Workman's Comp

  1. Hi,

    I'm rather new to this board. I've been a nurse for 23 years now. I caught a patient the size of a small country, sedated and intraprocedure and put him back on the bed. He did fine, but come June it will be 6 months of pain, lies, et.c. for me. In June they let me go if I'm not fit to work without restriction. I worked the 1st 12 weeks with restriction, then it was "see ya later" until fully fit or June '04 whichever comes first. I finally got an attorney.
    Believe it or not, I finally recognized that I was going through the 5 stages of grief. I could write a novel about the psychological hell of the Workman's comp system, and the treatment one recieves after an injury.
    Anyone have any advice or interesting stories?====Snake
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  3. by   Buddha
    Quote from watersnake
    Hi,

    I'm rather new to this board. I've been a nurse for 23 years now. I caught a patient the size of a small country, sedated and intraprocedure and put him back on the bed. He did fine, but come June it will be 6 months of pain, lies, et.c. for me. In June they let me go if I'm not fit to work without restriction. I worked the 1st 12 weeks with restriction, then it was "see ya later" until fully fit or June '04 whichever comes first. I finally got an attorney.
    Believe it or not, I finally recognized that I was going through the 5 stages of grief. I could write a novel about the psychological hell of the Workman's comp system, and the treatment one recieves after an injury.
    Anyone have any advice or interesting stories?====Snake


    Hello I am a former workers comp Enrollee and can say that i probably will never be the same again. Last Jan I fell in my parking lot at work dislocating my right shoulder and resulting in a Open Bankhart in Sept. Yeah long wait huh!
    I returned to work in Oct as a receptionist answering the phone because work said it was time to come back, not the doctor. After two weeks they 1/2 my pay to what the recptionist was making. I could have stayed home making more. My DON then informed my that she was suprised to see that my workers comp case went through( I Fell in the parking lot an a snowy day getting a stethascope for an agency nurse who forgot hers). They gave away my promised postion two days away from when i was supposed to return to work. And to top things off they made me work all the holidays since I had all the summer off. LOL
    And I can go on and on....
    Best Advice I can give is Make your Case Manager at the BWC your best friend.
    Last edit by Buddha on Mar 14, '04
  4. by   buttons
    I have been an ER/ICU nurse for 22 years. All it took was back injury on the job and life as I knew it was no more. There is a lot of research on nurses being #1 for back injuries in all of the 139 professions studied by OSHA, this includes brick layers, trash collectors and laborers. Once injured you will find that not only are you in pain but often isolated and a outcast to the hospital that employed you. After surgery I am just starting a new career in Home Health Nursing with a major pay cut. I am afraid to say anything about my injury because it is in litagation at present due to the fact that the hospital has denied my work related injury as "preexisting" note that I have never injured my back before and the only "preexisting" condition that I have is having been a nurse for 22 years. Once injured you will find yourself put on the curb like a piece of broken furniture. IF any of you have a back injury and want support or more info on nurses with MSD. go to www.wingusa.org or www.nursingworld.org and read the "handle with care" info to get ANA's position statement on nurses and work related back/neck injuries. My 0.02 worth.

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