(07-13-2013, 11:13 PM)jayne Wrote: Wellllllllllllll hell you better start taking someone into those Dr appts with you,if nothing else record them.In most cases I don't like Nurse case managers but it may help you since nothing else seems to be .And If your lawyer is afraid of ruffling a few feathers send his little butt back to the henhouse and ask for a full grown rooster what is he waiting on your other arm to go?
What state you live in? With a CDL you cannot possiably drive with just one good arm it just cant be done safely go tomorrow and sign up for SSDI and then have a talk with your lawyer just how old are you? do you have anyone to help you thru this? cuz it can get nasty...But we can help you with questions a bit and even make you laugh now and then....
Thank you for responding! Illinois is home and I'm 45yrs. old.
I have two kids at home and a spouse. They are supportive but as new to this as I am. So, no I really don't have anyone to walk through this with me. (VERY grateful to find this site!!).
I do have a nurse case manager and she has ok. She's been assigned to my case from the beginning and has heard and witnessed some of the docs conclusions. Should I talk with her to find out if she is documenting what he says? I've cautioned from the beginning to remember that the NCM works for the insurance and not me.....
If I apply for SSDI now - will that hurt my WC case? Is it better to wait until I've reached MMI (which isn't far off given the improvement has been 5 degrees in 3 months!).
I hope I'm not coming across as whining; I'm just worn out! 4+ of the last 12 months have been completely immobilized, I've spent 44 of 52 weeks in pt, in pain daily and new doc won't prescribe pain meds ("I'm a surgeon, I fix it. I'm not a pain management doctor. You must have a low tolerance for pain.").
I'm ready to be done with docs! Whatever my future is - I'd like to get on with it!
Thanks again for responding. Feeling somewhat hopeful in just finding an outlet and others who have or are going through this (although I am sorry anyone has to experience any of this)!