My workers compensation claim was made in the State of: Alabama
I am writing for a friend, who is currently have to deal with problems with her workers comp claim.
She currently lives in Oregon and her original claim was in Alabama. After her claim was settled and they said they would provide lifetime care, she moved to Oregon to be closer to her family. At this point she was able to find a Dr. that would treat her, and things were okay for a few years. Then moved again (over a year ago), and when she went to transfer her medical care to Central Oregon the workers comp insurance company denied her. They told her she had to go and see her original Dr. which was now a 5 hour drive away. After fighting with them for months she finally gave in and tried to see that Dr., well her original treating physician had since moved out of state and the clinic where she being treated at won't see her claiming that she was no longer local and so they did not want to treat her.
Another six months go by and finally the insurance company agrees to let her see someone locally here, she has been without treatment for over a year at this point, and now the local dr's here won't see her. Basically she has been told that no one in this area will treat her, so I suggested she go to Oregons major teaching hospital in the Portland area, I could not imagine that they would not see her. No they claim that their neurology department is not accepting new patients at this point (which strikes me as total BS).
She has an empty pain pump, according to the manufacturer should be removed as soon as possible as it is not designed to be empty and could cause a number of problems at this point for her.
She needs to find a Dr. that will see her, but I don't know where to tell her to look.
I suggested she try for the Dr. who saw her that moved out of state, but he is in the Mid-west now. The only other place I can think of sending her is to one in Alabama if we can find one because I think part of the problem is that it is an out of state workers comp case?