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To Whom It May Concern:

I was injured on the job on April 11, 2001. I continued to work even though I was in excruciating pain. My family Dr. said it was only a pulled hamstring and that it would heal on it's own. Well it never did.

On March 26, 2002 I picked up a 60# box and hit the floor. I was taken out in an ambulance. I was diagnosed with a lower back strain and sent for physio. I had more needles than a pin cushion. It still didn't help, so I was sent to a surgeon. He sent me for an M.R.I. which discovered that I had a ruptured L5 S1 disc.

On November 26, 2002 I had a Micro Discectomy. After my surgery my surgeon sent W.C.B. a report telling them to retrain me as he was very pessimistic that I could ever labour again.

While I was in the C.B.I. I had the misfortune of losing a grand child. When I called my case manager and asked for some time off to arrange the funeral I was told that the W.C.B. did not get paid to be compassionate and that either I went to my rehab or the board would cut me off.

Instead the Board decided to go along with the C.B.I.'s report that I could in fact lift 100# all day long.

I had been with the Co. for over 20 years in a very high capacity. However when I returned to work I was demoted, took a $2.70/hr pay cut and was made to stack boxes on the end of a production line.

Naturally I couldn't do it.

I went back off work and back to C.B.I. Once again I was put into core strengthening classes. Once again I was sent back to work. I went back on June 14, 2004 and I was off on July 16, 2004. I had a repeat surgery on October 4 , 2004 at which time W.C.B. decided to listen to my surgeon and retrain me . I was sent for high school upgrading which is very difficult when you've been out of school for 33 years.

I just lost my father on December 21, 2006 and my mother on January 4 , 2007. My case manager (my fifth one) just called on january 5 . My wife had told her that my mother had just passed away the previous night. Her reply was that she still needed to talk to me. After we made my mothers funeral arrangements I called my case manager and was told that I had just been blessed with a miracle . Instead of having restrictions as laid out by my surgeon that included no bending, no lifting, no twisting and that I would be better suited with a job that alternates between sitting, standing, and walking I was told that I had been rated in the light to medium category.

I am at the end of my rope. I am suffering from stress anxiety and depression.

I have been trying to retain a lawyer forever but every time you mention W.C.B. they just say sorry and you are left alone once again to dwell in the hell of W.C.B. I would really appreciate some support or the name of a lawyer who is not afraid of W.C.B.

I hope I didn't babble to much but it's hard to find anyone who will listen to you.

I truly feel that the board is held accountable to nobody and can go above all the supposed government agencies and there is no help for injured workers. Please help me if you can because I am feeling very destitute.

Very Sincerely John A O' Donnell.

P.S.- Not even Human Rights will hear my arguments

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