Re: carpel tunnel and workmans comp.
Re: carpel tunnel and workmans comp.
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Posted by Patricia Smith
on July 26, 2000 at 04:06:00:
In Reply to: Re: carpel tunnel and workmans comp. posted by YVETTE on October 14, 1999 at 13:38:35:
: Hmy wrists. and the
: : numbness. and the dr. put me on light duty with
: : no productive level on my work. before my injury
: : i was doing data entry for one year. they had me
: : doing filing that was hurting my hands and then
: : they had me doing sorting of papers but my one
: : supervisor said i was going to slow and i
: : shouldnt be going that slow. they got mad when i
: : got a lawyer. and isolated me from everyone took
: : me off my desk put me in a room by myself. the
: : long and short of it is the insurance company
: : brought a physical therapist and she saw the
: : inappropriate desk they had me at and how i was
: : doing my work. and the company told me to do what
: : ever she said. so she showed me how to do the
: : sorting in a grand full motioned style well i was
: : doing it the way she said and they told me that i
: : was not productive enough and not to come back
: : till my hands get better. i know my job is gone.
: : but my question is... can they do that? all the
: : drs. i have gone to say i have bilateral carpel
: : tunnel and the last dr. said that he could get my
: : hands back to the way they were but notbetter so
: : they will hurt again doing that job. so i should
: : look for something else . this was my career. i
: : dont know what i am going to do. my job is gone
: : what kinda work can i do? i have the sliting of
: : the wrists and the numbness. i asked the dr about
: : a simple cashier postion he said that was notgood
: : i think i am loosing my right hand that is what
: : i am fearing the most i wake up and the arm does
: : not for 1 1/2 hours of rubbing. i am taking a
: : six day supply of methylprednisolone which i am
: : taking from the last dr. but not under his
: : supervision i dont have a reg dr. just going to
: : who they tell me to. i have an appt for an emg
: : that is scaring me. but i dont know what to do/
: : : : does anyone have suggestions as for types of
: : work i can do? i have been in the customer
: : service/data entry field for 5 years. and i am
: : 28.
: : : : thank you if u can answer some of my conserns
: : : : chrissy
: : : Don't worry about the EMG Chrissy, I had one 2
: : weeks ago and there is nothing to it. If your
: : work caused you to get the carpal tunnel, then
: : get yourself a lawyer! If you have surgery and do
: : not get any better and the doctor tells you that
: : you cannot ever do that work again, you can sue
: : the workman comp. company. They will have to pay
: : for you to get another education to learn
: : something new! Do not worry, go get your EMG and
: : let the docs decide what to do. I have been there
: : and have been treated like you are! In the end I
: : will win and so will you!
: : The first step is letting your employer know you have a hand or wrist injury. Then your employer should fill out a workers comp form and give you the address of a doctor to see. From there on, you, your doctor and your employer work together on a plan that's right for you. This may include a change in job duties, therapy, medication, certain tests, surgery or other options. This should all be covered under workers comp. However, if your employer does not cooperate by filling out the proper paperwork so that you can see a doctor, you may consider other options. You can look up workers comp in your phone book, speak to someone about your concerns and ask for their suggestions. Seeking out an attorney can be considered if all other avenues have failed. It is most important to document everything including phone calls, names and dates of people you have spoken with, doctors you have seen, tests that have been done, etc. The more information you have, the better you can present your case or claim. Remember it will take time and a lot of patience on your part. Eventually employers will realize that carpel tunnel is a serious problem that needs to be addressed and dealt with properly. By doing so promptly, problems can be eliminated for the employer and the employee. Good luck to you in you endeavor.
: HI,, I HAVE BEEN GING THROUGH THIS CTS WORKERS COMP. THING AT WORK FOR THE PAST YEAR AND A HALF. THE BOTTOM LINE IS IF THEY WON'T PUT YOU IN A RESTRIVCTIVE JOB THEN YOU FILE FOR WORKERS COMP, THEY WILL DENY IT, THEN YOU GET A LAWYER. YOUR LAWYER WILL ADVISE YOU TO GET AS MANY DOTORS, EMG, SPECIALISTS AS YOU CAN ON YOUR SIDE. YOUR EMPLOYER AT THE SAME TIME WILL BE HIRING INDEPENDENT MEDICAL EXAMINERS (IME) TO AGREE WITH THEM - I.E. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU. BUT YOU KNOW THERE IS - YOU AWAKE AT NIGHT IN TERRIBLE PAIN, NUMBNESS AND TINGLING. SO START FIGHTING NOW IT IS A LONG HARD BATTLE, BUT WITH A GOOD LAWYER (FIND ONE WITH NO RECOVERY NO FEE) YOU WILL WIN!
I hate to rain on your parade but I went through the hearings, the doctors, specialist, their doctors, my doctors,etc, for 7 long painfull years. After proving my inury was work related, I was permantly disabled,5 surgeries(3 of which I paid for myself)They owed me for 5 years backpay and medical bills. I had 3 surgeries since my last hearing and the Judge ruled "not enough new evidence and statue of limitations was up." I got noting but, hidious scars, one of which goes from my forarm to above my elbow.And what it did to my head as far as Justice is concerned is a crime. I have a large muscle in the palm of my hand, and the whole physical structure of my hand and arm are different. I was on S.S.I. for a few years, and for the last 9 years have had no medical insurance, so I have learned to live with it and resent everything suppose to be fair and legal. At first they tried to deny me simply because I was Female and it was unheard of except in Males. Then came the test, the shots, slings, cortzone shots, casts, surgeries, pain management, Promise of rehilibation, But ended with nothing!