Accident Disabled Single Man Seeks Grant Money To Help Pay Own Way
(Bridgeport, PA, USA)
I am a 52-year-old single man with no children but plenty of overdue bills.
I have worked at various jobs, such as Antique Furniture Restoration, Auto Parts Warehouse, HVAC Warehousing and Automobile Dealerships for the last 30 years.
I have some college education but no degrees. I have always worked hard and gone the extra mile just because I felt like that was the right thing to do!
It all began while making an auto parts delivery to one of my somewhat regular customers.
It was July 10, 1995. I was sitting in my delivery van on a local street waiting to make a turn into the store's parking lot when I heard a long skidding sound and felt a severe jolt to the back of my van.
The collision pushed me and my van (shorty) forward about 10 feet and slightly off to the side of the road.
Once I shook off the shock of this event I got out of my van and noticed there was a car behind me and it was destroyed in front and rear.
I rushed to the driver's side door and saw two women in the front seats. The driver was obviously still stunned by the accident and the passenger was unconscious.
I asked them if they were alright... but neither responded! I looked behind her car and saw that there was another car behind her (the striking vehicle).
That car had a 16-year-old boy and several of his friends inside, and they seemed to be okay. The police later estimated him as doing 80-90 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
Anyway, I did a mental injury check of myself as the ambulances were arriving and luckily I seemed to be no worse for wear.
To make a long story short I wound up with whiplash, a spinal sprain and strain, and a herniated disk in my lower back.
I was on light duty and had therapy for about a year and a half before getting fired 30 days after the doctors said I could go back to regular duty, but I had to "take it easy from now on."
Moving on... on September 2, 2008 I got a job at a local Cadillac Dealership as a Lot Attendant.
While doing some landscaping work on the lot with another Lot Attendant I felt a severe pain in my back for the first time in years, but I ignored it, thinking it was from the strenuous work I was doing and hoped it would pass.
Later that day I could feel a very strong spasm in my left buttock and I was limping. I mentioned it to my boss who just shrugged it off.
Over the next month or so the pain got much worse and I was still limping through every day and when I took a step on my left leg it took my breath away, but I struggled on knowing that the owner of the company frowned on employees taking time off.
Anyway, now I am disabled with seven herniated disks in my back with Spinal Stenosis, and a host of other medical problems I won't go into here.
Although I am collecting SSDI it is not enough to pay all of the bills. I live in a 200-square-foot apartment (maybe smaller) with the most basic of essentials.
I get food stamps but they only last about two weeks and welfare pays my Medicare premium and my supplemental medical insurance (thank God); however, I did have to wait two years for the Medicare coverage.
I need to borrow money at the end of every month just to make ends meet. This can't last forever!
I have to use a cane to walk to keep the pressure off of the sciatic nerve in my back and have difficulty sitting, standing and walking.
Despite the pain meds I am in pretty much constant pain. The L5-S1 disk in my back is completely gone not to mention the two disks above that are herniated and there are four more disks in my upper back that are damaged.
I filed a Workers Compensation Claim in January of 2010 but the judge denied it without giving a reason and ignoring any of the facts that were in my favor.
My attorney and I have appealed the case but he seems to be indicating that the appeal will also be denied leaving me with more than $20,000 in medical bills.
There is much more to this story but I will quit now because I have to lie down for a while because my back is hurting bad.
I hope there is some help for me out there, but from my experiences in the last few years I doubt it!
If you only knew how many times I heard the phrase "I'm sorry sir, but I'm afraid there's nothing we can do for you." you would know why I am so cynical. But, thank you for listening.
I have thought about applying for part time work but If I earn "any" money I risk losing my WC claim.
I will not qualify for the assistance that pays my Medicare premium and my supplemental insurance that pays what Medicare doesn't.
I am trying to sell "drop-shipped" products on eBay but it is not going so well.
I would like to make enough money to pay my own way but the system is skewed to force you to remain on assistance or lose the current help.
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