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Is this really how I'm suppose to be treated??
#21
Bummer Knees Wrote:I volunteered for 36 months doing intake for the children's side of disabilities Social Security Administration.

From reading what has been posted about his medical condition; my guess is he will be approved.

If his medical condition warrants approval, I am all for it. I have not volunteered to worked for the SSA but I have been through the denial and appeals of the SSA.

He says he is getting better. April 2010 will be one year. He is 34 years of age. We will see.

Why were you denied the 1st time by the SSA?
 
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#22
I would love to return to work that is the goal, but the doctor wont clear me to return to work. I cant pay for school, i wont be able to pay my bills in two months. I am a industrial machine repairman who lives in Michigan. The physician told me, and put it in writing , that I cannot return to an industrial environment.I have to work at a "sedentary clean air environment" for the rest of my life.This is so confusing. I was fine, athletic,played softball, coached little league.BY apr 09 I was dependant on high doses of steroids to breathe, Now seven months later I walk up the stairs and my chest tightens and i wheeze, but I dont have to stop and take a breathing treatment at least.I have to use rescue inhalers everyday. When I coach little league now I can t run the bases with the kids or I have to run to my inhaler.This is just maddening.
 
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#23
maint314 Wrote:I would love to return to work that is the goal, but the doctor wont clear me to return to work. I cant pay for school, i wont be able to pay my bills in two months. I am a industrial machine repairman who lives in Michigan. The physician told me, and put it in writing , that I cannot return to an industrial environment.I have to work at a "sedentary clean air environment" for the rest of my life.This is so confusing. I was fine, athletic,played softball, coached little league.BY apr 09 I was dependant on high doses of steroids to breathe, Now seven months later I walk up the stairs and my chest tightens and i wheeze, but I dont have to stop and take a breathing treatment at least.I have to use rescue inhalers everyday. When I coach little league now I can t run the bases with the kids or I have to run to my inhaler.This is just maddening.

You cannot return to a Industrial job but you seem to be saying he released you to sedentary work. If you are able to do any type of gainful employment, SSDI will nor approve you by there rules. If you were above 50, It would be easier for you.

WC is not in the business of getting you health back to pre-injury status; All they want is for you to be released at some level anfd that seems to be sedentary by what you stated above.

Did they offer you Vocational Rehab if your state offers it?

Unless you can bring a lawsuit against this company I believe you have to seek other employment as the Doctor said.

Most,IW's feel this WC system is all wrong.

You have lost your WC pay. WC IC believes you are ready to find work at a sedentary level. Please do not go broke waiting on WC to "pony up" pay because you will lose. I am just trying to be honest with you.

I really do not know what you are expecting or what do you want? I hate you are going thru all your troubles but life must go on.
 
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#24
The severity of your lung disease may just qualify you for permanent total disability if you have no ability to even walk short distances without exhaustion and shortness of breath. It wold be no different than the disabled asbestos and coal miners lung patients. Your best bet may actually finding a qualified lawyer who has successfully represented such cases.

freebird Wrote:
maint314 Wrote:I would love to return to work that is the goal, but the doctor wont clear me to return to work. I cant pay for school, i wont be able to pay my bills in two months. I am a industrial machine repairman who lives in Michigan. The physician told me, and put it in writing , that I cannot return to an industrial environment.I have to work at a "sedentary clean air environment" for the rest of my life.This is so confusing. I was fine, athletic,played softball, coached little league.BY apr 09 I was dependant on high doses of steroids to breathe, Now seven months later I walk up the stairs and my chest tightens and i wheeze, but I dont have to stop and take a breathing treatment at least.I have to use rescue inhalers everyday. When I coach little league now I can t run the bases with the kids or I have to run to my inhaler.This is just maddening.

You cannot return to a Industrial job but you seem to be saying he released you to sedentary work. If you are able to do any type of gainful employment, SSDI will nor approve you by there rules. If you were above 50, It would be easier for you.

WC is not in the business of getting you health back to pre-injury status; All they want is for you to be released at some level anfd that seems to be sedentary by what you stated above.

Did they offer you Vocational Rehab if your state offers it?

Unless you can bring a lawsuit against this company I believe you have to seek other employment as the Doctor said.

Most,IW's feel this WC system is all wrong.

You have lost your WC pay. WC IC believes you are ready to find work at a sedentary level. Please do not go broke waiting on WC to "pony up" pay because you will lose. I am just trying to be honest with you.

I really do not know what you are expecting or what do you want? I hate you are going thru all your troubles but life must go on.
 
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#25
I could be wrong here but I think only a second opinion can state whether or not Maint can return to work at this time. There are numerous pulmonary diseases that prevent people from being able to return to work. SSDI does not mean that he won't recover, it just means he can provide for himself and get proper medical care until that time. In my state SSDI through Voc rehab can get training for other jobs, even college.

Maint I think you've gotten some good advice, make the calls, see what type of help you can receive. You might also consider consulting a SS lawyer.

