I'm supposed to go to the attorney's office on Wednesday to sign off on the Lump Sum Buy-out and sign papers for the person who is SUPPOSED to have helped me get re-training since I lost my high-paying job on the re-training buy-out. I had two cases before this one and did not use an Atty. I did this time because I had a feeling that I would not be able to keep my job. Now I could kick myself because they are getting the majority of the money for doing nothing! They have ignored my requests for a printout of the time they spent on each part of my case.
What a rip-off! I did not even get an Atty to work with, only a WC Admin. who does not seem to give a flip if you get what you need or not! They are taking 30% of the Lump Sum Buy-Out and 10% of the training buy-out! I tecnically qualified for up to 12 months of re-trainig but because this woman decides I don't need it, she gets to decide this! I on the other hand lost my job, future earnings, future retirement. Accrued an extra 20K in CC debt in the past 7 months, so I end up with less than half a years wages and can't qualify for any job really, based on my FCE. Yet, the lady with the re-trainig program decided I have too many marketable skills and can get another job just like the one I had because she says the FCE said I could not go back to MY Previous JOB, but I can go back to work for another employer doing the same thing!!! I am ripping my hair out at these people!!! I worked at my job for more than 30 years. I'm 54 and have never done anything else. My work is very specialized and yes I am very good at the job i did, but my skills don't transfer to any other type of work. I've done months of research and showed this all to her, and showed her what kid of training I would need to get a similar paying position that would meet my doctor's list of permanent dissabilities, which are many. Plus I am on Fentanyl patches, Lyrica, Tramadol, Soma, Restoril, Nuvigil, Akbuterol, Allergy Meds, etc. I could not even pass a drug test! The WC Ins. Co. would not open my past back injury case because the MRI showed no remarkable worsening. But they compared the new MRI to the one before my back surgery (Micro-dissection on 2 levels)! So the surgery failed and i am back where I started before I had surgery! Then the MD said the previous surgeon did a "rape job" on my back! The surgeon who performed the "rape job" wouldn't own up to his lousy work and said all my sciatic pain, leg weakness and foot drop are due to MS since I have three family members with it. I then had brain, cervical and thorasic MRI's and took them to a Neuro doc who acted like I was wasting his time! I need more treatment for my back and leg pain. I have to use a cane and a brace for the foot drop. The FCE said I could sit, stand, walk, kneel, bend occaisionally, but could lift up to 38 pounds - but only occaisionally. My job requires constant standing, walking, twisting, kneeling, bending and sometimes cpnstant sitting. Lifting 10 - 50 pounds constantly to occaisionally.
This injury has really damaged my daily quality of life, can't sleep any more, no physical contact with my spouse, can't do much housework or yardwork. Can't walk around the block, no hiking, no bike riding, no horse-back riding. Nothing thqt I used to be able to do. The rating MD didn't give me any points or mention this at all, and said I only had to use a cane outside. He passed over the leg and foot drop issues as MS also. Out of a 10% rating he apportioned 10% to my last surgery which failed!
I want to contest this, but I know my attorney won't support it, they said so. Can I refuse to sign the papers?? I know I could pay for a re-do of the rating, but I don't have much faith the outcome would be any better.
I have already started to sell belongings in order to pay bills, but no one is offering much for used items in this economy. I have applied at a few jobs I thought I could do and I was very qualified for. I did not get them. I am so depressed and have been since my first injury in 2006. I am thinking about re-opening my neck case because I have started having a lot of trouble with fine motor skills, severe neck pain and arm and hand numbness. The problem is that the last cervical MRI I had only showed a slight bulging in a few other discs below the fusion I had at C6-7 and C7-T1. Since I have to pay almost 900.00 to try to re-open the case I don't know if it's worth it. I also need a really sharp MS specialist to look at my Brain and Cervical MRI's, I just can't find any in my area. I know 20% of people with MS never have lesions, and that most MRI machines are not sensitive enough to pick up small or older lesions. I am desperate to find some answers! Any advice would be appreciated!!