A few weeks ago I was so discouraged, so angry and sad at the WC process, that I posted in this forum I cried all day. I think I needed to do that, to get that out of my system so I could pick myself up and go on. What I realized was that the IC was not crying, they were not discouraged nor sad. They were going about business as usual doing what they get paid to do. So, I refocused my thinking, tightened my boot straps and prayed. I prayed for courage, to be able to encourage myself when there was absolutely no reason at all to be happy about my situation. Then I began thinking about other people in the world who are worse off than myself. That cheered me right up. I just had my second knee surgery this past Friday and today I am limping around the house, looking forward to the beginning of PT. Still no sign of a lost wages check yet, (it's been 18 weeks since my injury), my attorney has secured a second court date scheduled for June 20th. Yesterday I received in the mail a prescription drug card for my WC medications. This is the 2nd prescription drug card I received from my IC since my injury (the first one was cancelled by the IC without explanation.) So, if I look on the bright side, this is promising.
In addition, I saw an advertising on television from a local WC law firm and they demonstrated why we need legal representation going through these situations. The advertisement showed how it is the IC 'strategy' to "drag out" and "make an injured person wait" until the injured person decides to take matters in their own hands, and contact the IC to settle without a lawyer. The IC views this as an advantage when we are at our most vulnerable, when our basic life necessities are in jeopardy of being taken away (home, shut off notices from utililities, lack of food, This, the advertisement said was the worst thing an injured person can do. Yes, it is proving to be a long process, (it's been 18 weeks since I had a paycheck), but I know that one day and probably soon, I'll get my lost wages check(s). As my attorney advised me, "my job is to get well, his job is to fight the IC." If I can keep thinking like this, I can make it.