab councilor (contracted through the IC) wants me to go back to work as a part time security guard or other entry level position making in the 9 - 10 dollar an hour range.
I am curious about how the wage differential is dealt with in maryland. Comparing the hours from full time to part time, and the huge gap in salary, I stand to take an 84% paycut. I've searched the MD WCC website, but found no information as far as wage differential.
How does it deal with the wage differential?
Is it paid for a certain number of months, or for life?
Is any award from wage differential going to interfere or coincide with my Permanent total or permanent partial compensation?
Are these usually done as Lump sum or as a structured payout?
Once I finish up with voc rehab, approximately how long can I expect the final strech of this WC case to take?
Is there anything else between Voc rehab and then the final permenancy hearing?
I know the formula associated with determining PPD amounts / weeks etc, but am clueless as to wage differential, and I believe that the wage differential will play a huge part in this due to the amount of the paycut.
I'm not sure if I will be perm total or partial yet, but my orthopedist stated that I wouldn't be capable of going back to suitable gainful employment.
Thanks in advance for any advice / help / suggestions, and best of luck to all of you.