Hi all, "new" (Late 50's) guy here. For my shoulder injury, comp refered me to a doctor that refered me to a doctor THREE HOURS AWAY from me. This doctor is good, I am told, but I have to keep going to see HIM instead of my comp doctor. My comp contact person said that it was for a surgical evaluation, NOT treatment, and I called the comp doctors office and explained that this doctor has me set up for physical therapy, which is good, but I want to see MY doctor twenty miles away, NOT 150! The "other" doctor is himming and hawing about how he may or not be able to fix me, I told him leave me be, I'll go disability, I don't think he heard that. I go to leave and am told I have to have an appointment; the snarky office "worker" said that HE was writing out my scripts for therapy, which I take as a thinly veiled threat for continued comp. I do NOT want to have to risk my life or the lives of those that have to drive me there to save my arm again by having to drive into a major cesspool area of the United States; I want to blow this guy off and tell him I'm going back to my comp doctor, have him send the physical therapy reports he said he never got to him, and have my comp doctor continue physical therapy. At my age and with the severity of my wound, it's doubtful I'll return to my job-I've already accepted that. I also know I can't do these long road trips anymore, especially when you have to hit semi-truck tire treads on the roadway and messing up the front end of your car! Sorry, had to vent about that. Can I charge the hospital for my car repairs? It would'nt happen if I was in MY part of the state. Arrrgh.
ETA: I had an x-ray the day the tear happened, and an MRI six days later, showing a complete tear of the superspinatus and infraspinitus. Gone. PT IS helping to a degree, but those two muscles are gone, and I am weak in my right arm. I got the order for PT two months after the injury by the "reccomended" doctor, and I'm sure it's a bit gone to be fixed-The "reccomended" doctor said the muscles had atrophied; non-operable. The next visit (Late July) was the "maybe/sorta/kinda/partial repair" I was told. Can I tell thisd guy to pound sand, and sign off on me and send me back to the doctor (Comp doctor, a GOOD one!) that was honest enough to say I was in rough shape?