Im still in pain from a work injury but the doctor released me?

Asked about 2 years ago - Branson, MO

i suffered a low back injury and have done PT and injections and meds but nothing is working the doctor released me without any further treatment or meds to help the pain... my question is is that right? am i supposed to live with the pain? ive been released to full duty with no restrictions but yet 4 months after my injury it is still painful to bend sit or stand ive told the doc bout these issues but he didnt seem to listen ive got a lawyer but they dont tell me anything either... its not right that ive been cut off my light duty assignment and am now unemployed bc the temp agency i worked for cant find anything for me i feel cheated and ignored by everyone

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  1. Spencer Edward Farris

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    Answered . This sounds like a workers' compensation question, not personal injury. I will try to answer you on that basis- if it IS a personal injury question, things may be different.

    If the company doctor releases you back to full duty and you can't do the job because of an injury, that is what workers compensation is for. You should hire an attorney immediately-you only get one chance to get this right!

    You are entitled to a lump sum for the change in your ability due to the injury. It is not uncommon for an injury to put a worker out of work, and the law does not cover that completely. Hire an attorney, your case is too complicated for you to handle alone.

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  2. Bret A. Schnitzer

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    Answered . You need to have a doctor disable you from work if you are claiming a work injury. Get a second medical opinion, maybe the first doctor is wrong?

    You should consult an attorney in your State at once.
  3. Lars A. Lundeen

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    Answered . You need to have a face-to-face conference with your workers compensation attorney. Explore getting further treatment paid for by the employer's workers compensation carrier. Sometimes you may be a candidate for "work hardening" or other occupational therapy which may help you. Discuss all of this with your attorney.

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