should A work comp case take more then 11yrs to settle.what can i do?
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Sadly, some take that long. When the 'agreed' doctor retires or becomes physically unable to conclude the reporting, the parties start over with one new doctor or two new doctors (if they cannot agree on a new Agreed medical Evaluator).
When the AME finds that a patient must haved surgery before achieving Maximum Medical Improvement but the adjuster can't OK the surgery with a hearing, it adds a year ...maybe two.
Gov. Ahhhnold really destroyed comp benefits for workers with the revision of the law in 2004, and it took about 3 years for us to try to re-establish help for workers... i suspect you lost 2004-2007 while the judges and courts tried to figure out the complete mess Schwarzenegger and the State Senate stuck in our laps and said 'figure it out'.
People were hurt, many died. they tried to fix it last sept with SB863. this made it worse. We elect morons to office who care nothing for workers hurt on the job because they don't donate to campaigns.