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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    I'm Workers Comp. in Washington for 46 years. They offered me the same talk of settlement. That entailed them not being responsible for bills and DME equipment. It was like 50 grand or so. Not a bad sum of money back then. Thankfully, my counsellor for L&I suggested I fight for compensation. Which I did. Your lifespan may be a long one. If I had taken even a million dollars settlement, It's a drop in the bucket what it would have cost me to live 46 years post. You're best bet is to contact a sci support group or similar to get their recommendations. I'm sure a Floridian in the know will post.

    Don't sign anything without having it checked out. Ensure it's all in writing including DME and health related issues considered. I would have been screwed had I trusted them. They've been great since.
    After re reading what you said about your Workers Comp getting you a van, wheelchair and other equipment you definitely need to talk to a lawyer.

    I'm Workers Comp in FL for 29 years. They wanted to settle a couple different times. Two years ago they offered me a large amount to settle. But I'm a c3c4 quad who needs 24hr attendant care, supplies, equipment (new van and wheelchair every five years), Dr. appointments, hospital stays etc. That large amount offered would not last me for the rest of my life so I said no.
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    Michigan work comp no longer covers vehicles. They were able to push through the courts and pass the verbiage to say a vehicle is not considered necessary medical equipment. It really is a shame what they get away with, ripping away any rights or benefits from injured workers. Especially knowing we are not in a position to fight them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medic1 View Post
    Michigan work comp no longer covers vehicles. They were able to push through the courts and pass the verbiage to say a vehicle is not considered necessary medical equipment. It really is a shame what they get away with, ripping away any rights or benefits from injured workers. Especially knowing we are not in a position to fight them.
    What? How is a van considered not necessary? The only way for us to get around is in our wheelchair in a van. In my life care plan it was agreed upon that I would receive a van and wheelchair every five years. I'm due a van right now. Workers Comp will fight it but in the end I will get it.

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    They don't buy my vehicles either; just the conversion part of it. Which helps a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    They don't buy my vehicles either; just the conversion part of it. Which helps a lot.
    How often will they pay for a new conversion? I believe VA is every two years. My lawyer did say it's uncommon to receive a van every five years. He said whoever represented me when I was first injured did a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HACKNSACK44 View Post
    What? How is a van considered not necessary? The only way for us to get around is in our wheelchair in a van. In my life care plan it was agreed upon that I would receive a van and wheelchair every five years. I'm due a van right now. Workers Comp will fight it but in the end I will get it.
    Michigan work comp system has been decimated. I was injured on the job and in a vehicle rollover. Auto portion initially paid for a vehicle and comp paid for mods. Then laws changed. Auto no longer will pay for vehicle nor will comp. My point is, a regular person can get by with a beater vehicle. We can't. We need a certain vehicle to accommodate our medically necessary equipment. So while technically a vehicle is not a medical device, it is absolutely needed for quality of living and medical necessity. Work comp is a for profit system and is no longer set to help injured workers. We would be better off being allowed to sue again. As it is now they can cut benefits off at any time. Can wait you out. Can take two years to even go to court and you have no rights. It's all administrative laws and hearings in their favor. Cut your wages off, cut your medical benefits off, push you to settle. When you are hurt and suffering and losing everything they back you in a corner. Take it or suffer. How many can wait them out? Can afford to wait them out with no income and no insurance when they do that? It's devastating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by medic1 View Post
    Michigan work comp system has been decimated. I was injured on the job and in a vehicle rollover. Auto portion initially paid for a vehicle and comp paid for mods. Then laws changed. Auto no longer will pay for vehicle nor will comp. My point is, a regular person can get by with a beater vehicle. We can't. We need a certain vehicle to accommodate our medically necessary equipment. So while technically a vehicle is not a medical device, it is absolutely needed for quality of living and medical necessity. Work comp is a for profit system and is no longer set to help injured workers. We would be better off being allowed to sue again. As it is now they can cut benefits off at any time. Can wait you out. Can take two years to even go to court and you have no rights. It's all administrative laws and hearings in their favor. Cut your wages off, cut your medical benefits off, push you to settle. When you are hurt and suffering and losing everything they back you in a corner. Take it or suffer. How many can wait them out? Can afford to wait them out with no income and no insurance when they do that? It's devastating.
    What is Auto? Did Workers Comp do a life care plan when you were injured and put money away to take care of you for the rest of your life? That is what was done for me here in Florida. I guess every state is different. It is devastating to hear what they will put people through for things people need.

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    Michigan used to have an excellent no-fault automobile insurance that fully covered disability related care and equipment. I suppose that is what medic1 is talking about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Michigan used to have an excellent no-fault automobile insurance that fully covered disability related care and equipment. I suppose that is what medic1 is talking about.

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    Ok, I see.

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    I can't believe that you're eligible for a new vehicle every 5 years! Who typically gets a new vehicle that frequently?! For PA voc rehab it is 10 years or 100,000 miles.

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