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Re: Carpal Tunnel/Workers comp. What a laugh!

Re: Carpal Tunnel/Workers comp. What a laugh!

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Posted by wendy on August 09, 2000 at 01:06:32:

In Reply to: Re: Carpal Tunnel/Workers comp. What a laugh! posted by Patricia on July 26, 2000 at 04:55:17:

: : : Rhonda, read your letter to Lesley and was I shocked. I have been dealing with bilateral carpal tunnel, ulnar neuropathy of the elbow, etc,etc. It'd been hell for 2 years with workers comp. they treat me like I didthis to myself and to get on with my life . I was fired my position in the operating room when I could not return to work, lost all my health ins. life ins. and all my co-workers. Who really cares, My doctor does but the w/c board never take his records seriously. E-mail me, maybe we can make a difference.

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: : Ellen,
: : I have one word for you....ATTORNEY!

: I have been through the cycle and recieved NOTHING! I have carpel tunnel, dequairvains,and a Median Nerve entraped in 3 or more places. It has been 9 years and I still have everything but, the numbness, which sometmes I wish would come back because at least the pain was dulled or numbified.
: I had a total of 5 surgeries.
I didn't have a chance to read the initial post. I've had a different experience than what's been posted. I have had no problems with L&I (in Washington state) or with my surgeon. it's my employer (McDonald's, I'm a swing mgr)and their private insurer (Frank Gates Company) who I'm having all my problems with. L&I has been very helpful advising me what questions to ask my surgeon and how to phrase things to my employer so I won't get fired. both my employer and the insurance company have tried to use the "you've been off work for x amount of time, so therefor what you're doing at home is causing your carpal tunnel" excuse. which is entirely ILLEGAL, normal daily living activities are allowed.
L&I can give an order for surgery, but my employer/insurance company has 60 days to appeal that decision. of course most companies wait until day 60 to file the appeal. then it goes to a higher level of L&I employee which will take another 90 days to get a decision. then my employer can appeal that. then eventually it goes before the state attorney general. so I'm possibly looking at a year or more before I can get surgery.
good luck with your cases!

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