injuredrn 626 Views
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Having "been there, done that" -get a lawyer. Get copies of all your records, including the incident report. Document everything. Write it all down while fresh in your mind. Depending on your state laws, you may be able to go to your own chosen MD after the intial exam. Check online for your state's industrial accident board for helpful information. Don't take the hospital's "don't meet guidelines" crap. You fell and were injured while performing you duties. They will try to make you go away. Don't let them get away with it.
WC is a pain to deal with. You are considered a fraud from the get go. Your knee injuries are congenital. Your checks are delayed while adjuster goes on vacation. UR denies treatments. 80 yr old MDs do fraudulent IME's. The list goes on and on, but I would file a claim again.
Be strong and I wish you well.
Any settlement would be for "future" lost wages. WC is not for pain and suffering. It is for lost wages and medical treatment only. Do not ever settle the medical portion of your claim.
Smile. We may all be on youtube soon.
Sorry to hear of your problems. Dealing with w/c is just more pain to deal with. You need an attorney to help you get what is rightfully yours. You can be sure your employer and the insurance carrier have lawyers. The employee has the right to, and should, file an injury report. Check out the site http://brain.hastypastry.net/forums/...splay.php?f=69 Someone there might be able to help you or send you in the right direction. (the site is based at mass general hospital in boston)
I wish you the best.
Back in 1944 my Mom went to the local country hospital in labor. She arrived late at night still feeling her baby moving and kicking. The nurses called the doc who stated that "she's not due yet" and "hold it in until I get there". So Mom who was just one week away from her due date was put in a bed, and the nurses physically held it in. By the time the doctor drove in, and he allowed her to deliver, she delivered her first child, a stillborn son. To make the situation even more unreal, she was not allowed to see her baby. They allowed Dad, but not Mom.
She went on to have 7 more children. The next three being born in the late forties. And each of them had interesting deliveries. Then she got smart and refused any meds, and kept a watchful eye on everyone. Then she got blessed with me, her last. Practice makes perfect!!!
Thank God things have changed. :chuckle
Maybe you need to work on that letter, or maybe I'm just confused. You state there is a "side" door that works just fine, but in your letter that is the door you address. Also, don't come off in anger in the letter. Make it look you are the first to address this faulty equipment. Also, do not put into writing the fact that the door is being "jerryrigged" by you or others. I hate to have that document surface during a litigation. Just document/report to the management and keep a record for yourself.
Cover thyself, but leave no negative sounding trail.
Now you just need to change your user name!
I've had many surgeries due to my injury, and each one has been a struggle. Not the recovery, but dealing with w/c. It's the old "he said, he said" crap. My doc (highly respected specialist) puts in for surgery, therapy, durable equipment, and their doc says "not needed". After much time, paperwork, and calls the treatment is approved. Then there is always the hassle of getting meds. Don't forget the IME. That is a sham of an exam. Doc is paid by wc insurer, provided with whatever records insurer wants him to see, spends appox. 5 minutes doing an exam, then sends report to insurer. I had one 80 year old doc examine me......that was the most fraudulent report I have ever read. Listed results for tests he never performed. Guess he forgot I was an RN and would know what he did or didn't do. Wc agreed to my being permanently disabled without any fight, but getting the adjuster to pay for it is another story. I agree that many cases go easily, with employers that do care. BUT, the injured worker needs to be educated to their rights, their state's laws, and the system. If your facility is as you say, you are lucky. May you never learn about wc from the other side.
I've been reading these forums for a long time, but your post struck a nerve and I had to register so I could reply. W/C is a difficult thing to go through. Each state, insurance co, and employer have their own ways. If you haven't already found this other forum,
http://brain.hastypastry.net I suggest you take a look. There is all sorts of info to be found, along with a very active, informative forum for those on W/C. Mass. General Hospital in Boston is the host. Do not do things outside of your light duty. Do not speak to others at work about your injury other than to show them your restrictions by the doctor. If you haven't already done so, get an experienced attorney. W/C and your employer have them and are only concerned about themselves. I don't mean to scare you, but you have been hurt and you have rights that need to be protected. After being in the system for 5 years, I wish you well.
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