My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: North Dakota
hi everyone, if someone could give me some information i would be very grateful.
i was injured in september of 2011. i am a heavy equipment operator. i ran a scraper and was stopped because i was having problems with a hydraulic. a was rearended by another operator who was in 3rd gear when he hit me.
after going to the hospital i was diagnosed with a simple neck sprain (joke) i also had a huge baseball sized lump on the back of my neck.
my wc claim was accepted and received wage loss. i had an mri in november and i had DDD and DJD. with bone spurs, one of my discs was black and i had bone on bone rubbing in my neck.
i had a restudy done in december and my symptoms were worse and the new mri showed worsening bone spurs as well with the original diagnosis. i might add i was 26 at the time.
in January i was denied stating my original condition had resolved. some of my symptoms included and still include, terrible headaches that make me physically sick. horrible pain in my neck and shoulders, all the way to my fingers. lack of mobility in my neck to the left side, weakened strength in my left hand.
i got a lawyer and had my hearing in Oct with the ALJ. and it was overwhelming in my favor. now just waiting for the appeal time period to lapse and the decision will be final. (I should also note, the judge stated in her decision that my work comp benefits were taken away illegally without proper notification, what can be done about this?
my questions are, what to expect next. my annual salary was 100k. my wage loss benefits were the max allowed at 900/wk.
can anyone tell me an approx rating i could receive when i get the MMI. (surgeon told me i could have 3 fusions in my neck, but didnt want to since i am so young)
and since i have been without benefits for over 10 months, do they have to back pay me? (i figured it would be about 40K)
i have already been told i will never be allowed to operate heavy equipment again, and it does affect my driving ability. my lawyer stated i could be in the work comp cycle for the rest of my life.
any information that could help me with what i can expect to have happen, with settlement amounts realisticly. i did the calculator thing and i got numbers from 150k all the way to 500k. but i dont know if i will be permanently disabled or partially disabled
(my work restrictions limit me to basically nothing. no lifting over waist, no push pull over 50lbs, no sitting or standing for periods over 1hr at a time. small computer work if a system is ergonomically designed for my restrictions.)
i have been pretty distraught with my future career aspirations seemingly down the toilet. and the fact i may have to rely on WC for the rest of my life. and having a good paying job, now the max i was getting was 900 a week.
thank you in advance for taking the time to respond to my questions. i tried to be as specific as possible regarding my situation