My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: MI
I am a car hauler who was injured on my truck while working 1 1/2 year ago. This injury caused me to develop a hematoma in my buttock, hernia, irritated sciatic nerve, & 2 hurniated disc in my lower back. I recently had surgery to have the hernia repaired & the hematoma removed. Unfortunately the hematoma has returned so I have to revisit the surgeon & start all over. In addition to this I have been seeing a surgeon who wants to operate on back for the herniated disc with hopes of also making the nerve less irritated. This injury has caused my leg to feel as if its going to sleep often, I also have sharp pains often in my right leg, tingle sensation on my foot, & lower back pain. The back surgeon tried PT with traction but it was unsuccessful. Now I am going to see the surgeon to discuss surgical procedure.
My question is what if I decide not to have the procedure? I am in my early 30's & it sounds so risky to have my back operated on. Because of the physical requirements of my job (climbing, pulling, bending, driving, etc.), I know it's the only chance at attempting to get me back working. However I have just came to the conclusion that my car hauling days are probably just over now. What will happen to my WC? I do have an atty that I am waiting to call me back. I have also been receiving weekly benefits since the beginning of injury & all of my medical visits, procedures, & therapy have been continuously paid by the IC that pays out my WC. Will I be cut off benefits if I don't have operation? I am so sick of this WC stuff & just would love to move on & start my next segment in life!
Thanks in advance