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Doctor's Release - Buster17A - 06-14-2013

I live in Oklahoma, I'm 48, I injured my lower back in a slip & fall at work ( working through a temp agency ) last march. Soon after the injury I couldn't return to work right away even though the temp service's doctor said there was nothing wrong with me and I was fired. I hired a lawyer and got to see another work comp doctor who put on temp disability during treatment for the ruptured disk. Treatment wasn't working and the doctor finally did a lower back ( L5-S1 ) fusion surgery and 5 months later I made him take out the hardware ( large improvement ) due to sever pain issues. The doctor finally released me and gave me 2 permanent work restrictions...no lifting over 35lbs and bending only occasionally. At this time there was no mention of a disability percentage and I was wondering if any body had an educated guess as to what it might be?
My attorney said that he would send me to one of his doctors for a better assessment to take before the work comp judge and that after seeing his doctor it would be at least 3 months before he could get my case in front of the judge for a settlement. My temporary disability payments have stopped, and finding a job that wont cause me large amounts of pain will be very difficult and I was wondering if any one had any idea's about where I could get any kind of financial relief until my settlement goes through for bill paying, food and daily living. Any advise on either subject would very appreciated.


RE: Doctor's Release - 1171 - 06-14-2013

you can contact unemployment to check if there is anything available in your account.
your state/county/city social services agencies have a number of local resources that can help. contact your union and your church for references as well.

use internet search sites to find local resources.
http://www.google.com/search?q=oklahoma+social+service+agencies
or look in the front of your telephone book.



although Oklahoma uses the 6th edition of the AMA guides for ratings here is a link to some 5th edition information
http://www.neurosurgical.com/insurance/ama_guides_for_spine.htm