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From: Rick Castleberry
Date: 04 Jul 2000
Remote Name: 18.104.22.168
I had a bad truck wreck in November, 1987, which resulted in a broken jaw, facial reconstruction, and a five-level spinal fusion. I took two years to convalesce, took my worker's comp settlement, and put myself through law school (began at the ripe age of 45). Half way through law school, I began to have pain in my left hip and groin. My orthopod diagnosed, by X-ray, AVN. He refused to say it resulted from the accident, (I have no other joint problems), which would have enabled me to get the surgery done under my comp settlement. I have, therefore, had to live with the pain for ten years, making do by using a cane. Due to the residual affects of my injuries, I am unemployable, so I have had to settle for a solo practice eaking out a living handling criminal cases. I can't possibly have a hip operation, because the recuperation time would cause me to lose everything I have, including my little practice. So I am trying to make it to Social Security time (I am 55), when I could possibly make it through a long convalescence without losing my home, etc. Does anyone have any advice to offer?
Rick Castleberry firstname.lastname@example.org