Filed injury report and notified my manager immediately (we do report online) thought I just pulled a muscle continued to work next four days as it was holiday and weekend time and saw family Dr. Monday (injury 12/31). He felt it was pulled muscle and prescribed muscle relaxer ( refused heavy pain meds due to hour drive to work, masks symptoms not curative, etc). He said it would hurt 2-3 wks so I tried to suck it up. Fast forward 3 wks couldn't walk well, get out of bed without tears or sit. Made appt with chiropractor and MD (mine). X-ray and MRI showed multiple disc issues. Called WC and asked what to do as my MD wanted to refer me out and I knew I had to be in network. She had me fill out paperwork and fax and told me to Continue with chiropractor and any care I thought I needed. 3 weeks later she finally got me in with "Gatekeeper" (i should note that with chiropractor care and a month of no work I was able to walk and move much better) stated disc issues, yes work related and light duty work (I brought MRI report). Scheduled to work next day. I worked a 9 1/2 hour day and told manager I was hurting and would try to get in with WC Dr. Worked 4 hours yesterday went to WC Dr. Office saw NP who said "you're going to be sore, what do you want". I said "I can handle sore, however I cannot stand up straight or walk/move without pain. This is how it started and I don't want to get back to that point". End of story, I go back to work Monday. WC told me to make sure I use pto time for my missed work (she did finally tell me I have a case number) and my month missed work prior won't be paid as it wasn't their Dr. Who wrote note. Nor will this even though it was their Dr. I am concerned I'm just hurting myself more. I was ordered steroid and WC finally agreed to fill it (was ordered by WC Dr) after I picked it back up from work pharmacy on 2nd day and told WC I would fill it with my own insurance. WC Dr. Stated the steroid would make me able to work.
Am I only going to know the rules and get true help if I hire an attny?