Q: What should I expect as an MMI after 4 hernias repair and l5/S1 Laminectomy with Discectomy Surgery?
I was injured last year on my job after informing my employer that we need electrical pallet jacks to unload our trucks. I was unloading my truck up an incline with a manual pallet jack when I noticed a sharp pain in my naval area along with a small bulge. I immediately notified the company of my pain and went directly to the hospital afterwards where they diagnosed me with Umbilical Hernia. A day later I started feeling some major back pains and notified my company. Later I went and met with a specialist who then told me I had an epigastric, naval, and bilateral inguinal hernias. I went and had surgery where I suffered nerve damage to my groin and right testicle area. I’ve since then had several injections and nerve burnings to attempt to correct the problem, but nothing has worked and that has been over a year now. As for my back, I’ve had 2 steroid injections that wasn't successful with helping with the pain. I’ve also had several nerve studies done that showed nerve damage
I'm sorry for your ordeal with the relentless pain you are enduring. Unfortunately, the fact that medical treatments do not succeed in ending it does not necessarily mean that this state of affairs is attributable to medical malpractice on the part of a physician or hospital. You have a complex case, involving multiple medical providers, and involving workers' comp (as you ask about maximum medical improvement). One option you have is to see if a Texas med mal attorney will offer you a free initial consult to discuss your matter in further detail, and request your records for review, (if she or he identifies the basis for a case). If you retain such an attorney, they will need to coordinate with your workers' comp attorney. Good luck
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