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Injury in Florida in 2009.
I was injured with knee, neck and shoulder injuries from a fall at work 9 months ago. I was restricted to light duty while they looked for what was wrong. I worked on light duty for 2 months and then my employer said my job required full active duty (I drive to customer sites, etc daily) and could no longer accommadate my restrictions so I was given TPD benefits by workers comp.
I was sent to an orthopedic after 2 months and 1 MRI later. The ortho said I needed knee surgery but did not state what was wrong with me. While waiting on approvals, I was given narcotics for the pain, I went to PT, and to the dr every 3 weeks. Each visit I complained about my shoulder/neck and numbness in my fingers. He finally order an MRI of my neck 3 months later. He said I had slight disc buldges, nothing to worry about and it would not prohibit sugery. Still waiting I got a 2nd opinion on my own.
I paid for on my own a 2nd option and another knee MRI. My knee problem diagnosed as torn cartiledge, needing arthoscopy surgery. This dr referred me to a spine dr for my neck/shoulder. Spine dr looked at the original MRI films of my neck and said you have a herniated disc that is why you are in so much pain. He told me he didnt know why the report did not state it as it is clear on the film and showed it to me. He said I also have a frozen shoulder from overcompensating for neck injury. He said I need disc fusion surgery. He ordered an additional MRI to confirm (I will be going this week and paying on my own for it). We have designated the knee dr that gave the 2nd opinion as my IME.
A week ago I went to my workers comp dr who said I would be scheduled for knee surgery in 3 weeks, set a pre op visit for me to return, gave me continued light duty restrictions and more narcotics. I asked about the spine/shoulder pain and he said he dosent know what is wrong but it isnt dangerous.
I received a letter from workers comp stating my dr has rated me at MMI with a 0% impairment rating without restrictions and released me from his care. The letter stated that they are searching for a new dr. for my ongoing treatment and I am to pay a $10.00 co-pay for medical and indemnity benefits are terminated.
What do I do? I cant do my job because it requires driving, walking long distances, etc. My employer knows I am on restricted duty as they have the same paperwork I received from the dr. They said I can not return to work unless I am off all pain medications, can drive, use stairs, walk long distances, etc. Additionally they require a dr's certification stating I have no restrictions and am not on any mediciation. So basically I am not going to get paid by workers comp and I cant go back to work. I have wanted to work all this time and offered to do any job within my restrictions and due to the nature of my employer there was nothing they go give me to do. This is not a case where I dont want to work because I do however want to work and have offered to work many times. I can not drive on company insurance (driving is a primary part of my job) when I am on meds (painkillers, muscle relaxers and sleeping meds) and can not turn to look over my shoulder while driving.
I have an attorney and am waiting for his response but not sure what the options are. Workers comp dr obviously says I am fine. I still have this neck/shoulder issue that the workers comp never addressed. Now no payment and no job. What can I do? What are my options? Please help.