My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Missouri
After having a plate and 5 screws placed and then a 4 bone wrist fusion, my surgeon released me to go back to work without limitations after 12 weeks. I have to have a screw removed on August 1st at the fusion site. My wrist still swells with activity and is painful with use. I only have 20 pounds of gripping with my right hand (dominant) in comparison to 65 on my left. My doctor says the screw removal may or may not help the swelling and pain, but would recommend having it removed.
I think I need to have a second opinion. I can't believe he is sending me back to work with no limitations with a screw causing swelling and discomfort. I go to OT 3 times a week and have not been able to progress with strength building due to swelling issues. I cannot lift more than 10 pounds without pain radiating from my wrist up to my elbow. I cannot make a fist or grip. I cannot turn the key to start my car or even a door knob.
Also, he said it could be as much as 2-12 mos before I'm MMI. Can they send you back to work without limitations if you are not MMI? It seems to me you are partially disabled until you reach maximum medical improvement, and maybe even then.
Also, how do I go about requesting a second opinion? Do I call my claims adjuster for approval first? Just curious how to get this process going.
Thanks, you guys are a great help. Thanks.