More information is needed to properly answer your question. Did you hurt your neck or back in 2008? Is the surgery you had in October 2014 related to the 2008 injury or a new claim? You may have a new claim for occupational disease if your job caused your back condition which required surgery and your job exposed you to an increased risk of developing the back condition. The second element is typically difficult to prove when you have degenerative disk disease.
Your question involves many different issues which you may find easier to discuss with an attorney. You should call a workers' compensation attorney in your area who can ask you questions and help you find a solution. Good Luck.
The accurate answer to your question depends upon the reason for the separation. As others have suggested, you should consult with an attorney with whom you can provide more specific information so that you can be provided a more specific response regarding your rights.
There will be an offset between workers' compensation and social security disability benefits. Your employer does not have to pay your settlement in a lump sum, but there may be ways you can persuade them to do so and then you can keep more of your SSDI benefits. For more information you should contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney in person.
As stated by others, there are many reasons one firm may not be able to assist you, but you are fortunate that there are many qualified attorneys handling disability claims . Call some other firms and you may find some to assist you.
You may have recourse,but I would need more information from you regarding your termination such as the explanation you were given for termination. You may have a retaliatory discharge claim, an age discrimination claim, or you may entitled to additional workers' compensation benefits depending on the extent to which you had recovered from your injuries, even though you were released to return to work full duty. You should contact an attorney to discuss your situation.
Your question is complicated and the answer varies depending upon the specific facts in your situation. I recommend you take advantage of a free consultation and discuss your situation with an attorney. You may contact my office directly at 336-777-1411.
It depends on the type of settlement you are doing. But it usuallly it takes 2 - 4 weeks if all the paperwork is complete. You can contact an ombudsman the IC at 1-800-688-8349 for more information.