Quote from BSNDec06
It sounds as if you have some reservations about the level of care that you received. If your private insurance would cover it, I would recommend seeking a second opinion.
As an aside, being sent to the PA of your employer's choice when they would be the ones to pay workers comp in the case of an injury seems like a conflict of interest IMO.
I'd be very careful of that; in some states (mine for example) you cannot
see anyone except the docs 'approved' by WC. It's not a conflict of interest, it's just the way it works. If you get your private insurance involved then you're going to risk losing the WC coverage (I'm thinking that private insurance might even deny a WC claim-related injury anyway).
I had a neck injury, at first I thought just a strain but on the second day I was having numbness, weakness and tingling in my arm/hand/fingers. My case was nearly denied because I consulted with a neurologist--- not even officially, he was one I'd known for years and he examined me on the floor when he came to make his rounds. When I told HR and the WC doc what he suggested (which included an MRI), I received a call from the WC carrier blasting me for daring to go outside their system and threatening to drop the case altogether. I consulted with an attorney specializing in WC, and found out that by law, they called all
the shots. I had to throw a fit, but was able to get the MRI and a consult with a neurosurgeon. Turns out it was nerve impingement due to a severely strained muscle.
I guess what I'm saying is you need to jump through all the hoops, as aggravating as it may be. Don't go off on your own, at least until you consult with a WC attorney (mine offered a free consultation) and find out how to proceed specifically as it applies to your state's laws. Don't let 'em jerk you around, but play by the rules so you don't end up screwed.
Good luck hun. Take care of yourself.
edit: Christine offered very good advice. It would be in your best interest to consult with the attorney now, and find out how you need to proceed. They know the law; trust me, trying to make sense of it yourself is nearly impossible.