My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Alabama. I broke my back in oct 09. i had a posterior and anterior fusion of l3 to sacrum. my doctor say i will not be able to go back to my line of work (lineman building powerlines) again. So will i be getting a lump sum settlement for this or will they just pay like they do now with the checks that are coming for workmans comp? how much is a fair amount to expect? how long does this take? Thank you.