I am not sure what I need or should or should not do. My story is as follows:
I injured my left wrist/hand/thumb in Nov 07. Went to Dr. (Care Now) weekly for 5 to 6 weeks. Had an MRI in Jan. '08 which only showed a ganglion cyst, rec'd a letter saying the cyst was not covered by W/C. Did 4 or 5 PT visits in Feb. (15 min sessions of 3 wrist exercises with 1lb weight, then 10 mins electric therapy? tingling sensation) Jun' 08 Went to some Dr. (PRIDE) in downtown Dallas for "evaluation with recommendations and interpretation of FCE"???? Have no idea what that means. Recommendations were made, have paperwork, but don't understand the medical terminology or what it all means for me.
Last time I visited Care Now DR. was in March' 08. IC wants me to go to Care Now for an impairment rating. I keep seeing MMI on the forum, What is MMI???? What is an impairment rating?
My wrist still hurts occasionally, Prior to injury I could do cartwheels, push-ups, play my flute, twirl my baton. Can't do any of that now with left wrist because it won't bend like it used too. I can't pick up anything over 10 lbs. My upper arm has lost muscle mass (bicep) due to wrist injury.
I don't want money, I want the quality of life I had before injury. To be able to put some weight on my wrist, to play my flute, etc.! I was terminated from my employer in Nov. 08, I am fighting them now under unemployment benefits, they claim I quit / walked off job. I went home sick & called in the next day. Fire /terminated on the 3rd day.
Do I need an attorney, is there a statute of limitations on my claim? I haven't seen a DR. since over a year because DR. never said I needed to schedule an appointment, employer made it difficult to leave work to go to DR.'s. and last time at Dr.'s he wanted to do an impairment rating. Asked him what that was, he didn't really explain clearly cause I still don't know what it is / it's purpose? / how does it effect me?
I never missed a days work because of injury, just did my job as always with one hand. Employer had me sign a "Bonfide job offer" the first few weeks after injury, I refused to sign the second time because of the wording they used was untruthful. It said I was on light duty per doctor and was to be phone operator, greeter and customer service. But I never did those jobs, I did the same job i had done for 3 years prior to injury with no help, which wasn't easy with just one hand!
I am concerned about Care Now Dr. he seems to act like it's all in my head and nothing is wrong with my wrist. That is why I have been reluctant to go back there. Both the PT Dr. and the PRIDE Dr. made recommendations, but Care Now Dr. seems to ignore their recommendations saying I don't need any other PT. IC had some Dr. review my file (meaning he read my case but never actually saw me) to which that Dr. said I should have been completely well after 6 weeks. I am like this guy has never seen me, how does he know anything????
What to do, What to do???? Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated.