Rj, It has now been 11 months since my accident and over a year since I last boxed. The Doctors have stated that i have arthritis in my neck, which was inflamed by the accident, and they say, 3 different doctors, I should never fight again because right now I have the neck of a 45 year old by lookin at my MRI. I am only 27 and boxing is my life. I own and run my own boxing gym and train amateur fighters as well as professional fighters. I get clients because of my status as a professional boxer and I have fought on HBO, ESPN2, Showtime and many more fights on national tv and world tv in canada and germany . Now my question is I have went through so much and I am in pain as we speak, what is my future loss wages worth and how do I prove what I could have made 5 years or 10 years down the road? This accident has forced me to cut my career considerably short and a young age. I have tried everythign medically, pills, physical therapy, cervical epiderals and more physical therapy and nothing stops the pain. The doctors say it will just continue to get worse the older I get. Now, being a dumb athlete, I want to fight a couple more times, when I am able to start training again, which who knows if i can ever again, but i am still optimistic even though its been over a year since i last fought or trained. Can I still go after them for future lost wages and for cutting my career short even if I still try and fight, which doesnt look likely but I want to try. Also, as i stated in my previous questions to you, i did have to file bankruptcy becaue boxing was my full time job and i have not had a boxing pay check in over a year. I work part time as a sports journalist but only part time because i cant sit in a chair longer then 2 hours wiithough aching and having to stretch and walk around every 30 minutes after that.
State/Country relating to question: Missouri
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If you have not yet settled your case, you can still try and get money for your future lost wages and future medical bills. Get an estimate of the costs of all the medical treatment you will need in the future. You prove lost wages by showing what you made from previous fights and showing the insurance company what fighters are currently earning from fights. If you get a chance to fight again and take it, you will not be able to claim lost wages.
i have not settled my case yet. I currently have about 18,000 $ in medical bills. There is no way i could box right now for sure. I am in too much pain still and have not been able to train in the slightest. I guess what I am asking is if when i settle, I settle for future lost wages right now, does that mean that i will never be able to fight again since i did settle for future lost wages, or how does that work?
You have to settle for the future lost wages and medical bills now. Once you settle, you cannot get any more money from the insurance company. Settle the case once your doctor says you have reached maximum medical improvement.
I meant, when I settle which will be now because the doctors say i cant get any better. they have done all they can. But when I settle for future lost wages, will I ever be able to legally box again since i settled for future lost wages. I want to fight at least one more time because I just do.
I am sorry for the misunderstanding. Once you settle, you can do what you want. You can box after you sign the settlement release and get the money.
Former Torts professor and former personal injury paralegal
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