It is very frustrating dealing with WC!!! They tend to make subtle threats to cut your payments off if you don't do what they tell you to....which I think is wrong!! I, too, worked as an EMT when I got injured. I know that my boss could have put me in the office doing office work, but I couldn't prove that. I've been advised (by others that have dealt with WC) to file for SSDI, or at least start the process. According to the specialists I've seen (orthpedic surgeon & neurologists) I'm not fixable thru surgical means. And that I just need to continue with my pain mgmt dr to try to find the right combo of meds.
I have kept all documentation & notes of phone conversations with my previous employer & with anyone having anything to do with WC, in the event that I need all of that for a disability hearing.
My brother has also dealt with WC, after hurting his back years ago. He's had 3 failed back surgeries & WC tried to get him to settle his case. His attorney, fortunately, is very aggressive & advises him very well. His injury & being on pain meds ended up landing him in drug rehab once & possibly going again. His attorney also states that his becoming diabetic is possiby due to his injury & surgeries. Sad what an injury & constant pain does to the body along with our minds. Makes you feel inadequate, useless, and depressed.
My wish for everyone is to be painfree...or at least find some relief & be able to find some happiness in life