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    Default Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    I received, as well as my attorney, a letter from Catalyst RTW stating that the WC IC (Workers’ comp insurance carrier) adjuster had retained them for a vocational assessment. I have not been cleared by any of my physicians to return to work. IC adjuster has not approved appointment and PT requests/referrals from physicians which were ordered 4 and 5 months ago. My attorney says that I have to go to the vocational assessment at some point. I am not understanding how this is even legal as WC IC is dragging feet to approve appointments and I am not cleared for any type of work. Advice, help, direction would be much appreciated. I’m quite disturbed with the pending situation.

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    Default Re: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    First off - what type of injury?
    Just because you may not be cleared for work, doesn't disqualify you from vocational rehab - you may still be able to attend classes a few hours a day or go into a training program.
    I'm assuming you're not a paraplegic - without knowing your injury or the degree, it's impossible to comment further.

    No, it's not illegal to retrain an injured worker when they're collecting wage loss benefits.

    Tony
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    Default Re: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    Quote Quoting tony View Post
    First off - what type of injury?
    Just because you may not be cleared for work, doesn't disqualify you from vocational rehab - you may still be able to attend classes a few hours a day or go into a training program.
    I'm assuming you're not a paraplegic - without knowing your injury or the degree, it's impossible to comment further.

    No, it's not illegal to retrain an injured worker when they're collecting wage loss benefits.

    Tony
    Hi Tony,

    Thank you for your response. I am an RN/BSN, suffered neck and shoulder injuries when launched from the back of an ambulance into the steel partition wall and walk through to cab @55-65mph, while transporting patient from and appt.(non-emergent). Due to the accident, I have bulging discs in my cervical spine, narrowing of the foramin, which causes pain, numbness and tingling from the right side of my neck across my right shoulder, down to my right scapula and mid-back. I have undergone a shoulder surgery, which included distal clavicle resection, biceps tenotomy, complete rotator cuff repair; the ball of my right humerus bone had crystallized as well as the socket, d/t the trauma, and large portions of both debrided. The ball of the humerus bone now looks like a cookie with a large bite out of it. I have been diagnosed with stage 4 glenohumeral osteoarthritis as well as A/C joint osteoarthritis, and impingement syndrome. Pain is non-stop @varying levels for both injuries. Neurosurgeon sent me to Sports medicine specialist for neck injuries, PT ordered in 3/2019 - still not approved. If PT not effective, injections or surgery to cervical spine. Cortisone shots to shoulder 3x throughout treatment - one prior to surgery, one 4 months post op, and one 12 months post-op, none were effective. Follow up with shoulder specialist ordered for July 2019, still not approved. Limited ROM(range of motion)to neck and right arm/shoulder. Trying to keep it brief - thank you for your time.

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    Default Re: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    am417
    I am an RN/BSN, suffered neck and shoulder injuries
    They do have a right to do an "assessment" to determine your limitations or potential, they will then coordinate with your doctor to determine if or when you may be ready for vocational rehab.
    As long as you have a lawyer, they shouldn't get too stupid although they will try.

    Tony
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    Default Re: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    Thank you. I do have an attorney. Catalyst RTW is paid by WC IC and the job would be a survey/ telemarketer type“funded job” by the IC. I’ve been off since my surgery in 4/18, and “prognosis is not good” even according to IC IME physician. I am frustrated that they have requested the vocational assessment when they won’t even approve appointments and treatment ordered 4-5 months ago. How can someone, who isn’t a medical professional and who is paid by the WC IC, be allowed to assess my abilities and disabilities to try to show I’m “employable”? I’ve done everything as ordered: PT and all other appointments; 2 IME’s. I haven’t missed a beat. I’m still not able to drive d/t pain and lack of ROM. I am awake multiple times throughout the night d/t pain. I just don’t get it. It’s not right, and I don’t understand how a WC Judge wouldn’t see through all of this.....that the IC is PAYING a company to “assess” me to get me off their books- so wrong.
    Thank you again for listening and thoughts

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    Default Re: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    Quote Quoting am417 View Post
    I received, as well as my attorney, a letter from Catalyst RTW stating that the WC IC (Workers’ comp insurance carrier) adjuster had retained them for a vocational assessment. I have not been cleared by any of my physicians to return to work. IC adjuster has not approved appointment and PT requests/referrals from physicians which were ordered 4 and 5 months ago. My attorney says that I have to go to the vocational assessment at some point. I am not understanding how this is even legal as WC IC is dragging feet to approve appointments and I am not cleared for any type of work. Advice, help, direction would be much appreciated. I’m quite disturbed with the pending situation.
    The carrier is entitled to an interview of this sort up to 2 times in a 12 month period. Whether or not it will impact your benefits is another question completely. Listen to your attorney. That is why you have one.
    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: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    Will do - thank you

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    Default Re: Catalyst Rtw Vocational Assessment

    "Catalyst RTW" is an entity well known in the community of work comp lawyers. Your lawyer is probably aware of how they work. Hopefully your lawyer is on top of it. Depending on your state laws, there may or may not be much your lawyer can do about it. And your lawyer may not be able to do anything about it until after Catalyst has recommended their thing and some action has been taken. Speak to your lawyer about your concerns.
    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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