Q: I got hurt at work that caused an back injury a specalist recommended an precedure can I receive any compensation?
A: Yes. You have a right to recover your lost wages, have your medical expenses paid and will likely have a right to receive payment based upon a disability rating the physician will assign to your injury. The disability ratings vary greatly by physician and are often low if the physician regularly treats persons your company. In addition, the workers' compensation insurance company will likely pay a lump sum settlement to resolve your claim. This will allow them to avoid future payments. In addition, if your injury was caused by a third person, you have a right to sue that persona and recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The workers' compensation insurance company will then likely seek reimbursement for their payments out of your personal injury action. However, their right to recover their payments is limited and is usually defeated. I would strongly recommend that you retain counsel so that you can maximize your total recovery and to make sure you get the treatment you have a right to receive. Feel free to contact me with additional questions by clicking my profile.
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