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Unformatted text preview: hauling boxes that weighed as much as 120 pounds. Kenny could handle it,
though. He was a big man, muscular and six-foot-five, and nothing in his life had ever been easy.
One day Kenny heard someone yell, “Watch out!” then turned around and saw a ninety-pound box falling from an upper level of the
shipping department. Kenny caught the box with one arm, but the momentum threw him against a conveyer belt, and the metal rim of the
belt pierced his lower back. The company doctor bandaged Kenny’s back and said the pain was just a pulled muscle. Kenny never filed for
workers’ comp, stayed home for a few days, then returned to work. He had a wife and three children to support. For the next few months, he
was in terrible pain. “It hurt so fucking bad you wouldn’t believe it,” he told me. He saw another doctor, got a second opinion. The new
doctor said Kenny had a pair of severely herniated disks. Kenny had back surgery, spent a month in the hospital, got sent to a pain clinic
when the o...
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- Spring '08