My workers compensation claim was made in the State of : MASS
I was injured 3 years 11 months ago. I had my middle finger nearly completely amputated off ( it was hanging by a thread) and my ring finger ( both on my right hand) was also severed bad. I was rushed to a great hospital and they performed plastic surgery on me and reattatched my finger. for that i am FOREVER grateful.
the insurance company i dealt with from the begining was out to get me . ( of course) I got a lawyer and no progress was really made. after about 2 months and still in a cast i got a letter stating my doctor approved me to go back to work light duty. How do i do light duty when i am a LABORER. think construction type work. my employer offered me doing a job with NO HANDS. I refused ( i really couldnt go back yet ... i was still VERY injured) and they gave me 30 days to return or my position was terminated. (which i never returned and it was terminated).
Eventually with no progress my mental health started to go down the tubes. my case was going nowhere. and to top it off i lost my job. i was making NO MONEY anymore. and i never really heard from my lawyer again.
i put going to treatment on a hault for 3 years and now (to this date) im trying to obtain a imparement rating for my fingers . I have an appointment next week and have ZERO idea what to expect. Im back to work now and my finger does give me problems daily. its scared pretty bad around the whole finger where it was reattatched and the nail has a deadspot split in it where the chain saw severed it. IT gets very painful in the cold weather or when i try to grab anything too hard. the skin is very tender. As well it feels like theres a "pad" of scar tissue over the whole thing which inflames the whole finger. my finger is now permamently crooked - as well longer by a inch visably.
there is CLEARLY permament scaring / disfigurement there and imparement. what my rating is / will be i have ZERO clue.
my doctor charges $1,000 dollars for a imparement rating test.
Will the insurance company pay my lawyer 100% and I get my full settlement to myself or does he also get 1/3?
Im wondering if me getting so frusterated and haulting going to my doctor for so long will work against me? really with this injury TIME is what i needed to let the scar tissue heal . but at the time i was getting so frusterated i felt like nobody wanted to help me.
What should I expect? my lawyer is making ME pay the 1,000 and im nervous if ill even GET 1000$ total for this? I was in a cast for nearly 10 months! this really turned my life upside down. i wouldnt of had this injury done to me for 50,000$! it took me YEARS to get my life back together
any help insight would be GREATLY appreciated.
god bless you .