I have been on a workers comp for industrial injuries: two knee replacements and foot and ankle reconstruction since 2003. I also have an accepted psyche claim (AME P&S 26% WPI Oct. 2008). I had an existing PTSD condition prior to injury. My comp claim injuries had aggrevated my psyche condition. My Attorney and claims adjuster could not find a Psychiatrist for me, so I paid one out of pocket and Workers Comp. would reimburse me. Six months ago I could no longer afford out of pocket expenses. I told my attorney to find me a Psychiatrist as my condition has worsened. My claims adjuster knows this also, but no one is helping me get treatment. I am scheduled to surgically remove a plate in my left knee (bone alignment). At this point I cannot go into the surgery under my current mental condition.
My question/s are: How do I go about getting treatment when my Attorney and Claims adjuster do nothing as my condition worsens. The window for surgery is open until 1/10/2010. How do I address the surgery? Do I request a later date? Can I use the emergency room for Psyche treatment? Please any direction or input would be helpful. I am getting desparate for help and suicidal thoughts are very strong!