On the 8th of October of this year I was injured at work, I had pain in my lower back and it was shooting down my side (right) all the way to my foot. I originally thought it was my ankle shooting up and we're still not sure (I get the MRI results tomorrow)
My injury happened due to a large amount of work at one time (My manager was on vacation a week and the other guys slacked a bit, when he returned I had to do a 12 hour shift to straighten the store back up (The Home Depot)) and ended up getting hurt in the process
I'm not blaming them, crap happens. Anyways what I'm worried about is the fact they keep trying to make me go back to work and I'm too hurt. I reported the injury within 12 hours and went to the doctor, it's been a few weeks now and I'm still in pain and last Monday night I woke up with both of my legs on fire and I couldn't move them. It was horrifying. I'm worried to death nothing will show up on the MRI and they will make me go back to work, but I'm in so much pain it's ridiculous.
My worry is because the first doctor I saw was a 'hard ass' and he put me on 'light duty' that I could not perform, I ended up just calling out from work and having to go home early constantly. He also gave me ibuprofen and then 'tramadol' (which it turns out I'm allergic too :P) and then he went on vacation. Thank god too because the guy who filled in for him gave me 'lighter duty' which involved no "sitting, standing or walking" more then I was comfortable with, and gave me Hydrocodone. With these changes I've been able to get through the past few weeks but I still can't work.
Now I've hired an attorney and he is very lazy, doesn't return my calls, and is never in the office. However he did manage to tell me all sorts of wonderful things when I was signing his contract. One of them being a very depressing future for the next few weeks. Im not sure how much I trust him to be honest....
Anyways I'm worried to death they are going to try and make me go back to work without fixing me and tell me nothing came out on the MRI or downplay my injury. I'm in a lot of pain and I think something is seriously wrong with me.
It has just come to my knowledge that everyone works for the insurance company and it is their job ultimately to get me back to work with no cost, not treat me. If the MRI shows something do I have any standing? And if so what? What if the doctor downplays my injuries? I can't go back to work I'm in too much pain. I want them to put me back the way I was before the accident.
Also to note, when I say I'm not a wuss I quite mean it. When I was 15 I cut through my pinky, ring and index finger to the bone with a machete (hiking accident :P with some friends) and didn't even take pain meds. I got my wisdom teeth (all 4) and 6 cavities filled in the same sitting when I was 17 and only had to take the pain meds twice. Last year I tore off a fingernail in a power saw and took no pain medication except ibuprofen. I'm (24 now) not a wuss by any means but this hurts a lot, it feels like a pinched nerve (We're assuming herniated disc or something)
What do I do? I'm running out of funds rapidly, I can't work. Do I suck it up and work slumped over, doped up and in tears while risking further injury? Do I quit and forfeit all my chance of benefits including medical (so I've been told) what do I do?
Thanks for any help.
Also to note, they sent me to physical therapy not long after I got hurt (About a week) and there is still not a diagnosis.. the stuff they made me do there made it hurt more so I canceled all therapy until further notice (Thanks to permission from doc #2 ^^)
Just thought I'd mention that since all details are important