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  1. #1
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    I just recently moved from texas to california. i guess first i should explain my injury. I was held up at gun point at my job and it affected me very severly in the mind. I suffer from severe anxiety, i will not leave my house not will i let anyone else in my house other than those who live here. I suffer from panic attacks daily and nightmares. I know it seems like a stupid thing to be on workers comp for, and alot of people dont understand, but it is really scary for me when i feel like i am at harms grasp 24/7.

    Anyway it happened Dec 3, 2006. My work was really cool about everything. They got me help i saw 3 different doctors a week, one medical doctor for medicine, one therapist, and a biofeedback specialist. I have been put on every kind of anti-depressant there is. I take Xanax daily to keep myself having attacks. Well i started doing very well so my doctors ended their care of me. My workers comp ended in July 07. Then when i got ready to move in aug, the day after i movedi got a check for a large sum and a letter stating i was going to be paid weekly for X amount of weeks. I did very well when i first moved here, no attacks, i could go out wherever and wasnt scared, and i could be around large amounts of people no problem. Well in Dec i started having them again and being afraid of large crowds and such. I cannot even leave my house without crying and hypervenalating, and sometimes vomiting. I am very scared of myself and everything around me. I want to start seeing a doctor again so i tried calling my doctor from texas. they told me I am still covered my texas law so it will not affect my pay or anything because i moved but they have no idea how to find me a doctor here. It has gotten so bad that i am even willing to commit myself to an institution for awhile just so that i know i will be safe.

    I talked with the Workers Comp people on the phone today but it is taking forever for them to tell me what i need.

    My main question is Is there anyway, online or something, that i can find a doctor to accept me until i can get in touch with the workers comp people to help me. i really need to see someone and there are not many clinics that give psychiatric care. I just want to find someone where i can get some sort of help in until the people at workers comp can find me a permanent doctor.

    i know it was a really long introduction i just have never been on any kind of disability before so all of this is extremely confusing so any kind of help, numbers, or advice will be greatly appreciated. (sorry for the typos)

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    Default Re: Need A Little Help Please

    you can contact the state medical board
    http://www.mbc.ca.gov/
    each county also has a medical society of the practicing medical facilities in their area.
    you can use the phonebook
    you'll have to screen them to make sure they will take your insurance.

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    Default Re: Need A Little Help Please

    Akiko, have you found a family Doctor here in California? If so, perhaps that Doctor will have some recommendations to qualified pschologists/psychiatrists and can refer you to one in the interim.

    Or, you might try calling one of the larger medical teaching University Hospitals in your area, call the Department of Psychiatry and see what they can do or who they can refer you to...

    Are you NO CAL or SO CAL?

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    Quote Quoting Charles Stevens View Post
    Akiko, have you found a family Doctor here in California? If so, perhaps that Doctor will have some recommendations to qualified pschologists/psychiatrists and can refer you to one in the interim.

    Or, you might try calling one of the larger medical teaching University Hospitals in your area, call the Department of Psychiatry and see what they can do or who they can refer you to...

    Are you NO CAL or SO CAL?

    I am living in so cal, atm, orange county area to be exact. i stayed on the phone with the workers comp people for ever and for some reason the lady told me "i cannot find the people who handle out of state issues" and said she would call me back. so im still waiting for her to return my call and am going to try to get in contact with them again tomorrow. i have no family doctor so i was considering maybe if i can find nothing else, and i keep having suicidal episodes i will just have to go into the emergency room. i know i might seem a little stupid lol, but i am not used to all of this due to the fact that i rarely get sick so im really really lost and naive on this whole subject. ty very much for your comments and i will look into your suggestions thus far!!!

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    Default Re: Need A Little Help Please

    akiko1874,
    You can present at any hospital close to you, most have the facilities you are seeking.
    It would probably be best if you went to a major medical center, or university. There are excellent programs at UCI/Univ of Calif, Irvine, there is a medical community associated with this campus.
    As university hospital/campus facilities usually accept any type of insurance they can get their hands on, it may be the best/easiest place to get the treatment under the coverage you have through the WC IC covering you in TX.
    Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach is another excellent facility but that is a private/for profit facility and you may have difficulty with them accepting your coverage.

