08-05-2012, 02:08 AM
I am a Paramedic in Illinois for 13 years I got hurt on the job while moving a patient back in Jan of this year. I have had a MRI showing a herniated disk at L-4,L-5,S-1, I have had back injections times 3, and a going for a CT-disco gram in a few days. My doctor thinks I need surgery but workers comp is fighting this. They sent me to a IME doctor who said all I needed was PT and this should make me better but I was in no shape to return to work as of yet. 3 weeks later workers comp tried sending me to another IME but my lawyer stopped it. I am worried that I my care is an after thought and I am going to lose my career. My job has been given away to another person and my co-workers have been told I will not be allowed back even though I have never been in any trouble and always been there for the company. I have also had all my benifits taken away from me and have no insurance for me or my family. All I want is to get better so I can return to work but my doctor is afraid that with the delay in treatment I will have nerve damage. I have pain everyday in my low back with numbness down my left leg. I am worried what will happen to me if I lose my job and what kind of job I will be able to get after this is over. Any thoughts or help would be great I am at a loss.