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    Old 05-02-2006, 08:41 AM   #16
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    Re: Back Injury & Workers Comp

    Hey Texas!
    Oh do I remember what you just went through! I got to a dr. appt and same thing happened and I wanted to come unglued! Why is it so difficult for these people to get their heads out of their butts and take care of things? It wouldn't be accepted in any other type of business for so many things to get "forgotten" but when it comes to WC it's so common place.
    A few years ago I was seeing a dr. and he wanted to do one type of treatment and WC told him no I needed something else done instead. He tried his best and fought them for a while and then finally gave up and said he couldn't see me as a patient any more. He said that he wasn't going to loose his medical license because WC refused to authorize the treatment needed and were trying to bully him into recommending something that was not in his patients best interest. Why on earth does a person sitting at a desk reading a chart have the authority to over ride a doctor that is actually seeing the patient? Why bother sending us to docs at all if that is the way it's going to be??? The whole system needs to be overhalled in my opinion. Start all over from scratch.
    Things are better with my case now, but believe me it took a lot of years, a lot of strength and about put me out on the streets. The stress of WC alone will drive you to the loony bin not to mention the lack of income, and the main issue - PAIN!
    Good luck my friend! I hope things start turning around for you soon

     
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    Old 05-02-2006, 03:34 PM   #17
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    Been there. I'ts unbelieveable that their on staff ?doctor? out ranks the specialist that has been recomended along the way. Comp is claiming they need an indepenent dr look at it. Yeah right, like the specialist we have is going to make up lies for us. I've never had he or she over to my house for dinner. hahaha. I would not call him my best friend.

    Good example of comps delaying tactics-they just are requesting from a couple of business, information/history that they claim is needed badly. They have already delayed 2 court dates the day before we were to get this completed. So you know they are doing everything they can pushing the trial back, leaving the money on interest. The never intended to be ready for trial until THEY decide.

    You are right, Work Comp needs to be totally revamped, soon or we all will be broke. I have not received any tempory/permanent disability for over two years. They ***** if I attempt to make alittle money, they claim I must be able to work full time if I can do something. They don't know how you work 2 minutes, rest an hour or two, then putz some more. They want to starve you out so you take pennies instead what you have coming. This is what employers around the world pay premiums for? Time to call my congressman again.....

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    Old 05-02-2006, 06:09 PM   #18
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    I need a few questions answered, please anyone. i live in chicago ,il i injured my back at work lifting someone. i seen my doc. and then another doc. i have bulging disc L2/3 3/4 AND ANOTHER ALL THE WAY TO S1 I HAD STERIOD INJECTION WHICH THE IC PAID FOR THAT DIDNT ORK SO I HAD A NECLEOPLASTY BUT THE IC HAD NOT APPROVED YET SO THEY STOPPED ALL MY BENEFITS AND WE ARE IN DISPUTE UNTIL I SEE ANOTHER ONE OF THIER DOC. MY LAWYER ACTS LIKE THER IS NOTHING HE CAN DO, BUT SIT IT OUT. I NEED MY MONEY I'VE BEEN OFF WORK ALMOST A MONTH NOW AND AM SCHEDULED TO RETURN TO WORK NEXT WEEK, UNLESS I'M STILL IN TOO MUCH PAIN. CAN THEY REALLY DENY ME ALL OF MY BENEFITS LIKE THIS AND DO I NEED A NEW LAWYER? MY CASE IS ABOUT TO BE SETTLED BUT I STILL HAVE PAIN DO ANYONE KNOW ABOUT HOW MUCH MY SETTLEMENT OFFER WILL BE? I HAVE NO PRE. CONDTION. NEVER HAD BACK PROBLEMS TILL THIS WORK INJURY. MY DOC WILL BE RELEASING ME LONG AS I'M NOT IN SO MUCH PAIN.

     
    Old 05-02-2006, 09:28 PM   #19
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    Re: Back Injury & Workers Comp

    I was using my regular insurance for my injury thinking that it would get better. But, it didn't, so I filed for a re-opening of my case. All of my care providers immediately fired me.

