My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Washington.
Hello, I am new to the forums here. in January of 2010 I injured my back on the job while working as a contractor for a Cable company in Wenatchee, Wa. It was a lower back injury that dropped me to my knees, I was in agonizing pain the entire day and went to the emergency room that evening, The doctor in the E.R. sent me on my way with a Prescription of Oxycodone and Ativan, I was not X-rayed or offered and MRI, he refereed me to an what im assuming was an L&I doctor for a follow up, I was put on light duty at work for a month which meant all i could do was drive my van to the job site and I was able to have a helper with me to do all the work while I trained them. I followed up with the second doctor for 4 straight weeks and told him I was still experiencing pain and he switched me to a few different non narcotic drugs and none of them worked very well, I was never offered an Xray or an MRI. he discharged me when my pain receded to a somewhat manageable level, I knew the oxycodone worked the best but I didnt tell him because I fit the profile for "drug seekers" (mid 20's male)so i just kept taking what he gave me. so now it is November of 2012 and the last 6-8 months the pain i had from the original injury is back with a vengeance and how has developed into some kind of sciatic nerve damage. i am 100 percent sure it is related to this because i have not done anything at all stressful on my back to re injure it. Does anyone have any advice for me on what steps to take to get some kind of medial treatment, am i able to get any kind of assistance from a past injury. another thing is that i now live in north carolina.
thank you in advance i hope someone has some advice for me, the pain is becoming so bad i can not function normally for a man my age.