Injured State: California
Injured Date: June 2009
Name of Injury: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) Bilateral
Profession: Customers Service Representative
I was injured back in 2009 and diagnose with CTS. I was given restrictions of 20 minutes every hour to work and get 40 minutes off to relax BOTH hands due to major tightness, numbness and tingling. (Feels like typing on needles). My employer was unable to accommodate those restriction and set me home for 4 months.
Went through a number of PT sessions, 2 injections, and pain meds, all in which did not help. Surgery seems to be the only options to pursue. Within the 4 months we went through surgery on the left hand and I have to say was a success. After 4 days of the surgery (02/01/2010) Dr wanted me to go back to work on regular duty. (Which I was unaware of till 03/01/2010). On 03/02 saw Dr and was told to make use of the left hand now to get it up and running again. This is understandable. He also stress I still have CTS and recommend surgery on the right hand and wanted me to work with no restrictions. This is what I don’t understand. NO RESTRICTIONS..
I work in a fast pace environment with a production level to meet for the company and individual. I spoke with him and was told to work as a healthy employee and soon will have surgery. We argue for 40 minutes with no success. I went back to work the following day with major pains and numbness unable to type and move the mouse. Still there were no restrictions. I‘ve called 3 times and spoke with my employer and WC company, all in which directed me to the Dr. I’ve made a request to my Nurse Case Mgr to find another Dr for my restrictions. She said WC would not allow another Dr and only that Dr can only provide restrictions. I left work early today because of the pain to my right hand.
I need some help, my STD job protective periods have run out but my employer will not let me go due to the volume of work. Supervisors and Mgr are working to get me back to work HEALTHY. Dr will not listen to my cry nor would WC. I don’t know what to do. I cannot quit this job; I am the only person working in my family and have a mortgage to pay. I feel like I’m being force to quit my job.
Is there a law that would protect me from something like this?
Can I request another Dr for my work restrictions?
What are my best options right now?
Should I be thinking about a WC lawyer?