07-21-2010, 03:15 AM
Hello I am new to the forum and am glad to have come across it. I am located in South Carolina and suffered my injury back on Feb 16, 2010. I have become frustrated with the system along the way as it does not always make sense to me. I took an aprox 20 ft fall from a 28 ft ladder while installing cable. I do not remember much for first week or the actually fall itself. I do know that I was airlifted from the local hospital to the medical university for treatment of severe injuries. I broke ribs 5 ribs punctured my spleen 3 times, crushed my wrist and was knocked out at the time of the injury. I spent a week in the hospital and have had to have a plate and I believe 6 screws placed in my wrist. They also had to operate and do several repairs to my spleen as I started bleeding again after several days in the hospital. The nightmare began shortly after I left the hospital. I have been diagnosised with a concussion which they said I could have side effects from for at least or year or they could be permenant. I have dizziness off and on, blurred vision, headaches, concentration difficulties and have suffered memory problems. The memory problems have been the hardest for me since I have always had a great memory and have never had to use other means to remember things. I am in a battle I feel like with the workers compensation representatives and have acquired a lawyer after having a catscan for my head denied by the claims adjuster and recieving massive amounts of medical bills that have been billed to my insurance. I am still having to fight for medical treatment and finally after 5 months I have an appointment scheduled to see and orthopedic doctor this Friday. The specialist that did the reconstruction on my hand recommended it to the case manager and wrote and order out for it a 2 weeks after my accident. I have been suffering back pain, difficulties with going up or down stairs, pain in my knees and pain when I try to sit. I have also started physical therapy on my hand. I have no really slept since the accident for more than 1 or 2 hours at a time. Any recommendations or information that anyone could help me out with would be appreciated it. My lawyer has been battling for treatment but warned me it is a slow process and I have finally started to recieve my TTD checks on a regular basis. I am now on my 4th nurse case manager and it has added to the challenge of the entire case because each time I have to explain everything again. I know that at this time there is no way I can return to my previous job and be able to do the work I was previously doing. This whole situation is quiet scary to me as I had work hard to establish myself in the line of work I was doing. I am also unsure of what right I have as to how much pain I have to endure. I am in constant pain and have difficulties doing some of the most basic tasks still without increasing the pain.