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    Default Catastrophic Finally Recognized by WC

    My husband ripped his right rotator cuff at work, 3 days after surgery he was hospitalized for delirium tremors caused from low sodium levels, due to his quitting drinking for surgery as instructed by surgeon,. about a month later he was released for light duty, while on light duty, doing the same job with only one arm he ripped the other rotater cuff, and torn bicep after 2nd (left side) surgery he was released to light duty, while working light duty he tripped over pallets piled on floor and of course left arm in a sling, and the other one, never healed from his seizures caused from the delirium tremors. and he has no use of that one, when he fell he could not catch himself and busted his knee and messed up his ankle. the knee needs knee replacement and , my husband can not walk with out a can now, and when he attemps to he falls within 10 to 20 steps taken,his knee stays swollen the majority of time and is painful, workers comp refuses to acknowledge this injury due to WC doctor said he has some sort of arthiritis in his knee, which before the injuries he never has been treated for anything other than high blood pressure,, his family doctor gave us a note to submit stating, that my husband has no prior visits referring to either knee with problems until 5 days after his fall. WC is also not acknowledging the delirium tremor hospital stay 1 week, he actually almost died, because wc doctor had instructed him to quit drinking, knowing he is a heavy drinker it is all in his paperwork (doctors notes acknowledging heavy drinking) my husband quit because I made him because they said he would heal faster and better, after all was said and done,, (hospital stay) when we saw the doctor again, his nurse "quote we did not expect him to follow the rule"" and she was sorry !!!! neither shoulders have healed, he can barely lift a half gallon of milk. they are finally after several evaluations, they are now recognizing Catastrophic injury.. mediation is set for 17th,, what are the possibilitys here?? I am working 5 jobs to keep us above water, paying $50 month to hospital on the $74,000.00 bill from his delirium tremors they refused to pay

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    Default Re: Catastrophic Finally Recognized by WC

    I hope he has a good workers' comp lawyer working for him. The settlement value is a lot higher with a good lawyer that the insurance company respects.

    They are never going to pay for the treatment for the DTs. That is not medically related to the comp case.
    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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