Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
Unfortunately, it is not the "no good WC lawyers," from what you described above, it is the NO GOOD WC LAWS. Under workers compensation
the law says all you can get is payment for medical expenses and lost wages
, nothing else. There is no pain and suffering, there is no emotional distress. Everything is paid out based on a schedule and based on 2/3 of your base salary at time of injury for the number of years you have before retirement. This is why your case for permanent disability
is not paying as much as you believe it should, it is the workers compensation laws that dictate it not that your lawyer is bad, his hands are tied by the law itself.
You also hurt your case by not filing a first report of injury immediately as required by law (regardless that you did not think it was a big deal at the time). The law says that the employee must file a first report of injury immediately upon the injury occurring or as soon as practical after the injury.
Now, if you have been discriminated against in your work place and harassed based on your age/race/sex/ or for filing your W/C claim, then this is completely separate issue and you have 300 days from the date of the last incident of harassment in the workplace for you to file a complaint with the EEOC
. The EEOC must investigate your complaint and must give you a right to sue letter so that you can pursue the employer in court for that discrimination/harassment.