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    Question In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    I really need advice. I donít know who to turn to. Iíve developed carpal tunnel and tendinitis because of my job. My bosses are aware of it. I made an appointment to see a specialist 1st which I guess was dumb but I thought they would order testing and theyíd see how bad it was. But now that was used as my only dr the insurance adjuster said i can use. I did get a drs note from urgent care but that says itís good until i see another specialist. I donít know what to do because my job makes my hands worse and itís hard to do anything in life let alone working. Any advice?

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    First, if you have not already done so, report this to your employer as a work injury. They should provide you with a list of at least 6 providers and you get to choose from the list. If they do not have a list, you can treat with whatever doctor you want. Even if they do have a list, you only have to treat from that list for the first 90 days.

    Second, call a workers' compensation lawyer in your area. The initial appointment is always free and they will help you protect yourself. Otherwise, it is very likely that the insurance company will take advantage of you.
    Timothy D. Belt, Esquire
    Helping injured workers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
    belt-law@belt-law.com
    www.belt-law.com

    DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    The problem is, I without knowing went to a specialist first who said I need testing done. I never went to a primary who would have evaluated me. The specialist said he normally never takes anyone out of work. So now the adjuster said I can’t go to any other dr because I’ve already been seen by one. I am allowed a 2nd opinion but that has to be another specialist since that’s who I 1st saw.

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    The adjuster is not telling you the truth. You get to pick from the list and change to another doctor on the list. If they do not have a list, you can go to any doctor you want. You need to contact a lawyer.
    Timothy D. Belt, Esquire
    Helping injured workers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
    belt-law@belt-law.com
    www.belt-law.com

    DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    Listen to Mr. Belt. Always assume the adjuster is not telling you the truth. They have no obligation to be honest with you. Either get a good lawyer to protect you and advise you, or accept the fact that you are going to get screwed.
    The North Carolina Court of Appeals has held that "In contested Workers' Compensation cases today, access to competent legal counsel is a virtual necessity." Church v. Baxter Travenol Labs, Inc., and American Motorists Insurance Company, 104 N.C. App. 411, 416 (1991).

    Bob Bollinger, Attorney and Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    Confused37
    I’ve developed carpal tunnel and tendinitis because of my job. My bosses are aware of it. I made an appointment to see a specialist 1st
    Was this doctor selected from a list provided by the employer?
    Did you sign a statement at the time of hire that you are aware of what to do if injured and your right to select a doctor from a list provided by the employer?
    If so, the employer may not be obligated to pay for treatment sought outside of their providers - if not, you have the right to seek treatment from a doctor of your choosing.

    NOTIFICATION TO EMPLOYEES OF THEIR RIGHTS AND DUTIES UNDER SECTION
    306 (f.1)(1)(i) OF THE PA. WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT
    The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act requires that employees be given written notification of their rights and
    duties under Sec. 306 (f.1)(1)(i) of the Act if a list of designated health care providers is established by the employer.

    Below are your rights and duties under Sec. 306 (f.1)(1)(i) and an acknowledgment signature line. This
    acknowledgment, signed by you, is to be returned to your employer.
    A brief summary: You have the right to seek emergency medical treatment from any provider; for post-emergency and
    other injuries, you must obtain treatment for work-related injuries and illnesses from a designated health care provider
    for 90 days. The penalty for not using a designated health care provider is that your employer is not liable for the
    medical bills incurred.


    The employer shall further ensure that the employee has been informed and that he
    understands these rights and duties. This duty shall be evidenced only by the employee’s written
    acknowledgment of having been informed and having understood his rights and duties. Any failure of the
    employer to provide and evidence such notification shall relieve the employee from any notification duty
    owed, notwithstanding any provision of this act to the contrary, and the employer shall remain liable for all
    rendered treatment.
    Subsequent treatment may be provided by any health care provider of the employee’s
    own choice. Any employee who, next following termination of the applicable period, is provided treatment
    from a nondesignated health care provider shall notify the employer within five (5) days of the first visit to
    said health care provider. Failure to so notify the employer will relieve the employer from liability for the
    payment for the services rendered prior to appropriate notice if such services are determined pursuant to paragraph (6) to have been unreasonable or unnecessary.
    https://www.patc.net/App_Themes/Publ...d%20Duties.pdf

    As the above professionals have stated, seek the assistance of a lawyer before proceeding further - that adjuster has every intention of screwing you by any means available.

    Tony
    Moderator Responses are based on my personal bias, experience and research - They do not represent the views of the admin nor may be accepted in the legal community, always consult an attorney.

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    I’m going to meet with an attorney next week. Thank you all for your help!

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    Default Re: In the Beginning Stages of Wc. Do I Need a Doctors Note That Says I Can B Out

    You are welcome.
    Timothy D. Belt, Esquire
    Helping injured workers in Northeast Pennsylvania.
    belt-law@belt-law.com
    www.belt-law.com

    DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.

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