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    Met the Voc.Rehab yesterday. She used all the tricks in the book on me, like “try not to overstate your restrictions in your interview “, “ wouldn’t you rather be working?”, “even if you don’t meet all the criteria for the job, tell them you’re willing to train.” This whole WC insurance game is exhausting. My lawyer says ,”just play the game.” My restrictions say sedentary duty only. But Voc.Rehab says here’s one..Elementary School photographer ..seriously? I have no experience in that nor any interest. Please let this process play out quickly and give me my life back. Just had to get that off my chest.

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    Whatever you do - do not refuse any work offers or act like you're not interested in the job she suggest.
    Your lawyer should be present during these meetings to coach you along, these meetings should be in his office.
    Be dam careful traveling to and from these meetings, you're probably being followed and video taped.

    They can make you do any job within your restrictions like being a greeter at Wal Mart or a monitor at the library to reduce their liability - they get credit for your income and can reduce your wage loss payments. accordingly.
    Buckle up, you're in for a ride.

    Tony
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    There was a lady sitting outside the library where we met..did seem odd to me that she was there since it was cold out. Do you think they will offer me a settlement of any kind whether I get a job or not?

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    Quote Quoting VaWoCo View Post
    There was a lady sitting outside the library where we met..did seem odd to me that she was there since it was cold out. Do you think they will offer me a settlement of any kind whether I get a job or not?
    After you jump through the hoops and they've exhausted all ways out, including have you see one of their quacks and have him say you're like new.
    You'll end up with something if you have a good lawyer, play the game right and get a high enough impairment rating - nothing's for sure.

    Tony
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    Thanks, I just hope it’s worth it in the end..I have a good lawyer. Actually saw his name on an old post in here.

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    "Elementary school photographer" is not going to be sedentary. You would have equipment to lug around. Lighting, camera, tripods, light stands, stool, background stand with a large muslin sheet for the background, etc.

    You cannot and should not trust the vast majority of these "voc rehab" people. Most of them are just an extension of the insurance adjuster, who, of course, is your adversary.
    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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    I understand Complwyr,my best case scenario is to get all this behind me and have enough funds to find my own way. My foot may never be the same since the Neuropathy could be chronic. So at my age I may explore filing for disability. Thoughts?

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    Quote Quoting VaWoCo View Post
    I understand Complwyr,my best case scenario is to get all this behind me and have enough funds to find my own way. My foot may never be the same since the Neuropathy could be chronic. So at my age I may explore filing for disability. Thoughts?
    Dont kid yourself, to get disability is very difficult, dont listen to Fox news and all these people milking the system!...90% of the people who try to get disability the first time fail.....Second time failer is 95%....It could take a year or even way more before you get accepted......There are jobs that entail sitting, typing, answering phones.

    We read it alot here, but when its all said and done I dont remember a poster here coming back and saying they got disability for a small percentage claim?

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    I understand that airdale , I suppose I’m just in uncharted territory with all this. I was making $24/hr before all this and there’s no jobs that are close to that in my area so I stress about it. Bills are being paid now, but scared to spend . 66% of my pay from TTD is keeping me afloat but for how long?

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    Quote Quoting VaWoCo View Post
    I understand that airdale , I suppose I’m just in uncharted territory with all this. I was making $24/hr before all this and there’s no jobs that are close to that in my area so I stress about it. Bills are being paid now, but scared to spend . 66% of my pay from TTD is keeping me afloat but for how long?
    Good glad you understand....Yea being on WC is not where anyone should want to be!....Its a pain, draining, causes tons of stress!....My case lasted over 8 years, they fought me and screwed me every step of the way....My accident disabled me for life.....

    worse part about getting disability, is I get the max which is 20% of what I made.....I sure aint getting rich from being on SSDI !

    Hope you have a good lawyer, and he can steer you through all the crazy that goes with it...Best of luck!

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