I found out that I have several bulging discs and Dr. has given me lifting restrictions of less than 20 pounds until healed. I know that if I let work know about the restriction, they will not allow me to work until I am 100% cleared for duty. There is no light duty assignment available unless the injury was OTJ, so I'll be stuck at home. Can I be fired? I know that I have short term disability coverage through the hospital, but if I can be fired, then it will be useless and I could lose my medical benefits to boot. It would be almost worth risking herniation so that I don't lose everything. These are terrible times to be out of work, but I don't want to risk permanent damage either. Anyone know anything about this? I have to make some quick decisions about whether or not to let the bosses know about the lifting restrictions. All advice is greatly appreciated!!!