     
    Old 05-02-2006, 10:30 PM   #20
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    Well they can do anything they really want to do . If you have not had a BRC hearing or a CCH hearing then they do not have to approve anything at all. Still if you do have to go to a Contest Court Hearing a CCH and you win it , then they still dont have to approve treatment , they cannot stop you from going to the Doctor but they dont have to approve the treatment so whats the use of going in the first place. This happend to me last week, went to a appt that I had for three weeks and sat there for a hour then called my name and told me the ins will not pay for the vist or treatment said my doc did not submit enought info with is pure BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Its a long long long drawed out process that is pitfull! As far as the pay goes ahahahahahah
    I went from May when I got hurt to Jan of the next year before I got paid and I had to go to two BRC hearings and then to Contested Court Hearing were there is a judge and he ordered them to pay me my back pay which really didnt amount to a hill of beans because you only get 70% and then the Atty gets his 25% out of that so go figure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Also if you are in pain and you are not sure you are ready to go back to work dont GO!!!!!!!!! Because if you do , you are proably gonna get fired if you filed Comp! I have been thru all of this in a years time. I got hurt and the next day called in and told them I was going to the doc and i had to file Comp they tried everything in world to try to get me not to file it but I was hurt and hurt bad and I knew it, so they told me to make a appt with a doc which turned out to be the one I was going to any way then they figured out they screwed up and they went to the doc's office and made such a A$$ in his office that he cancled my appt with out me knowing so i go and they tell me all of this and that my appt was cancled so i go to the workers comp lady of that hospital and she see's iam in pain and tells me she is going to try to get me in to see another doc so i wait all day and then she comes and tells me she cant get me in to go to the ER room so i do and they xray me and tell me I have big problams with my back and i needed to make a appt with a speiclist, so the next day i tell my work and they are nearly cussing me out saying why didnt you anwser you cell phone we tried to call all day yesterday to tell you we are not letting you go to that doc we are sending you to our doc ahahhahahahahaha well it was a hell of a fight on the phone so I went to there doc and had to have help getting into the office he taps my knees checking my reflexes and tells me to stand up take a step foward and one back and tells me iam fine you are going back to work tommaro hahahahaha
    I tell him to stick it were the sun dont shine and as iam walking out of there i see my safety man running out of his back door office and i am trying to get to him he is running down the hall with the relese paper in his hands and i cant stop him , so i leave there and go to my doc were he puts me off work indefenly well the safety man thought i was coming back to work the next day and so what they done was aready send in my termination papers to the head office they fired me and i wasnt even back to work yet hahhahahahaha
    well i never knew they fired me till six months later it came out in CCH hearing ahahahhahahaahah boy my lawyer thru the book at them and the judge nearly fell out of his seat and the look on there faces when my atty came out with that termination paper that he some how got i still dont know how with all there signtarues on it aahahahhaahha . Man this is just the tip of the ice burg here for me they have sent PI's filming my house and me and everything else. I still have not gotton to see a real spine speiclist due to them dening me! Its a damn joke is what it is. I wish you well but what ever you do dont go back to work if you filed comp unless you are fully well cause chance are high they are going to fire you with in the week if not the day!

    Jim

     
    Old 05-03-2006, 06:49 AM   #21
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    Jeez TexHD what a mess. My lawyer keeps hoping I will get fired! But they have only tried sending me back once. They wanted me to drive 25 miles to work one hour. Also the wc nurse, who has never set eyes on me, first, told me to lose weight, that it would help my back, and to start walking ten miles a week. What a you know what!!! First of all how dare her tell ME to lose weight!! I could probably stand to lose ten vanity pounds to get in a bikini, otherwise I'm not over-weight. I started doing some walking, which was VERY painful and then couldn't even stand up for a week. I was also still recovering from a severe allergic reaction to a medication they had put me on. So it was a stupid idea. My dr was so mad!! This nurse had no right telling me what to do. I see this pain dr again on the 12th and I am going to do my best and get some back-bone (no pun intended) and stand up for myself. I keep saying that everytime. I'm just not so sure about this injection he wants to do in my neck. Then he forgot about my lower back--so now I'm doubting him all-together. This whole thing is such a mess--financially, physically and it's putting a strain on my marriage. I know thinking about this whole wc thing doesn't help me feel any better and it's nice to know I'm not alone. Now, I'm doubting my lawyer too.

     
    Old 05-05-2006, 01:04 PM   #22
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    Re: Back Injury & Workers Comp

    Baby Girl:
    I'm sorry to hear you are going through the nightmare of WC too. I went for over 2 years without getting paid a dime! Almost lost my house, borrowed from just about everyone I could just to pay the utilities and food. It is absolutely horrible what WC will make you go through. This country used to be "innocent until proven guilty" but with WC it's "guilty until proven innocent". There are times when the attorney's can do very little but wait it out, I can't say for sure if this is one of those times for you, but it does happen. All I can say is keep fighting. Settlements can vary from state to state, insurance company to insurance company. One thing is pretty common though, settlement amounts are not what you would expect them to be. They go by a formula and it's basically what they would have to set aside today to pay you for your anticipated life expectancy. Not what they would actually pay you.

    I wish you lots of luck - please let me know if I can answer any questions!
    Take care!

     
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