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Need advice, Having trouble with Workmans Comp and finding Work
I was diagnosed with mild stenosis and early onset of degenerative disc disease about 3 years ago. Went through Physical therapy, steroid injection L4/L5, and finally a rizotomy ( sorry for spelling). I was never put on any lifting or job restriction. In Feb 2008 I started a physically demanding position as a Maintenance Technician. This position required me to do a lot of heavy lifting at very streched out body positions as well as using a lot of physcial strength moving heavy objects and tightening bolts with large torque wrenches. I was doing fine at this for the first 3 months after that I noticed a gradual increase in my lower back pain to the point that my doctor increase my pain medication from loritab 4x 5/500 and 2x 30mg moraphine to 4x 10/375 and 2x 60mg moraphine as well as order a new MRI. Turns out that I had a herniated disc L4/L5 and needed to have the disc removed. My surgeon told that with this type of injury it is very hard to determine when it happened and he really does not want to say that the injury occured due to the physical nature of my job. My lawyer wants to drop my workmens comp case unless the doctor gives some kind of indication that the physical nature of my job could have caused this injury. Because there is no specific date of injury that I went to my boss and said I hurt myself, I am being told that with the earliar diagnoses of degenerative disc disease and my doctors unwillingness to say that there is a good chance I was hurt at work that I will not qualify for workmans comp. I have been out of work sence Aug and was just recently released to go back to work with minor lifting restrictions(25lbs on regular basis with 50lbs every so often). Any help finding information showing that physically demanding work could have caused my injury would be very helpful. Also I am worried that going back to that type of work will cause additional injury.