The main questions to determine the value of the case deal with your earning capacity before and after the accident, any type of permanent difficulties you have with the knee, any permanent physical restrictions, your needs for future medical treatment over your life, your education, your skills before the accident.
The case manager should not be speaking with your medical provider. You are entitled to all treatment necessary to cure your condition that is reasonable and necessary.
Suggest you speak to a lawyer.
Depending on your injury you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation.
Getting up from sitting is traditionally denied by the employer. Get a lawyer, no tape recordings, no signed statements. There is not much else to say.
Maybe your case can be salvaged depending in the facts.
Good question. The best way I know of to answer this is to discuss it with the STD carrier, or a human resources person at work. Looking at the policy may be needed. I don't see what you have to lose by claiming it. There is no law that really covers this. It's all about the terms of the STD policy.
I agree with you. Revoke the power of attorney. Only sign it when there is an agreed upon settlement. A blanket power of attorney leaves you too exposed.
I know this practice exists that you describe. Our office does not do this, and we don't agree with it.
You are entitled to 2/3 of your pay tax free if you are unable to work from the injury. There may be other benefits owed to you in the collective bargaining agreement of 710. Suggest you speak with your business agent.
They usually agree to a rate that is to their advantage. The only important number is what the real value of money is in present dollars. The WC carriers normally will not pay at the real value, only their artificial numbers. The wage loss is normally worth more than the offer.
Consult with your attorney.