My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: PA
I hurt ny back at work on March 15th and went to the ER on March 16th. I then had to go to my own Dr. because I had no contact from the insurance co. about who I needed to go to. They accepted it when they finally got in touch with me the following day! Mind you it took them almost a week to get this straight!
When I went to the workmans comp. dr. they said nothing was broken and i could return to work "light duty". My manager is a new manager and really believes in our retail store we have "light duty". it is a sales driven store. Well that was on Monday march 21. Tuesday march 22 I had a back spasm in my kitchen and fell to the floor. My disabled mother had to help me up. I was then told I had to go back to the workmans comp. facility and not the ER to get re-evaluated. So I did this to stay within the laws of PA and to keep the insurance co. happy. The Nurse practioner again released me back as "light duty".
My return to work was not the best. I was there for only a couple of hours and had to hold on to the counter most of the time. I then stood in front of the counter to greet any customers as this is what I am supposed to do on top of pushing sales and helping customers. I was just standing there and seen a customer who may need help so as i thought about turning to go to them ( they wernt far from where i was standing) i had another severe back spasm, legs went out from under me. I fell backwards where my back hit the counter and an ambulance was called.
I was off for 6 days, back to work for 2 hours then back to the hospital. The comp Dr. say it is a smasm and that I can work. If this happens how can I work?
I now have to go back to the Comp. Dr. tomorrow March 24. Can they continue to keep sending me back so that they do not have to pay me? I am in severe pain and am taking pain pills the hospital gave me. The comp. Drs. do not want to give me pain pills because i cant work with them. I dont know the laws of PA. I have heard i have to keep putting up with this for 90 days! By then my back and health can be severly damaged!
What is there that I can do?