Hello I am new to this particular boards although I usually post in the diabetes forum but this question is for my husband. As probably most men my husband has high pride and won't go to the doctor I have been on him to go since we got together and unless he is severely sick and vomiting can I get him to go... So I thought I could get some help on here and could take action myself My husband who just turned 34 a few days ago has been partially deaf since as long as he can remember we went to a hearing specialist a few years back and they told him that he is completely deaf in his right ear and partially deaf in his left He has been able to deal with it up to this point although it has been very difficult along with the deafness he has numerous more problems first he has severe flat feet which causes the brunt of his weight to be on his ankles causing pain as well as lower back pain daily then he has pain in his wrist and hands he has gone to the doctor once or twice on that and the dr cant seem to pin point the problem he says it one of three things either tendonitus, arthritus or carpal tunnel so he went to therapy for a few weeks and they said they cant really say either he had blood work done and went through their excercises and they simply said that they notice his grip isnt up to par and they notice its gets better when he has a few days off but gets worse once he returns to work He works as a dough maker at a pizza shop and has done this type of work for over 8 yrs so he is constantly using his hands and throughout the years his hands have gotten worse and worse with pain and stiffness daily he starting wearing a brace recently but it only helps to a certain extent. We don't really know what else to do for him the dr prescribed celebrex for him which helped a hair but the pain was still there His manager at work just recently quit which left my husband to be forced into more hours which he doesn't want to do because he is already barely dealing with the pain I just wanted to know if anyone out there has dealt with anything of the same and can give any advise to ease the pain or suggest anything else it might be and the reason I am asking under this forum is I wanted to know if you thought he would be able to apply and recieve disablity for any of these problems I think it might be the best for him do to his hands/wrist cant heal while he is working with his hands and there isnt many jobs where you dont use your hands I appreciate any help... Thank You!!
Since it is a work related injury injury, he can apply for worker's compensation. Every employer is required to have it. He will have to prove to his employer's insurer that it is work related though. The insurer will assign a doctor to him and if it is determined that it is work related, they will pay for his rehabilitation. Please be careful if it is a repetitive strain injury. If he continues, he can become permanently injured. I speak from experience.
He not only can apply for worker's comp, he should apply for it. He might eventually be unable to use his hands/wrist at all if he doesn't get intensive rehab for it now. WC will compensate him for the medical expenses and some of his wages if he must be off work until he's better.
IMO, applying for permanent disability is far premature and would be a drain on the system. Your husband is only disabled in as far as he refuses to pay attention to this injury.
If it should happen that the WC doctor says he can no longer do this particular dough-making job, your DH should then apply for PA vocational rehabilitation, which will retrain him for a job he can do.
There is a lot of help out there for him. Talk him into getting it. Good luck!
(BTW... is the period key on your keyboard working? A little punctuation goes a long way toward easier to read posts.)
Thanks for you input but he is up against a few problems with his hands~ He has been doing dough for over 8 yrs although he has done it in a few different companies 3 to be exact. Therefore although his recent employer is taking the brunt of it - his pain started in previous jobs. Therefore he can't really blame this employer. He has even recently thought maybe he has a small unnoticable fracture?? He realizes ther are treatments out there for his hands as he has done physical therapy until they realeased him and also wears a brace his major concern however is his hearing which makes it almost impossible to hear thus the reasoning for not moving up in the job. He can only hear if you are right there by his ears and if there is any sort of background noise he cant hear at all. Thanks again~~