My workers compensation claim was made in the State of:
My husband has been working in the oilfield for the last year and a half....and started getting shooting pain in his hands over the last several months. It has progressed to the point that he can't work the Derrick any
longer as he can't hold on to the ladder. He has been telling his supervisors this over the last 5-6 months and they just put him off and think he is just using it as an excuse. He was called into his main supervisor's office
and received a verbal warning that he needed to start stepping up (strange that he just got his annual performance evaluation in December and it was a successful eval). He told his main supervisor what he has been
telling his rig supervisors (he has several rigs he works on and each has a different operator)about the electrically shocks and pain he has been experiencing..and that it is getting worse as time goes on. My husband told
his main supervisor that he has an appointment with our family doctor scheduled for when he returned home from his hitch. They wanted to take him in to see the company Doctor. Their Dr said he had carpal tunnel and
possible a pinch nerve in the neck....and told his main supervisor that he was not to perform derrickhand duties....but could return to floorhand duty. Their Dr said that he didn't think it was work related....but wanted our
family doctor to call him after her examination to discuss her opinion. He went to see our family doctor and she believes it is work related!! My husband has never had this pain/problem with his hands before. Our doctor
told my husband that he needs to file a workers comp claim...so that they can go ahead and have a nerve tests done....and in the meantime wear braces on both hands as much as possible. Husband called his main
supervisor and told him what his family doctor said and asked for a w/c claim to be filed. A couple of days went by and still no claim filed. Talked to his main supervisor inquiring about it again and he was told that the
head man was coming in and they would discuss it. The next day main supervisor, head company man and safety supervisor came to job site to talk with him and told him that he needed to have his family doctor file out
some forms and get them back to the main supervisor a.s.a.p.
I received the email from my husbands company with the form that they wanted the doctor to fill out. It was a FIT for duty form....which I was confused as to why a FIT for duty form needed to be submitted to company
before they will file a workers comp claim for my husbands work injury. It seems kind of strange to me that they don't just file a w/c claim. Why would they want a FIT for duty form filled out before submitting a w/c
claim? I kind of feel like this company is trying to have a reason to terminate my husband before a w/c claim is filed.
Does anyone have any suggestions or comments on what my husband should do....or what can be done to protect my husband.