You need to discuss these excellent questions with a well qualified Workers' Compensation Lawyer from AVVO or elsewhere. We would all be happy to provide a free consultation.
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Pay no attention to this impairment rating nonsense. Your case is still valuable and, while you may understand more medical than many claimants, you do not understand workers' comp like we attorneys do. Trust me, no one wants to understand comp as it is arcane. Don't go this alone.
I think a competent attorney could put some money in your pocket that is due you no matter that you've returned to work. That is irrelevant. Many factors determine value on a comp case, including your job, age, injury, rate of pay, and treatment.
Fees are limited to 20% and consults are free.
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Law Office of Stephen L. Hoffman LLC
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In most instances surgery will result in an impairment do to it being invasive in nature. Best to retain an attorney who can guide your car to a proper resolution. Medical can be kept open through a hearing.
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I have found that many orthopedic doctors will opine that after their procedures, the patient will return to work with little or no disability. While that is the desired result, it is not always the case. Unfortunately, I have had many cases where a disability exists after surgery. Each client and each case must stand on its own depending on your unique set of facts.
MMI, or maximum medical improvement, is that status that the patient receives from his or her doctor when the condition stabilizes to its fullest extent. It does NOT mean that there is no disability. The eventual impairment rating does NOT equal disability. The concept of disability in workers' compensation law concerns itself with how the injured employee's condition affects his or her function at work. It looks into loss of job function, the need for future medical care, the need for future vocational re-training and a whole host of other items.
The 0% impairment rating that your mention is from the AMA Guides to Impairment ratings which is but one factor in the eventual calculation of your disability. Regardless of the AMA rating (if one is given), there may very well be permanant partial disability (PPD).
At the end of your treatment and after you return to work for a period of time your permanancy can be assessed. As attorneys, we gather all of your medical records, set a meeting to go over the records with you and discuss our settlement plan.
Feel free to contact my office if you wish to ask additional questions.
Marc B. Stookal