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  1. #1
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    Default Arthritis Covered

    i'm new here. briefly, i was put on light duty for tendonitis in my hands 6 months ago, which was fine. i worked with my restrictions and things went well. last week the dr. decided it was now an arthritis problem mostly since the tendonitis seemed to be resolved and was told workers comp won't cover arthritis. i was sent back to work with no restrictions and it's been a nightmare of pain ever since. i didn't have arthritis when i started with this employer. is this true that arthritis is not covered by workers comp? if it's not true, what now?

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Arthritis Covered

    arthritis can be covered by workers comp if you have supporting medical evidence that it was caused by work.
    if you can find a doctor who can offer a persuasive medical opinion that the two are connected you can appeal the denial.

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    Default Re: Arthritis Covered

    ...the dr. decided it was now an arthritis problem mostly since the tendonitis seemed to be resolved and was told workers comp won't cover arthritis.
    Always difficult when a IW says "I was told...."
    Who told you that?
    What was the reason you were told that?
    Did your Dr say the condition/arth was not due to your job function?
    Too many variables to tell what may be next...other than maybe you should consult with an attorney.
    i didn't have arthritis when i started with this employer. is this true that arthritis is not covered by workers comp?
    Like SH. said...it depends.
    One, how old are you?
    Did your have surgery to your injury/body part?
    What DID the treating physician say ?
    Is there medical evidence to support your claim for treatment to the arth condition.?

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    Default Re: Arthritis Covered

    worker comp dr that the company sent me to said this after 6 months of being on light duty, i saw him every month. the hand specialist i was sent to said it was more an arthritis problem as well, but i didn't see him until almost 5 months into this. i'm in my early 50's, no surgery, but did have emg, mri and xrays and some pt. i'm seeing my dr. tomorrow to see if he can now get me back on light duty or off on short term medical until i can get this figured out. i had no hand pain or problems prior to working for this company. i've been there almost 5 years.

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    Default Re: Arthritis Covered

    Arthritis is not a "injury" in and of itself. The condition may be aggreviated by work injury, or CT/Cumulative Trauma as might be carpal tunnel syndrom...
    You have to file a claim with your employer to know if this is acceptable claim.
    If you are denied/delayed benefits, consult with an attorney.
    You could have early onset Arthritis...which may or may not be accepted injury under WC definition.
    ER's take us "as is" on hire... no one questions you are injured, only to the extent you are eligible for benefits.

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    Default Re: Arthritis Covered

    thanks to all! i work in a factory doing the same movements over and over. before the tendonitis, i was rarely rotated, but since i was released from light duty last week, they've been very conscientious about rotating me. unfortunately, of the 2 jobs i rotate through, one is the one that helped bring on the tendonitis, the other is even heavier (weight wise). i feel like i'm in a no win situation at the moment! sorry, just a bit upset, confused, and frustrated with the whole thing.

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    Default Re: Arthritis Covered

    There Dr restrictions are on you...not your ER, not your job.
    If the light duty job, or any job within those restrictions is not provided, or you can't perform the job, you go back to your Dr, and request a return to TTD status.
    Your ER is not to monitor your activities, but they are not to change around a job that is not within the restrictions they agreed to in the light duty accommodation.
    You could also discuss the options you may have with a HR director. The immediate supervisors may not be fully aware of what the light duty restrictions are.

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