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    Default Career Firefighter With a Knee Injury Requiring Knee Replacement

    I am a 45 year old career firefighter with the city. I fell while getting dressed for a motor vehicle accident call while on duty. I reported the accident and went to the city doctor. I have been placed on no duty, crutches and a knee brace. An MRI showed that I tore the Lateral and medial meniscus on the left knee. I went to an Orthopedic Surgeon yesterday and was informed that on top of the torn meniscus I also have tendonitis, osgood shlatters (childhood), osteoarthritis, the femur and tibula are bone on bone as well as the patella and excessive fluid. The surgeon said that the meniscus tears could have been caused by the fall but it only exacerbated the other injuries. I was told that he could scope my knee, drain fluids and set me up on a schedule for pain management. This was a temporary fix and did not know how long it would work. He, the surgeon, said knee replacement was needed for a permanent fix. As of today Feb 11, 2014, I am getting a new brace and have a follow up appointment in 3 weeks.

    My questions are:

    1. Will workmans comp pay for knee replacement, since the other treatments are a temporary fix, and some of the other issues were preexisting not related to the fall injury?

    2. I am a firefighter with 8 years in the department, is my career over, can I be terminated, what if any disability if I am let go.

    3. Do I need an attorney?

    Im in the dark and nervous about this, any help would be greatly appreciated. I have never had a WC claim or injury.

    Thanks, Scott

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    Default Re: Alabama Career Firefighter - Knee Injury, Knee Replacement

    1-save yourself a lot of hassle and get an attorney
    2-yes wc will pay for a knee replacements
    3-yes you can be terminated. career over probably if you need a replacement there are restrictions with this procedure

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    Default Re: Alabama Career Firefighter - Knee Injury, Knee Replacement

    3. Yes, beyond a doubt you need one. Don't delay getting one involved. A serious case like yours is not a DIY project.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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    Default Re: Alabama Career Firefighter - Knee Injury, Knee Replacement

    Hi ACFF. I'm a 43yr old injured truck driver from NC on WC myself. WC covers all Medical Bills related to your WORK injury. So to answer your question it is yes. I've been dealing with my injury and the workers comp deal since 10/1/2012 I fell 5 ft out my trailer landing on my feet but twisting at the same time. So when I planted my right foot my body kept twisting therefor breaking my tibia and severing all my ligaments tendons and cartiledge not to mention the sever nerve damage.I just had my 3rd surgery in January on the 22nd, it was to do a total replacement. The first two surgeries were to just repair enough to hold my knee together and clean out the mess inside. Now our injuries are way different but they have the one thing in common, they are work related . WC may not want to pay for the things you need but they are responsible for your meds,supplies and equipment you will need to rehab as close to 100% of your former self. We know and they know you nor I will ever be 100%. I do suggest a lawyer if you dont have one. I tried it alone til It was obvious the Ins Comp was trying to bully me and the word NO came up alot. My WC Lawyer is awesome he handles all problems and I can rehab and try to heal in peace knowing a PROFESSIONAL is taking care of the legal part of all this. Godd luck heal well and fast and God bless you and your co=workers/volunteers

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    Default Re: Alabama Career Firefighter - Knee Injury, Knee Replacement

    Spoke with an attorney...everything is in my favor right now, ball is rolling and outside of a few communication issues WC is performing. So he said to not retain one right now. I do have a question; if I can not return to work as a firefighter will WC pay for retraining if I want to go to school and work in say the Culinary Field? Im researching it now, just wanted to throw a feeler out there. I am setting up a backup plan so that if this fails I can hit the ground running (so to speak) with Plan B.

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    Default Re: Alabama Career Firefighter - Knee Injury, Knee Replacement

    I'm so sorry to hear about your injuries, I hope the best for you- If you've never heard of seated scooters they can really help you get around during recovery. I really wish you the best.

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    Default Re: Alabama Career Firefighter - Knee Injury, Knee Replacement

    Culinary work usually requires you to stand up the whole shift. May be tough with your knee. But it is smart to go ahead and make backup plans.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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