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  1. #1
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    Default A Few Questions in Regards to Medical Care

    A quick background: I was injured on the job causing several compression fractures of my T-spine and herniated disks of my C-spine resulting in a 3 level fusion in my neck. I was approved to see my own PCP and a surgeon from the WC panel. I am past my 90 day mark and have received a new CM which doesn't want me to continue seeing my PCP. The surgeon feels as though " he did surgery so I have to recover" and that is his mind set, as well as his PA. It's been 90 days since surgery and I am still in a great deal of pain from my neck and my spine (which the surgeon rarely talks about, because it should heal on its own). Last week the PA said the surgeon wanted me to return to work. I am an OTR truck driver and I unload my own truck usually. The surgeon says that the Dept. of Trans. should make the decision weather or not I can work, as I will need a DOT physical before returning to work. The nurse assigned to my case by WC stated the the surgeon was wrong causing the PA to write limited duty on the return to work note stating that I can only sit for 20 mins at a time and can not lift over 15 lbs and I must continue taking my meds therefore can not operate heavy equipment. My boss told WC that he has no work for me until I am cleared 100% so I am still off work. My PCP said it is his opinion that I can never return to being a driver and wrote a letter stating that to my employer, but has not sent it as he wants to see what the surgeon does. Now I am getting trigger point injections in my neck and shoulders, and have been referred to a pain management clinic. Still nobody is doing anything for my back. When I sneeze or cough, it brings tears to my eyes, and I can not lay flat on my back. My PCP is only writing prescriptions at this time, but monitoring me closely. My question is.....

    Should I request an appointment with an Orthopedic specialist that I choose as well as get a second opinion from a Neurologist. Do I have the right to do so, does WC have to cover it, and do I need to notify them that I am doing it? I do have a WC attorney, but from a different state, as the accident didn't happen in Pa. Should I also consult a local attorney? I spoke to one before and he said that my surgeon is notorious for sending WC patients back to work too soon. I'm really frustrated and confused. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I apologize for the long post, but I wanted to give as much info as possible.

    Thanks

  2. #2
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    Default Re: A Few Questions in Regards to Medical Care

    You can get as many opinions as you are willing to pay for..out of your pocket. The comp carrier doesn't have to cover this, you already have a PCP and surgeon they are covering.

    Dont know what another Dr opinion would do... it does take longer than 90 days to see improvement sometimes... depends on your recovery rate. Give it some time.

    Atty handling the claim will depend on jurisdiction... PA or the state where the injury occured, WC is state specific.
    Under what state laws are you receiving the comp benefits? Do you know?

  3. #3
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    Default Re: A Few Questions in Regards to Medical Care

    BvIA,

    I'm not sure what state has jurisdiction. Ins. and employer are in Pa. I guess what my concern is, what if the surgeon releases me to full duty and I am unable to return to work. Will the checks stop? I drive a tractor trailer, and my neck will not fully look left or right, not even half way. I can;t sit very long. If the surgeon says I can go back, but my PCP or employer says I can't will WC accept that and continue to pay? I seriously think I am suffering from depression from the pain, stress, and frustration from this whole mess. I'm not sure where to turn, so I figure this was the best place to start.

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    Default Re: A Few Questions in Regards to Medical Care

    From my experience, they will take what their IME/Dr says... if you disagree, you go to court.
    There is a PA atty responding on this board... he'd be better to answer your questions... as well as your own atty.

  5. #5
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    Default Re: A Few Questions in Regards to Medical Care

    Before I can answer your question, I need to know whether this has been accepted as a PA claim or whether it was accepted under the workers' compensation laws of another state.
    Timothy D. Belt, Esquire
    Helping injured workers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
    belt-law@belt-law.com
    www.belt-law.com

    DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.

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