Hi everyone. This is a little long, sorry.
A little over a year ago I injured my lower back at work by slipping on ice. I was a remote technician, so the employer gave me permission to be treated by my own doctors. I went throuugh physical therapy, MRI's, x rays, etc. After about 5 months I completed a functional capacity exam. They determinded me able for light duty. I have an attorney and we kept in contact with my employer. They never had any work for me. My job was a very physically demanding job. In September, my doctors determined I'd probably gotten back to the best I would get still at light duty work restrictions. My attorney contacted insurance to see if they would offer a settlement since employer apparently didn't have any job for me and I agree that I could do some type of light duty job. My employer immediately mailed me a job offer for a desk job. I received the offer in the mail and I had to report the next day or I was considered terminated. My attorney wanted to have a doctor review me to see if the offer met my restrictions. I had to go to the doctor the day I was to report to employer. They told my attorney that if I didn't show up that I was terminated. Well I went to the doctor and they terminated me. Finally, in December they scheduled an IME. This doctor talked to me for about 5 minutes, barley looked at me physically. His report came back that I was fully recovered, even though my family doctor disagrees, I am still seeing a nerve doctor and taking physical therapy 3 days a week. Now the insurance company's lawyer says they are going to file a petition to terminate my comp. My main question is what will my options be? My attorney hasn't received a hearing date yet. He expects to hear something in the next week or so. I'm scared that I'm going to be left with no comp income and now employers won't hire me because of my restrictions. I don't know how I'm going to survive financially. I've been so stressed over this and can't hardly sleep. Any help would be greatly appreciated.