11-05-2009, 01:19 AM
I am very happy I found this place.I am in Michigan and my case seems to be different from the others I have read here. I worked for my company for 5 1/2 years. In the first few weeks I was there I started having trouble breathing and had to go to the emergency room. They told me I have asthma, treated me and released me. I returned to work and over the next 5 years my breathing got worse and worse. It got to the point that I was taking 8 different medications, breathing treatments, and the only thing that would work is high doses of steroids. I was hospitalized two other times during those years for acute asthma and unless I was on high doses of steroids I could barely get off the couch. In April of 09 I just couldnt take it anymore and told my doctor we need to do something else cause I'm getting worse. I ended up going to a center for Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The physician, after lots of test and referrals to other doctors, diagnosed me with Interstitial Lung Disease, COPD, Asthma from being exposed to Cobalt and Carbide dust at work.I had to immediately be removed from from the workplace in mid April 09. Workers Comp immediately disputed the claim and my employer told me I should get an attorney.(I didnt want to at first because my employers treated me like family and I didnt want to do that to them.)I recieved short term disability for a few months that was half what I made. That ran out and my health insurance ran out 30 days after I had to leave work. Now I am down to my last 2000$. Cant afford prescriptions I am suppose to be on. Doctor doesnt know how to continue treatment cause I have no insurance and no way to pay for testing. He has givin me some samples that he has to keep me with some meds. Is this how this is works? I am at financial ruin. I cant pay for my child support, rent, let alone medications. I have told my attorney this and he said that I have to pay for these things because workers comp is disputing claim. Can anyone give me any advice,insight. Is this really how this is?? Is this how I'm suppose to be treated?