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  1. #1
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    Default Can You Get Wage Loss Benefits After Being Released to Full Duty

    Here is a brief explaination of my situation.
    Injured on the job (knee injury) in sept 14'. Had surgery in December 14'. Completed physical therapy and work hardening.
    Had another Mri show complications and fluid and inflammation in bone.
    I was returned to work in a completely different position than my previous one at pretty much half the pay. I was told this is my permanent position. Was just sent to ime while current dr suggests procedure.
    Question I have is, am I able to receive wage loss benefits if the ime says I can return to full duty, or do some restrictions still need to be present?
    Ideally I want to just return to my previous job but it's no longer available. I wouldn't be in any lower paying job of I wasn't injured.
    What are my next steps? Contact a lawyer, or work my way up from the bottom once again?
    Thanks for the help

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    Default Re: Wage Loss

    To be brief, that IME is going to screw you, you'll need to go to trial or at least threaten to in order to get a fair rating.
    You need a lawyer at this point, you're in over your head.
    Consult and retain a lawyer before you decide anything, especially in that state.

    Tony
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    Default Re: Wage Loss

    What Tony said. You have to be careful in Michigan, and shop around for a good lawyer. Don't trust the ads on TV.

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    Default Re: Wage Loss

    Quote Quoting hong kong phooey View Post
    What Tony said. You have to be careful in Michigan, and shop around for a good lawyer. Don't trust the ads on TV.
    Anyone have any recommendations? I saw it coming when they sent for an ime.

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    Default Re: Wage Loss

    Quote Quoting Misterp View Post
    Anyone have any recommendations? I saw it coming when they sent for an ime.
    Here's a couple of sources, find a lawyer with a decent rating in your area and give them a call.
    http://www.lawyers.com/workers-compe...firms-by-city/
    Or
    http://www.avvo.com/workers-compensation-lawyer/mi.html

    Tony
    Last edited by tony; 08-25-2015 at 08:56 PM.
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    Default Re: Wage Loss

    Wage loss benefits are paid when you are "disabled" from working. If you have a full duty release, then that suggests strongly that you are not "disabled."
    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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