My husband, a tree trimmer, fell 20 feet out of a tree two and a half years ago, pulverized his L1, and has been in constant pain ever since. He loved his work and loved TO work. He's gone from being a big, strong, strapping hunk to a miserable, suicidal old man. He has aged at least 20 years and is scared and worried about the future. He is 49 years old and cannot walk far w/o stopping to rest, is gaining weight, has been denied more physical therapy (which helped). He has been unable to do rehabilitation schooling because it would require commuting 120 miles a day. He has to be near a bed to lie down periodically. His lower leg is constantly swollen now and painful because some idiot therapist the insurance co. sent him to made him try to walk on his knees after J. repeatedly told him he couldn't. He was seen by one G.P. who said that the injury was caused by the therapist, then lost the x-rays, so, you can guess the rest. Anyway, I could go on and on, but the bottom line is, he is scared to death the insurance co. is going to screw him, his lawyer doesn't communicate what is going on, and he's getting nastier to me by the day. Our lives will never be the same. We were very active, my kids had a couple of grandbabies for us shortly before the accident, and life was fun. It's getting very hard to live with an a__hole! I try to be understanding, but find myself just leaving the house and staying away. The one time I wrote and spoke my mind to his lawyer (as tactfully as I could) was the only time he got fast results on things that needed to be done. He had his deposition recently and sees an important (to his case) doctor tomorrow (insurance co.'s). He went ballistic when I told him I had written to his lawyer, but it worked and now I would like to know if my account of our life as it is now would be a help or a detriment. I feel the need to let them know that he would love to be back to work, that he didn't ask for this, he was doing his job and now the insurance co. should do theirs without all the crap. I would appreciate any input on this and maybe how to put up with an a..., well, you know. Thank you so much for the chance to vent.