In july '07 I injured my lower back lifting an object on to a trailer with another employee. After 2 months of extreme lower back and sciatic pain, I had an MRI. 4 mm protrusion of the L5 S1 with early signs of degenerative disk disease. I have had 15 P.T. visits and seen a pain and spine specialist. He pushed on my back super hard and said injections were all he had to offer and was pretty rude. I went home and was nauseous as hell and a lot more sore than usual for the next four days. My doc says im perm. and stationary and should see A.M.E. for rating. I have representation since my employer threatend to sue me for oweing money for health ins. when in fact I over paid. She also told state fund that I did not show up for modified duty when in fact I did and her list of work was outside of my work restrictions and she then chose to march around and cuss and yell and throw things at the wall. Ive been collecting disability since state fund cut me off at that point. So my question is... What is the typical percentage rating for this injury and what type of settlement will play a part in this? I am 26 strong and healthy years old. (minus lower back now) I did labor for an excavating company and jump off 60 foot cliffs and 90 foot jumps on my snowboard... Now I sit around in pain being a jerk to everyone!