Take care,
BB
 
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#26
I do know from My Father that if You can't Walk for 150 Feet without the Use of an Inhaler or Breathing Aide. He has COPD, and when He Applied that was the Guideline, it May have Changed, but I doubt it!! Applying and with an Attorney would be Your Best Bet Right now, and Best of Luck!!Wink
 
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#27
maint314 Wrote:Thanks everyone for answering so quick. I'm only 34, have no family i can lean on , and have never been thru anything like this.I've been working since I was 15 and supporting myself since I was 17.Never had any troubles until now. It just blows my mind that I got sick because of work environment and I'm the one who is in ruin now. Even OSHA came in after this was reported and did air quality tests and fined the company. It was only a 750$ fine. But they found higher levels of cobalt and carbide then was allowed.Yet here I sit freaking out cause I'm not gonna be able to pay bills in the next couple months, and did nothing but go to work everyday. So thanks for the ear everyone. Here is the answers to everyones questions:
CYCLER- My plant was a small business.It doesnt have a safety team or union or anything of that sort.The stuff you wrote about ,cobalt,tungsten,and sintering is exactley what we did there. I was the maintenenace man. It is a Tungsten Carbide Manufacturer.
CAPRICORN- Thanks for the refferal. I will look him up. They have not checked my home for irritants but OSHA did inspect the shop and they were fined.
BUMMERKNEES- Thank you for the links, I am going to look at them here in a minute. I do have a w/c attorney and had a pretrial. We have another court date in a couple of weeks that the my attorney says so the magistrate can check on our progress.
FREEBIRD- Thank you for the link.
BADBOY- Thanks for the link.All that is there has been done.w/c is disputing the claim so they wont pay for anything right now.So my attorney says it has to come out of my pocket.
My attorney said this could go on for a couple years. If that is true how do people survive? The specialist wont release me to work, yet cant treat me anymore than he is because he cant run further tests. And worst of all how do I tell my 12 year old daughter that her father can't do his part to take care of her. I have never felt like less of a man than I do right now.At least I have a place I can talk to someone now, and i apologize if i come across as a whiner. Please dont think that, I have taken care of business and my daughter since I was 17. Ive never been in a position where I have no control.Thank you all for being here!!!!!!

First of all get a work comp specialist attorney which is hard because I just had to that. Second find a doctor in a federally funded clinic, your bill will be based sliding scale on your income,
also apply for medicaid (for testing and medication) and food stamps. You also have a pretty good malpractice case because of the extended delay in your diagnosis by your treating doctor. Sorry you are going through this but now is not the time to be the nice guy, you are already getting screwed over. Its not easy to push, push, push but that is what you are going to have to do.
 
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#28
Thank you everyone for all the advice. My doctor hasnt released me to any kind of work. He wrote in his notes, and told me, that i cannot return to an industrial environment. In his opinion I will be able to return to a sedentary, clean air environment. I asked him what does that mean? He told me he beleives I will be able to return to a job where I'm on my rear shuffling papers. My line of work my whole life has been machine repair. I've had to climb, crawl, squeeze my self into places. work with tools on some big equipment.I'm my feet and on the plant floors keeping it running.I dont know what to expect Cycler. I want to get back to work, but because I cant return to an industrial environment I cant do what I've been doing since I was 19. And that is because of my last work environment. Doesnt that make this their fault???? Yet I'm the one that is at finacial ruin. THIS IS COMPLETELY BAFFLING AND NOT RIGHT. i'M ONLY 34 AND CANT PROVIDE BECAUSE A DOCTOR WONT OFFICIALLY RELEASE ME TO WORK, I HAVE NO INSURANCE TO CONTINUE TREATMENT AND NO INCOME CAUSE W/C IS DISPUTING THE CLAIM. AUGHH. This is impossible.
 
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#29
I am not trying to be the Devil's advocate but the fact that all you have ever done since 19 is work in a factory repairing machines will get you no where with SSDI. You are only 34. They will say you are able to work because seemingly per your own words you will be released at a sedentary level of work.

Never say never. You will not be the first or last IW who has been financially ruined and must start over. The good thing is you are only 34.

What I struggle with is you say that WC has stopped your pay. They must feel you are at MMI and you are ready to be rehabilitated or return to work. They would not cut you off if they knew you were not able to return to work.

In my state, If you return to work at a job making less money than the job you were at when injured, they will supplement your pay to either 90-95% of your former pay for up to 10 years.

Honestly, WC nor SSA could care less if you go broke. They seem to be expecting you to find a job and go to work.

Have you had a Independent Medical exam?(IME) What did this Doctor say?

Reading between the lines, It seems your personal Doctor says this but the WC Doctors disagree and the IME also disagrees.

You need to get advise from a Attorney and try and move something forward. Like now if I was you.

Good Luck and remember when its all said and done, you have to move forward. You are young; you could be a millionaire this time next year. Do not sell yourself short of your capabilities and set goals that are reachable.
 
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#30
I understand freebird and I really appreciate you and everyone has been giving advice to me.WC was never paying me anything. The only thing I have received was short term disability that paid me a little more than a 1/4 of my weekely salary each week from a different insurance that my work carried. That ran out a few months ago and in order to receive that they made me sign a paper saying it would be repayed. WC has given me nothing. My lawyer said it is because they are disputing the claim.So I have a stack of medical bills, cant be treated any further. Noone has said anything about mmi.I am speaking to my lawyer tommorow.What would be some smart questions to ask him?you are right, i am young and COULD be a millionaire next year, but I WILL be homeless in a couple months.
 
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