workmans comp questions

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Linda Scott Posted At 08:41:20 05/06/2001
I have a few questions, maybe someone could shed some light for me. I took a job in a nursing home about 8 years ago, and the second day I was there, I fell on the job and broke my ankle. I got workmans comp for a short time, but because I chose to have my own physician attend my injury and not theirs, I lost the weekly wages, etc. Mind you, the physician who originally attended me (the workmans comp one) did NOT set my ankle properly and casted it wrong, so I was in severe pain till I saw my doctor and found out it was casted in the wrong manner. I was told if I'd stayed with them I'd been crippled for the rest of my life. NOW, for my question....because of the injury, I now have SEVERE arthritis in this ankle. Its causing me problems, because I can't stand on it, and I'm losing work because of it. Its obviously not enough to get qualified for disability, since I could conceivably work a sit down job IF I COULD FIND ONE I'M QUALIFIED FOR (which I haven't) there any possibility I could get a lawyer and get something from workmans comp? I know arthritis is somethign that won't go away ever, I'll have it the rest of my life, and be in pain the rest of my life, but its so unfair! What are my options at this point? If I'd known I was going to have problems beyond the healing of my ankle, I would have continued with the comp but I just didn't feel like dealing with their cold, unfeeling doctors and take a chance that they'd mess my ankle up worse again.
John Re: workmans comp questions (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 17:28:54 05/06/2001

Heck yeah you can do something about it!! Everybody has the right to proper medical care. Don't let anybody ever tell you that Workman's Comp OR their physician cannot be held accountable because they CAN and should. Go see an attorney that grants free consultation. He'll be drooling by the end of your story! Many people feel that W/C is untouchable because they hide behind mountains of red tape and legal mumbo-jumbo...... most of the time it's nothing but a smoke screen intended to scare off the layperson contemplating a law suit.
marsha Re: workmans comp questions (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 16:56:50 05/14/2001

Does anybody know if w.c. has to consider the general well-being of an injured person, other than the injury itself to come up with a final settlement ,under Massachusetts laws?
maryann Re: workmans comp questions (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 16:00:03 06/25/2001

I recently got hurt on the job. I have been with this company for 5 years. I was sent to the urgent treatment center. The doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer and an anti inflamitory well its been a week and I havent gotten approval from the workmans comp company for my medication. I told human resources and the response I got is well thats all I can do for you all she did was give me a 1800# and the drugstore suppose to call for approval. Well here I am no medication. The person from HR wanted me to pay for it and let workmans comp to pay me back. I dont think so I said the total was $126.00. I dont think its my responsibility.
Gail Re: workmans comp questions (Currently 0 replies)
Posted At 20:41:09 07/11/2001

I have been out of work since March 23,2001 with bi lateral Carpal Tunnel and cervial sprain strain. I had Carpal tunnel release surgery for both wrists the left release was done on March 23 and the right on May 10 along with extended physical theraphy for my wrists and left shouder cervical problems Before and after surgery. To date I am still out of work with nerve injury to the lunlar nerve (I think thats what its called) along with the median nerve injury in the cervical shoulder area. I have to date been going to the workmans comp doctors who have not given me a full release to return to work. I am seeking another doctor's opinion, who is a hand specialist in Phila. and have a appointment with him August 1. I am in a decent amount of pain and repeated use of the left arm, hand brings on the pain and muscle spasms. I found out that workmans comp has a private investigater following me which is not a problem as I'm not doing anything I'm not supposed to beside taking care of my children and food shopping, laundry etc. The problem is my job is listed in the help wanted section of the paper. I questioned human resourses and they told me they had to protect themselves as I have been out of work 3 months and the temps aren't working out. I was under the understanding they could not fill my position and must save my job for me when I get a full release from the doctor. I don't have a lawyer should I be seeking one or looking for a new job. is this legal?

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