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Mediation is only the first step, but it is not the only option. If you do not agree with what is offered in mediation, which is part of the alternative dispute resolution process, you do not have to sign agreeing to any deals and in that case the matter would go to court for a trial. Under NC workers compensation, as you may or may not know, you are entitled to payment of all medical expenses, payment for any lost wages from your inability to work and if you are shown upon maximum medical improvement to have a permanent disability and disability rating from your doctor a possible lump sum permanent disability payment. No pain and suffering is allowed under workers compensation under NC law.
Legally, in NC, absent any written contract of employment to the contrary, the employer does not have to provide light or limited duty (accommodations must be provided pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act only for a permanent disability that impairs a major life function). So, if the employer's "accommodations" for your limited duty cannot suit what your doctor requires, the employee has no choice but to remain out of work and collect temporary total disability pay under workers compensation. Your sick, vacation, bonus time should not be used if you are out under workers compensation and workers compensation should be paying you for temporary total disability and your sick/vacation/bonus time should be restored.
If your attorneys are not properly representing you in the matter, you have a legal right to terminate their services and obtain more qualified workers compensation counsel. In mediation, the attorneys should be presenting evidence of your injury being work related and also the reports of the doctors regarding your diagnosis, prognosis and need for continuing treatment and any limitations you have now. You also need to get your attorneys the information regarding the activities you were being made to perform on the limited duty and how those activities were outside of the scope of your doctor's limitations. If your attorneys are not presenting this in mediation together with trying to get your sick/vacation/bonus time back and getting you paid through the temporary total disability, then you need to consider switching attorneys. Before you switch, you are entitled to and should demand a meeting with your attorneys and discuss your problems you are having with their handling of the case and demand they disclose their strategy to you so you can know how they will proceed and also telling them what you want from them in the case.