VERY new here, be kind haha. I am about to get an offer to settle my WC claim C&R. I have bulging lumbar discs with no surgery so far. The QME said I "may" need spine surgery in the future. The CE said she would be offering me a portion of the cost of spine surgery in the Future Medical portion of the settlement offer. I realize this may be about 25% percent of the cost of spine surgery. Here is the big question: What does the CE use as the "cost" of spine surgery in California? I found the Workers Comp Official Medical Fee Schedule, but it is too complex to even find the spine section. Can anyone give me a ballpark of the price the CE is going to base her settlement offer on? I want to be prepared to either accept her offer or demand something different. (p.s. if you need the info, I have an impairment rating of 10%, I'm 46 years old and female, but the QME apportioned 50% to degenerative disc disease. But I'm just asking where they get the figure for the surgery cost). Thank you.