I'm a local truck driver here in Illinois and was injured while on the job. I did everything by the book. The insurance company sent me for IME and he started alot of confusion that caused me to be without benefits and denied a much needed medical procedure that even he ( IME doctor) said might be necessary. He also stated I reached MME too. I won at trial with arbitrator but now the defense attorney has filed for a review that means I'll be in a bad way for even longer. I just can't take it anymore. To say my family is experiencing hardship is an understatement. I really don't want to give up because I can't drive a truck in my current condition. I feel like giving up and I know this will only be good for the insurance company. Maybe the reason they appealed knowing they won't win in hopes I'd be so broken that I'll give up. I just don't have the family support to continue. And I still don't know what job I can do outside 9f driving a truck. My knee is pretty messed up.
Yes, you can dismiss your case.
BUT DON'T DO THAT---IT IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANT.
Instead, hire a lawyer. It may be awfully late.
But the insurers use delay and starvation as tactics all the time. If you have such a serious claim, it is absolutely worthwhile waiting things out. If you have a lawyer, he or she can file expedited petitions for relief as well as pending the review.
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I totally agree with attorney Hoffman. DO NOT GIVE UP. YOU HAVE COME THIS FAR. HIRE A LAWYER. Then they will cave it. They are trying to beat you down. They caused this problem, make them pay for it. Find a lwyer here. Contact any lawyer who responds here that is within 75 miles.
You best bet is WC payout. let the lawyer handle everything.
Good Luck. hang in there.
I have to echo my colleagues sentiments. Do not give up. This is exactly why they do the unconscionable acts of using these hired guns,IME's do not give up.
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Congrats on winning at trial. If you have a lawyer that represented you at the hearing, stay with him. The Review process can take a long time (sometimes over 12 months). If you do not have an attorney, hire one immediately for the Review!
There is no reason at all why you should give up and drop your claim. There are several ways around it.
It sounds like you have a lawyer. Ask your lawyer about whether you can look for a job that is within your current restrictions (you probably can, but it might reduce the value of your case). Ask you lawyer how (s)he wants you to do this; there are some ways that slightly hurt your case and some ways that really hurt your case. If you get a job that's within your restrictions, you don't have to drop your case. For that matter, if you get a job that's not within restrictions and take it, you still don't have to drop your case (but you might hurt it badly).
You could get one of those case loans that they advertise on TV, but they usually give you very little and charge high interest rates. So, it would be a very costly short-time fix.
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My colleagues are all correct. If you Dismiss the claim, you will NOT get money and you will NOT feel any better. You have NOTHING to gain and EVERYTHING to lose by dismissing your claim. You MUST hire an attorney ASAP. Once you do, your job is done.
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