We finally got The IME's reports, such as they are. The IME placed my husband at MMI with permanent restrictions of no lifting more than 15-20 lbs. & no bending over. This is what is stated in the report but the work restriction slip sent to the IC says only weight restrictions. (This is the first of many contradictions)
The IME states that 'Jax' has an 8% permanent partial disability in his back for degenerative disk disease in L3-L4 and L4-L5. 8%? For a condition that's only going to get worse over time, and in 4 disks?? I don't think so. And no mention of the herniated bulging disks that certainly didn't go away or heal themselves. 8% sounds more like a toe, or a finger than a spinal disability to me, but that's just my humble layman's opinion.
The attorney is in the process of scheduling a 2nd opinion appt & requesting a hearing. She did not take action on either until we insisted. We had to state that 'Jax' desired further treatment for his back injury & pain before she would make a move. Aggravating.
'Jax' was hospitalized over the weekend with some complications from his recent surgery (which has nothing to do with his injury). The liver specialist wrote him a work restriction slip, taking him off work indefinitely. Restrictions clearly spelled out--no driving, no lifting, pushing, pulling, no standing, no lifting over 10 lbs., so we're covered in that aspect.
Spoke to a co-worker this a.m., who got a rating of 20% for a shoulder injury. How does a shoulder rate higher than a back? I just don't get it.