My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Florida
19 months ago I was injured on the job. I have a SLAP tear in the shoulder and require surgery. However, my thyroid levels are preventing me from being okay'd for surgery. I do not believe my thyroid will ever be the number that it needs to be for surgery. I have been on pain medicine for 19 months now, Ultram and muscle relaxers. I take them every 4 hours. They make me drousy and dizzy. I have not been back to work yet (I am special ed teacher--or was before I was attacked by a student and injured). My doctor now says I can return to work and only take meds at night---even though I am in SEVERE pain! (I believe this decision is due to WC pressing him) I also believe that I am addicted to the pain pills and muscle relaxers. I don't think I can function without them, and know that the pain is so severe without them I am going to be working light duty but will be crying the whole time due to the pain and am not allowed to take pain pills while at the school. My question is, since this injury has got me addicted to pills, is WC responsible for paying for treatment for drug dependency if I enter a rehab and will they continue to pay my benefits if I have to enter rehab?