Quote from sassiezhurtin:Hi all, I am a School bus driver who was hurt at work in June, I've been to 5 different Dr's with only 2 MRI's and no other test. They were all refused by work comp carrier. Now, they have written a script for all the things I can no longer do. It says, No lifting over 10lbs, No over head lifting, only occasionally I can, push, pull, sit, stand, walk, crouch, crawl, stoop, kneel, climb ladders and stairs, and reach for anything, the occasionally is, UP to 1/3 of the time. I said, what kind of work can I do with those restrictions and the Dr said, I don't know of any but, good luck with your search, he released me to full time work with all of those restrictions but can't think of any kind of work I can do with all of that. Now I don't know what to do, I can't get out of bed some days, I'm on Darvocett, sxelaxin and celebrex. I have chronic pain and numbness in my feet and hands and groin to the point of not being able to feel the urge to go to the bathroom anymore. Before FCE tests I was DX with Myofascial pain to Neck, Upper Back and Low Back. I have 2 kids to raise alone and I'm sure they will cut work comp checks soon now that I'm ABLE to go back to work. Laywer said he's gonna get started on it now and he'll send me to his Dr and then the fight begins for treatment if there is any, if not, am I just screwed because of some stupid B***h who was speeding and hit my school bus? I would appreciate any advice or comments any of you might have.
Hope everyone has a pain free night.
:wave: Hi There!
So sorry you're having this struggle! It is unfair to be put in this situation caused by someone elses negligence.
If I understand correctly, you've seen all the physicians, had all the tests, been discharged by your treating physician with a list of "work restrictions." You've called your attorney, and he is getting on the ball to get you to his physician for an opinion, then litigation to get payment, treatment, and hopefully vocational rehabilitation. (Ask your attorney if voc. rehab. is denied if you are currently working during the process).
Getting the opinion from the physician your attorney is sending you to is an important phase of your workers' compensation process. This opinion is going to be used to get the carrier to pay for your services, more treatment, and voc. rehab. Ask your attorney if the workers' comp. procedure includes an Offer to Compromise phase before going to court.
Offer to Compromise is at the Workers' Comp hearing board before a judge. You, your attorney and opposing party's counsel will appear to negotiate settlement. You can opt out for future medical care or a major payment and for vocational rehab. If no one can agree then it proceeds to the next phase.
Are you considering Soc. Sec. Disability because you consider yourself unable to work full-time or part-time? If so, start the application process for Soc. Sec.
ASAP. Once you submit your application, it takes approximately four months to receive a determination. Call your local office and request an application for Soc. Sec. Dis. and for SSI (supplemental income). Confirm that you have a permanent diagnosis that will affect your ability to work for at least one year.
You will need to know what your diagnosis is to indicate on the application. Use the terms your physicians use in their notes. Do you have copies of your MRI reports and phys. notes? Soc. Sec. will obtain them for you and that is why you'll need a complete list of all your providers of service (name, address, phone no and fax no). Soc. Sec. will not research anything that is not complete so be sure you supply them with all the info to be sure your review is complete to get the determination you deserve.
Good luck to you!