I have been on workman's comp for almost 2 yrs now. I fell at work and ruptured 2 discs in my low back which has caused awful radiating leg pain and numbness & I can't walk or sit long. My treating WC doctor says that I am not a candidate for surgery bc I have severe arthritis and narrowing of the spinal canal and this would worsen the pain. I am a 32 year old female and did not know I had the arthritis until the MRI results for this injury showed my other spine issues. The doctor says I will never go back to doing the physical labor work prior to my injury because of the injury which also aggravated the arthritis. I hate being under workman's comp. I want to see my own drs. I was told that I can settle. What is a good settlement? The lawyer I spoke with wouldn't say an amt?? Why??