Got a call from someone laid off with a back injury wanting to know if they had any workers compensation options. He was a construction worker in his fifties who had been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease including bulging discs and a possible herniated disc in his lumbar spine. He had low back pain, with occasional shooting pain down his right leg, doctors call this radiating pain or radiculopathy. He had done some physical therapy years ago and even had some work restrictions. But he continued to work, basically watching himself and his employer generally accommodated him when he had formal restrictions and even after they ran out. Reason being he was an experienced laborer foreman. He had the kind of experience you can't teach. Work was plentiful and it paid to have an extra man on site even if he couldn't do a lot physically.