    Whatever your choice is, just present at the Emg Room, give them the IC information... name of IC, case number, your CA's name/phone and any information they require. The hospital cannot deny you treatment, but must acertain you are ''ambulatory'' before transfering you to a county facility.

    i know i might seem a little stupid lol, but i am not used to all of this due to the fact that i rarely get sick so im really really lost and naive on this whole subject.

    You are not 'stupid' or alone for that matter. You had the good sense to find a message board where you can ask your qustions.
    No poster here was ever 'educated' in the WC process/system prior to their injury/illness...that may be part of the overall problems.
    Hang in there, go to the ER if necessary....
    Good luck to you...

    BTW, in your next posts, as you are a Calif resident, it would be better if you go to the California IW page or Texas...the answers will be more relative to your situation...WC laws are state specific and not all laws/rules will pertain to you.
    Last edited by BvIA; 03-04-2008 at 03:19 AM.

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    Default Re: Finding A Doctor Who Will Accept Me

    are you represented by an attorney?
    Have you contacted the insurance carrier, and what were the replies?are they refusing to get you a doctor?

    California doctors do not have to go by Texas fee schedules, a lot of doctors do not take notice that they can take advantage ( the fact Texas holds noauthrity over them ) to getting paid at a much higher rate(This could be a chip used with some doctors:}. Have you applied for Social Security?I really feel for you, what you describe is your injury would also make it very hard for you to navigate the system. I would strongly recommend an applicant attorney.

    Sincerely

    your case must settle or be awarded pursuant to Texas law ANd in TEXAS, CA has noting to do with it .. States do not have the authority to police other states laws. However unified child Laws states do recognize child orders ( my brain is dead sorry the wording is sloppy). Also states can uphold out of state court orders. However in many circumstances they do not.
    Last edited by IW101; 03-04-2008 at 02:45 PM.

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    akiko1874,

    I received the name of a psych who may be willing to take your case on a contingency basis...on a 'lien'...

    Dr. John Tholen @
    Shoreline Mental Health
    610 Pacific Coast Hwy. Ste. 201
    Seal Beach, Ca 90740
    (562) 493-6799.
    He's in Orange County and is a decent guy, credible at the WCAB

    Give this doctors office a call and see what you can find out... you have a ''unique'' situation, but...so have lots of other IW's...
    Good luck to you...

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    I am not represented by an attorny. I called my adjuster NUMEROUS times and she still had not returned my calls. Her assistant called me today finally saying my case was closed. I was confused because i just recieved my forms for supplemental income benefits. I was a little confused as to why my case was closed yet i was still recieving payment and forms. So i called the tx workers comp and they FINALLY after all this gave me the number for the office who handles out of state. (why no one did this when i updated my address i will never know). They told me my case was not closed but it was in a sort of remission and can be reopened at anytime if it did close. She was also the most helpful person i have spoken to thus far (not including u guys

    anyway they tell me there is no specific "list" of doctors here anymore since something changed in sept. she just said find any doctor who will take you and i will try the one listed above (tyvm BvIA).

    So anyway i had gone as far as calling the suicide hotline, because they connect you to crisis centers near you who will give u referals. well apparently there is no crisis center in orange county its only san diego or los angeles... kind of sucks to be turned down by the suicide hotline. well they give me a number to a plave in orange county that they say can help. well that place only took medical which i dont have. so she referred me to another county type place who A) couldnt help me anyway and B) doesnt evenr prescribe one of the medications im on (xanax) due to the abuse of it which i understand. so i did call UC irvine today i am waiting for them to call me back hopefully.

    one last question before i go... can you get medical/medicaid or any kind of stuff like that while i am getting the SIB. because not having any insurance is making it extremely difficult if i get a cold or anything like that... generally i dont get sick but just in case

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    Default Re: Finding A Doctor Who Will Accept Me

    one last question before i go... can you get medical/medicaid or any kind of stuff like that while i am getting the SIB. because not having any insurance is making it extremely difficult if i get a cold or anything like that... generally i dont get sick but just in case

    If you receive SSI or SDI you may be eligilbe for Medi-cade/Medi-Cal benefits. Those benefits are asset based/income qualified for the receipients.
    Go to your local Social Services office, all Calif counties have one.

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