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Old 02-13-2013, 06:00 PM   #1
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Settle with WC or not?

I'm in desperate need of advice. By the looks of some of the topics I've read through, this is the place to be.

6 years ago, I was a happily married, Big and Strong, hard working, out going, funny, lovable person that enjoyed life and the company of others. I loved that I used to go to work, get all sweaty, bust my butt then went home and enjoyed the back aches one gets after a hard days work. Then when the weekends come around I was truly able to enjoy and make the most out of the 2 short days.

Now, here I am today. Still married, somewhat happily. The situations have taken a toll on us both. Lifting anything over 20# causes me to be in constant excruciating pain for a week. Haven't worked in over 5 years since I got injured on the job. Only go out to get fresh air, booze, or doctors Appointments, etc... I am grateful for my meager weekly checks which is just enough to keep us afloat. Had a failed back surgery which doubled my symptoms yet I am against having any more to "fix" the problem like they did the 1st time around. Specialist have told me that I need surgery, I'd rather wait until I snap in 2.

I'm forced to go to voc rehab, the counselor insists that I follow a certain career although I am 1000% against it. Then goes about saying that he doesn't think I am capable of going to school and/or going to a part time job based upon my appearance of being in pain. Which now leaves me with negative hope for my future.

I try to be positive in all that I do but feel that these are now uncertain times.

Ive reached MMI and have been rated PPD.

I want to do something with my life. I am tired of doing nothing, being drunk to dull the pain or just to catch a few z's at night, and being what I feel is a horrible spouse.

Do I settle with WC, use my settlement to go to school and hope I can get a job or possibly start my own business. Or Do like everyone else says and Not settle, lose my voc rehab and weekly checks, and not have any place to work because people don't hire old broken work horses. Ive also ran out of credits to get Social Security... so I've been told.

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:44 PM   #2
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Re: Settle with WC or not?

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I'm in desperate need of advice. By the looks of some of the topics I've read through, this is the place to be.

6 years ago, I was a happily married, Big and Strong, hard working, out going, funny, lovable person that enjoyed life and the company of others. I loved that I used to go to work, get all sweaty, bust my butt then went home and enjoyed the back aches one gets after a hard days work. Then when the weekends come around I was truly able to enjoy and make the most out of the 2 short days.

Now, here I am today. Still married, somewhat happily. The situations have taken a toll on us both. Lifting anything over 20# causes me to be in constant excruciating pain for a week. Haven't worked in over 5 years since I got injured on the job. Only go out to get fresh air, booze, or doctors Appointments, etc... I am grateful for my meager weekly checks which is just enough to keep us afloat. Had a failed back surgery which doubled my symptoms yet I am against having any more to "fix" the problem like they did the 1st time around. Specialist have told me that I need surgery, I'd rather wait until I snap in 2.

I'm forced to go to voc rehab, the counselor insists that I follow a certain career although I am 1000% against it. Then goes about saying that he doesn't think I am capable of going to school and/or going to a part time job based upon my appearance of being in pain. Which now leaves me with negative hope for my future.

I try to be positive in all that I do but feel that these are now uncertain times.

Ive reached MMI and have been rated PPD.

I want to do something with my life. I am tired of doing nothing, being drunk to dull the pain or just to catch a few z's at night, and being what I feel is a horrible spouse.

Do I settle with WC, use my settlement to go to school and hope I can get a job or possibly start my own business. Or Do like everyone else says and Not settle, lose my voc rehab and weekly checks, and not have any place to work because people don't hire old broken work horses. Ive also ran out of credits to get Social Security... so I've been told.
What kind of surgery did you have, I too had back surgery two and a half years ago
another back surgery 5 months ago, disc replacement on l5 s1, still dealing with workers comp going to physical therapy but about to reach MMI..then they will release me and settle on my impairment rating. Then I will be on my own, Social Security disability will be active, now too will be faced with the question of what to do start my own business do something part time, I know it makes it go faster crazy not doing a lot. Best advice I can give is hang in there, maybe go out in volunteer some time just something to keep me busy even take up a hobby. Sorry to hear about your situation and I do kind of do understand saying we have similar circumstances

 
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:58 PM   #3
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What kind of surgery did you have, I too had back surgery two and a half years ago
another back surgery 5 months ago, disc replacement on l5 s1, still dealing with workers comp going to physical therapy but about to reach MMI..then they will release me and settle on my impairment rating. Then I will be on my own, Social Security disability will be active, now too will be faced with the question of what to do start my own business do something part time, I know it makes it go faster crazy not doing a lot. Best advice I can give is hang in there, maybe go out in volunteer some time just something to keep me busy even take up a hobby. Sorry to hear about your situation and I do kind of do understand saying we have similar circumstances
TLIF L5 S1, disc replaced with cadaver bone in a plastic cage and have it supported with 2 rods and a plate.

 
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:33 PM   #4
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Re: Settle with WC or not?

I too am dealing with a new way of life. I had ALIF l4-S1 which I broke falling and then TLIF L4-S1 and have constant pain. I was the do all and never stop kind of person that is learning to accept "just being" is okay. I just wanted to ask what do you mean your credits with Social Security? I know that if you worked long enough you should have the ability to apply for SSDI. I have never heard that you can have the credit taken away.

 
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