Reopened Case Seen QME
My injury date was 2003 found P/S 2004. I settled STIPS. I reopened my claim in November 2004 because I was becoming worse what I mean by that is that my pain levels increased with greater intensity and frequency with some new sensations that made me feel like I was having a heart attack. I went to the emergency room my ambulance and was diagnosed with anxiety and panic attacks. I was having moderate anxiety and panic during the months before associated with pain in left arm and shoulder and chest. I was having sleep problems and concentration issues. I had to stop working again due to my increase pain levels and now the fear of having a panic attack while working. I am taking meds but they seem to just take the edge off I also see a psychologist.
During this time I was told by my claims rep that I could not collect TTD due to disability retiring because my income was 0 . I asked for a hearing in which the judge decided to send me to the QME to evaluate my new situation. She also stated that my TTD would be based on my reason for retiring.
Well the report from the QME is in and under the following he writes.
Permanent and Stationary Status.
The patient continues to be permanent but not necessarily stationary in that she is showing some degree of deterioration, both objectively and subjectively. Again this is entirely as a consequence to underlying chronic condition which is causing increased acute episodes of greater intensity and frequency.
The patient's present profile continues to fall in to the previous disability level under the old rules with a disability precluding substantial work indicating a lost of approximately 75% of her pre-existing capacity for performing such duties protracted sitting, lifting, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, grasping, pinching, and performing fine manipulation with her hands and fingers.
As indicated, to address the intensity and frequency of her flare-ups she should be referred for psychological evaluation as well as evaluation with a pain management specialist. This patient then has increased disability related to her anxiety attacks.
So does anyone out there think I would be able to get my TTD now or will I have to first go to the psychologist. My claim rep stated that she just received the report a few days ago and had to give it to her supervisor but she said to receive ttd she believes I would have had to have surgery or recouping. I am pro per so any help would be appreciated.