My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Texas
I was injured in September 2011. I have a disc pertrustion at L3/L4 and L4/L5 and herinated disc at L5/S1. I underwent chiropractor care and got no relief. I was referred to an Orthopedic surgeon in November. Recommended EPI. Had that done in late December of 2011. Went back for follow up and I had a left dropped foot so surgeon said surgery time, recommended discectomy of L5/S1. Saw the DD 10 days later and after his exam he had a needle EMG done and me see another Orthopedic surgeon to verify surgery. All of this took over a month. His report comes out and he placed me at MMI on the date of his exam and gave me a 10% IR. He left in his report that if and when I have surgery that he is to perform another exam. I file with TDI and get an Ombudsman to fight MMI. Ombudsman keeps pushing back BRC. After much fighting I FINALLY get surgery approved 9 months after it was recommended. Surgery done September 2012. I saw the same DD the other day for him to determine my MMI and IR. Has anyone ever heard of having two MMI's and IR's for the same injury? I have been researching all day and have found nothing of the sort. I asked my IC adjuster if the new MMI and IR would replace the old one and he said that would be determined at the upcoming BRC. I am just wondering if this new MMI and IR are going to be treated like new and I will receive money again. And what happens to the original MMI and IR? Is it thrown out and I am eligible to get back payments for TIB's?