Got hurt on job in Jan, had surgery for Lumbar herniated disc L5 S1 in April,(this disc has done this twice but this was a new location and never used wc in past) I might go back to work in two weeks. How long will they take care of me medically? Ive heard rumors that they try to pay you off to sign a medical release when you go back to work. What should I expect and when? What is the average settlement for a disc microdisctemy? Ill never be right again. Sore every day. In PT now for two weeks so far and will stay there for as long as I can. Back gives out quick when I bend over or even brush teeth or lean over the sink to wash my hands. Should I stay out of work longer? Im a Carpenter so my work is tough. I dont know what to do or expect or Ill ever be right. How well should I feel before I go back to work? Thanks for any insight!