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  1. #1
    harry Guest

    Default Termination While Under A Doctor's Care

    Can any one tell me wheither you can be under a Doctors care ,on workmans comp,not released from Doctors care and be off work for 7 months and 3 weeks out of your 3rd surgery for carpol tunnel and be terminated from your employer..????
    PLEASE HELP~!

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    sh Guest

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    Yes. Workers' comp claims do not make employees immune to termination. Most states have anti-discrimination laws that penalize employers who punish workers that file comp claims. Contact Alaska work comp Division for more information (907) 269-4980

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    berta Guest

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    YES YOU CAN BE LAYED OFF, WORSE YET THEY CAN FIND DR,S FROM OREGON TO TELL LIES ABOUT YOU AND HAVE ALL YOUR BENEFITS STOPPED. HAVING A INSURANCE POLICY IS NO SAFE HAVEN FOR ALASKA WORKERS. GOOD LUCK, KEEP THE POT STURRED, HOPEFULLY ALL THE <FONT COLOR="ff0000">••••</FONT> WILL FLOAT TO THE TOP.

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    john Guest

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    I&#39;m declared medicaly stable. And currently about 1/2 way through my voc. rehab training. Can I work a parttime side job to make a little extra money without being penalized, or fined.

  5. #5
    sh Guest

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    Without knowing your benefit status i&#39;d guess &#34;probably&#34;. You should notify the carrier, VR counselor, and doctor to makesure it does not exceed your medical restrictions.

  6. #6
    top Guest

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    OK,question for those in the know.My case was contoverted &#40;and TTD stopped,which I have no problem with generally&#41;because I opted not to have surgery for the covered injury &#40;hernia&#41;.The Insurance carrier claims that since I opted not to have the surgery,I am considered medically stable even tho 3 Dr.&#39;s &#40;one belonging to the carrier&#41;stated it is my choice not to have surgery and it can&#39;t be forced on anyone and all Dr.&#39;s agree on light duty&#40;my job was seasonal,and the business has since changed hands&#41;.
    A very reputable Dr. gave me a 12% PPI rating based on AMA guide 5th edition&#40;as required in Alaska&#41;.The insurance carrier isn&#39;t aware of this yet,but had previously told me that since I am medically stable their responsibilty is over,unless I decide to have the surgery within 2 years,in which case that would be covered as well as TTD for an unspecified time.
    The Dr. who gave the rating also carries a Doctorate of law and stated that the PPI would give me the opportunity for a C&amp;R and/or vocational rehabilitation since NO ONE can be forced to have surgery.He stated only 5 states don&#39;t offer this,and he wasn&#39;t sure which states.I had the PPI in my home state.
    While I don&#39;t want surgery,there may come a time when I have no choice medically,but I want it covered whether it is 2 years or 30 years down the road,and a PPI and C&amp;R seems the best way.Like most here,I didn&#39;t ask or want to be injured and it seems I must be missing something when a carrier can just walk away when it is my right and chioce.Any answers would greatly help.

  7. #7
    sh Guest

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    Under most state comp laws if you decline recommended treatment then you have essentially chosed to be declared at Maximum Medical Improvement and able to be rated.

  8. #8
    top Guest

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    OK,well,How can any state force one to have surgery?,the only reason I declined surgery was because there are no gurantees as to no further problems either during or after surgery,and reading postings and doing research only affirms that point for me.So,If I am rated,as I have been,then the PPI is what they will go on?,or is my case essentially closed?.Thanks for your input

  9. #9
    sh Guest

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    Benefits are available after MMI. To find out more on the Alaska comp system see
    http://labor.state.ak.us/wc/wc-brochure.pdf

  10. #10
    top Guest

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    Thanks for all your help SH,and I have the brochure put out by the state,but again,being new at this,what do you mean by &#34;MMI&#34;?,thanks again

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