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Work injury - shoulder Help! - DragonSword - 03-20-2014

So I injured my shoulder last year. My claim was accepted even though it did worsen a previous injury. Well, now I learned the previous injury may have had nothing to do with it. I have attempted a handful of modified duty shifts and each time it's the same- my shoulder gets worse. I've had to take pain killers for the pain and I've only gotten about one or two hours of sleep for the past 2 1/2 months. Last night and the night before were the only nights I've gotten 8+ hours of sleep. The MRI I had did show something wrong with my shoulder. Doctor said it can take up to half a year to heal.

I have a loss in range of motion, a pinching/pulsing like feeling in my shoulder, and I am in pain 24/7.

What's ironic is that my second doctor said I can lift up to ten pounds and have light use of my shoulder during work. These restrictions are even lighter than the ones from the other place.

I have bills to pay and I will be unable to pay my rent if something is not done by the end of the month.

The doctor I saw before this one told me I was going to get 4-6 weeks more recovery time when we talked before the MRI. Three days later I was released to modified duty. He shrugged off my concerns.

I need the use of this shoulder later in the year for some activities I have planned. I am also looking at trying to get something slower for a job but I fear this will prohibit me from getting one.

Point is I need help getting the doctor to get me an extended leave note. I cannot drive or even hold up a cell phone for crying out loud!


RE: Work injury - shoulder Help! - 1171 - 03-20-2014

you may need a second opinion or change treating doctors.
each state has it's own rules about work comp.
contact the carrier with your situation and followup with a request in writing.


RE: Work injury - shoulder Help! - DragonSword - 03-20-2014

(03-20-2014, 02:22 PM)1171 Wrote: you may need a second opinion or change treating doctors.
each state has it's own rules about work comp.
contact the carrier with your situation and followup with a request in writing.

This is actually my 2nd doctor. What can I do to convince him I'm in extreme pain? I do have an attorney, but it seems as though the adjuster is refusing to acknowledge they represent me.


RE: Work injury - shoulder Help! - 1171 - 03-21-2014

refuse to deal directly with the carrier; go thru your atty.
pain is subjective; there is no reliable test that can quantify it.
you can find out more about the different kinds of pain from a medical website like web MD or Merck.
pain is not only a sign of injury but also of healing. it can sometimes take time to tell the difference.
discuss a referral to a pain management specialist for some techniques for dealing with it.


RE: Work injury - shoulder Help! - DragonSword - 03-21-2014

(03-21-2014, 01:09 AM)1171 Wrote: refuse to deal directly with the carrier; go thru your atty.
pain is subjective; there is no reliable test that can quantify it.
you can find out more about the different kinds of pain from a medical website like web MD or Merck.
pain is not only a sign of injury but also of healing. it can sometimes take time to tell the difference.
discuss a referral to a pain management specialist for some techniques for dealing with it.

Thanks for the tips. This entire process has been very frustrating. Do some doctors listen to the adjuster and not the patient?


RE: Work injury - shoulder Help! - 1171 - 03-21-2014

both.
it depends on what is being discussed but the one who pays the bills has a lot to say about what happens.
workers comp is not health insurance; it's the employers insurance.
the employer, doctor, carrier, and atty all know this; sometimes the worker doesn't.
like it or not, your opinion is not the most important.
for the most part you are just a "passenger" not the "driver".
that may be why you are frustrated.



RE: Work injury - shoulder Help! - DragonSword - 03-21-2014

(03-21-2014, 01:18 PM)1171 Wrote: both.
it depends on what is being discussed but the one who pays the bills has a lot to say about what happens.
workers comp is not health insurance; it's the employers insurance.
the employer, doctor, carrier, and atty all know this; sometimes the worker doesn't.
like it or not, your opinion is not the most important.
for the most part you are just a "passenger" not the "driver".
that may be why you are frustrated.


I guess. I've just been waiting a while for the second part of the treatment related to the injury. It's getting worse day by day. At least the pain or healing is.