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IME dr. says I'm at MMI
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Hi everyone! I have some questions I was wondering if anyone here would be able to answer before I start making some phone calls. The IME dr. put me at MMI but says I am unable to return to my position of employment and gave me a % of disability for total body. He states that he thinks I can still work an 8 hr. day just doing sedentary work, no lifting anything over 15lbs., nothing repetititive-because I do have work restrictions. My injury was bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. Now, here's where my questions come in...we had a hearing because my employer wanted to stop my TTD because of the MMI, which was approved. Does my treating dr. get to agree or disagree with the IME findings and the disability rating? Since my employer doesn't have any light duty work for me...can I file for unemployment yet? I've heard mention of wage loss benefits, is that like unemployment? How do I know if I am entitled to it? The IME dr. stated that my continuing problems are "permanent" and any other medical treatment would not help it...are there any other benefits that I am entitled to that I might not be aware of. I'm going to be speaking to the BWC later this morning...just thought I'd check with you guys first. Thanks ahead of time.

nauticalgurl1
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#2
yes the work comp court will allow you to present evidence of another doctor's opiniion.
yes you can file for unemployment since your restrictions are permanent and TTD has stopped.
like workers comp unemployment will notify you whether your claim is rejected. another way you'll know is: they won't send you checks.
check out the BWC website for information
http://www.ohiobwc.com/Default.aspx
 
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#3
If you doctor can't do any thing more medically for you then MMI is the answer. But, you first need to be seen by your doctor and get their rating for you also. I would do this quickly. Then share a copy of the IME with them.

That is where you now start.
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Why would b/l CTS limit you to sedentary work ???? That's going to cause a problem I imagine in trying to find work. Most CTS patients simply avoid repetitive grasping since that is the causing factor.
 
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Bad Boy Bad Boy Wrote:If you doctor can't do any thing more medically for you then MMI is the answer. But, you first need to be seen by your doctor and get their rating for you also. I would do this quickly. Then share a copy of the IME with them.

That is where you now start.

I spoke with my claims specialist at the BWC and our line of thinking on the IME dr. giving me the rating was because of the 26 wk. wait time before I can file for PPD. Does that make sense? I'm fairly certain that my treating dr. is going to agree with the IME dr. because after my last couple of appts. with him he was getting frustrated with me on not getting better but couldn't offer me any other treatment options. 1171 stated that I should be able to file for unemployment....shouldn't I do wage loss compensation instead? My restrictions are preventing me from finding suitable employment. My employer(yes, they still have me employed there) just doesn't have any "light-duty work available for me within my restrictions so I would think I'd have to do the wage loss compensation instead of unemployment. I know I can't do both.....
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
 
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there is no work comp law preventing you from filing.
 
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Cycler Wrote:Why would b/l CTS limit you to sedentary work ???? That's going to cause a problem I imagine in trying to find work. Most CTS patients simply avoid repetitive grasping since that is the causing factor.

Cycler, my bad...I have the IME dr.'s report in front of me now...in it he states that he believes I can function at a light duty capacity. Which would include lifting or handling 10lbs.-15lbs. max, where no repetitive gripping is required and no use of vibratory or power equipment. With that being known still my employer has no light duty available. So, I'm at MMI...now what do I do?
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
 
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#8
Find a job within your restriction s that does not bother your hands ? Many ( all ?) states will continue wage loss in one form or another while you search.
 
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#9
Is this your dominant hand?
carpal tunnel recurrence/ neuropathy / RSD.
1/29/07 injury date. Permanent. PIR settlement 8/4/08 10%
 
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sparkey Wrote:Is this your dominant hand?

It's bilateral...
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