I got injured on July 2006. I suffered a back injury (have two bulging discs) I used to work for a foodservice warehouse for over 5 years. I never complained to my company until the day, I got seriously injured. I was treated by my employer until December 2006. I have been with 3 doctors hired by my job. They were no help. Because of the dismal results that my job did in treating me, I decided to sue my employer in December 2006.
The surgeon told me that my lower back was damaged but not as much that I should receive surgery. So, in the end. He ruled out surgery in my case. Eventually, the doctor that I was seeing and who was hired by the attorney in my case closed my file.
I was attended by medical staff hired by my attorney to treat my back problem. I still have the pain in my lower back, I have difficulty standing for longer periods of time or walking long distances. I cannot pick anything heavy and according to the doctor, I am disable permanently. Well, today, I went to Workers comp trial in Anaheim. The result for the "trial" , the attorney working my case advised me to settle the case for $25,000. He told me that I could go to trial, but advised me against it because according to him, I could risk getting a smaller settlement down to $8,000 because it will be difficult to prove a higher settlement. According to him the doctor who attended me had a rating of my movement to 21% while the doctor from the state indicated that my rating was 13%. So, the attorney informed me that both sides came to an agreement. In the settlement they agreed that I receive $25,000, minus the attorney's fees and the EDD lien because. The total I have is less than $18,000.
Yet, the attorney also told me that I could continue receive disability payments as long the doctor continues put me in disability. Now, he mentioned also that the agreement covered my medical attention, vocational and that I "may NOT" go back to work to my old job.
End result is that I have a settlement worth for the next year. I still have pain in my lower back and I am fearful that my back gets worse as time progresses. I am not receiving worker comp and I do not know where to turn. I cannot work, I still have back pain because of the injury. I had to call my union at my former job to see if I am able to return to work. Although, I see it doubtful. I have no vocational or re-training nor can I return to work. I have $18000 and still with bulging discs. What ca I do? Is there any way I could get my job back or at least fight that lousy settlement that the attorney screwed me off? Even though I am hurting and I wish I die rather than live with the back pain. I need to continue working. The bills are not going to stop. What can I do? If you have suggestions, please let me know.