Very few attorneys will even consider taking your case at this point. You have already lost for a reason that is likely to be a good reason. No lawyer wants to come in after the case is already in that bad of a posture and spend his or her time and energy on it on a contingent fee arrangement. Probably better to stick with the lawyer who lost the case and see if he or she will appeal it, unless you are sure that lawyer is not competent to do it.
Is he wanting to get SSI or SSDI? SSI is means-tested. SSDI is not. SSDI is "disability insurance" that you are eligible for if you paid into the SS system during your working life. SSI is typically used for people who are developmentally disabled and/or totally destitute.
So, talk to the lawyer and make sure you guys are all on the same page.
Yes, a redacted document can be admitted into evidence, but it depends on why the redaction was made. Usually redactions are made to remove material that is not admissible for some reason from a document that is otherwise admissible. Your lawyer should be able to explain why the redaction was made.
You might have standing to pursue a negligence claim , but you also need proximate cause. Your best bet may be to get a workers' comp lawyer and look into that angle. The fact that the companies claim you are an independent contractor does not make it so.
You need to hire the best, most aggressive workers' comp lawyer you can find. This week. Don't delay any longer. The insurance company will not do anything for you unless you have a lawyer to make it happen.
If you are a trial lawyer, you will find yourself working all weekend the weekend before the case is set for trial. Then if the case is not reached or it gets postponed, you will work another weekend when it comes up again. This is very stressful for the lawyer and tough on the spouse and kids too. I agree with my colleagues that just about all attorneys put in long hours and endure a lot of stress, depending on their practice area and the firm for which they work.