I would like to start off by saying that I am a Correctional Officer in Ohio and I make 16.72 an hour. I was injured Restraining an inmate in 02-06-09. My injury was video taped, and filled all the proper documentation that day for a workers comp claim.
I herniated 2 disks with 1 other bulging disks ready to herniate with severe nerve pain shooting down my right leg causing my right foot to go numb. I had an MRI done later that month that showed 2 severe herniated disks and 1 bulging. I am currently on OIL which is Occupational Injury leave and I get that for 6 months and then Workers Comp takes over.
Soon after my MRI, I had my first emergency room visit due to unbearable nerve pain through my lower back down my right leg. I am on so much pain medicine it's unbelievable and I am unable to sleep, walk or sit due to horrible pain. This has been extremely hard on me and my family. Since my injury I have been off work and my injury has worsened traumatically with a total of 3 (so far) emergency room visits due to unbearable back/and nerve pain. Workers Comp has not yet given me any treatment for my condition but to talk with surgeons and it has been 4 months now.
The surgeon stated that my nerve pain is permanent and surgery wont correct it but could possibly fix the herniated disks. He then sent me to see a a different doctor within his practice who does epidural injections and he had stated that if workers comp would have treated me with physical therapy within the first couple month I would never had been a surgical candidate. He wanted to try Injections but shorty after me meeting with him I had a emergency room visit and when I notified my regular workers comp doctor about it they said my condition is getting so bad that they want to request surgery.
So at this time I hired an attorney and my attorney told me my claim only had 1 herniated disk with Lumbar Radiculopathy. When my MRI showed there is CLEARLY 2 herniated disks and 1 bulging pointed out by two doctors one being a neurosurgeon. So he has told me he is going to get that second disk added when it should have been on there in the first place.
My condition is continually getting worse because of lack of treatment. My doctors now are pushing surgery because I am beyond any other treatment. Workers Comp has been delaying everything for me and while I wait for treatment I have gotten severely worse to where I have to walk with a walker. I have severe and permanent nerve damage through my right leg (radiculopathy) and a big part of my foot has lost feeling along with 2 herniated disks. Now I am awaiting approval to do surgery on my back.
I meet with my attorney in two weeks but could someone please tell me how much I can be awarded for my claim??? I don't know what I can expect to get out of this??