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Need advice, Having trouble with Workmans Comp and finding Work

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:27 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease

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.

Please Help




  • Hi welcome to SH. I sent you a PM as I am dealing with a situation similar to yours. This whole w/c thing can really ware a person down. What state do you live in? There is a thread on here about insurance and w/c you might find that useful.
  • Sorry to hear you are having this experience. I am just starting the same process and I am really sad to find out the Workmans Comp system is an adverseral one. We shouldn't be treated as criminals when we only want to be taken care of for doing our jobs. If I had this to do over again I would lie and say it happened at home so I could use my own health and disability insurance. My original reply to you was a actually meant to be a new thread and was extremely selish as a reply to your thread, if you read it, I'm sorry about that. Your post helped me feel I was not the only one having this horrible experience, thank you for opening up. All I can say is know your not alone and keep squeaking.
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  • I was diagnosed with DDD and 2 bulging disks s1-L4 in 2004 I was 32.
    I did 6 months of Physical therapy(did nothing). Had 2 injections of cortical steroids, 2 months apart(temp relief on the first none on the second) I was on a workmans comp claim at the time. Workmans comp declared me medically stationary 9 months after my injury date, 7% permanently disabled(This was only a mobility impairment), with a 50lb max(rarely) lifting limit. My doctor also limited me to 6 work hours a day max(at my job as a manual machinist 10+ years). I keep working as much as I can, with pain. I only take ibuprofen 1600mg a day(at times 2400mg)to manage my pain. I have a lot of pain if I stand more than 2 hours(used to be 4 or 5 hours), that lasts the rest of my day or longer. Now my job has almost no work for me (last 3 months 45 hours) and I'm stuck looking for another job. I have a preferred worker card, but that does not help finding a job. I need a job that I can actually do that does not give me so much pain. Wish I had some answers for you, WIN, but I'm in the same situation, no one will hire me in the field I'm trained and I don't have the means to pay for retraining.
  • awin65, you need to get a new lawyer!! A good lawyer will send you to a good doctor that will take your HX in to account and give you a strong answer. Good lawyers have doctors they can trust to give their client a fair shake.

    Good luck!!
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  • awin65, you need to get a new lawyer!! A good lawyer will send you to a good doctor that will take your History in to account and give you a strong answer. Good lawyers have doctors they can trust to give their client a fair shake.

    Good luck!!
  • understand your pain, my situation is somewhat similiar. Had surgery in 97 and was 80% until 07 were I started reliving the same pain. My doctor stated it was due to surgery and trauma my back suffered at time of injury. However w/c doctor said it's DDD. My best advice is finding a good doctor and lawyer to fight this to the very end. All people have some order of DDD and its easy for a doctor to side with w/c.

    Have not worked in 17 months and fighting w/c since.

    Good luck.
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