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RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - jayne - 03-01-2008

there is medicade which will take care of your little guy and may even SSDI for your handicapped child also try for foodstamps get ahold of Bummer knees she will have alot of answers for you as she also has a child with special needs....and can walk you thru the SSDI insurance for your child.....no low income child is without insurance in most states.Good luck and listen to your doc get back to work if you can but wait on settlement until he is completely healed....IC's prey on your need for money to get you to settle for less or to quick.


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - Bummer Knees - 03-01-2008

Welcome to the forum.

I am a parent support worker and do parent assist with families with children with disabilities. I work as a volunteer through the my state's Parent Training & Information Center mandated by IDEA.

I will send you a pm as I need to get some information so I can assist you with locating resources.

I am also the parent of 4 children with disabilities, one with Autism.


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - UndercovrAngel - 03-01-2008

vickinat Wrote:I would check with his employer and see if he qualifies for FMLA, this will protect his job and health insurance for 12 weeks.

Vicki,
I think he would have to check with his company and make sure that the FMLA would cover his personal health insurance as well. While out from October to January on FMLA, I still had to pay my portion of all of my medical, pharmacy, dental, vision and life insurance policies. FMLA doesn't guarantee this benefit, only that you will be returned to work at the end of your time off to the same position with the same rate of pay, or if on restrictions, will return you to some form of work that you can do within your restrictions at a comparable rate of pay.

As for the IC adjuster already talking settlement.. I think he/she has to be on drugs. There is no way that they can know at this time if he will be found MMI or when he will, nor if he will end up with any percentage of disability or returned to work as 100%. It sounds like the adjustor thinks that this would be an easy case where they can walk over the injured worker and get off easy with as little paid out as possible. I would be looking at getting another adjustor, or talking to his superior. Excuse my language but that is totally asinine in my opinion.

Angel ^j^



RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - DadToThree - 03-01-2008

Bummer Knees, Jayne, UndercverAngel, Badco, Kate, Sparkey, vickinat and Tweety00... you all have such great info.. Thanks!!! I'll post later once my husband has seen the doc. You are all terrific.

I have a question... I've been hunting the web but I haven't found the answer yet... once you've been injured on the job... how long do you have before requesting a PPD? Can you have an injury and get treatment and then go back to work and can you come back to the employer 2-3 years later and request a PPD? I'm asking because a close friend has a grown son who was just diagnosed with brain cancer (again) and this time it's inoperable. He's only 24. My husband remembered that he had sustained an injury while at work FT at my husband's co.. This happened close to three years ago. His shoulder was injured and he had to have surgery. We will check with him to see if he signed off on anything but we don't think he did. Based on our experience my husband's co. does not have a policy of letting injured employees know fully about their W/C benefits. This young man has three dependents but one brain tumor is already affecting his gross motor skills so work and driving are a big problem now. They could really use some financial relief. If he should have gotten a PPD and didn't this would be a good time for it. Thanks for any info. on the time limit.

And thanks again for all of your posts!! Ali - DadToThree's wife


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - tweety00 - 03-02-2008

please since each state is differnet go to the top of this page and learn everything that you can about your states w/c program ....click on state infro ..

but my opinion only if it was for shoulder on origional report how would the head become included ?
you can add the state on your infromation page by clicking on the user cp top middle area and just put your state in there also for future help ..

Welcome and sorry about starting this journey ... please check out the off topic where we try to let some laughs and stress release ... Smile


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - sparkey - 03-02-2008

It is against the law in most /almost all states that i know of to NOT post the wc law every year on a wall somewhere at your place of work. It is a goverment poster that has to be able to be seen by everyone that works for that company. I know this as i am now in charge of doing that for our company. It is required by OSHA. Please click on the link below. There is a fine if NOT posted somewhere in the workplace.http://www.laborlawcenter.com/complete-labor-law-posters.asp?gclid=CLiosoG37pECFSK9FQodIltmwQ


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - DadToThree - 03-04-2008

Hi again.

My husband went to the ortho's yesterday and she said he could go on light duty. She started him on PT. He's healing normally so far... still can't lift his arm high. His fingers go numb if he does certain things. So.... time will tell.

Today, Tuesday, he's back at work. The claims person at the W/C co. tried to pay us less that the agreed on weekly amount. I caught it and he said he would correct it. He and my husband's co. W/C handler seem very happy that my husband is back at work. I mentioned the PPD to my husband's co. just to keep it fresh that we are not going to be run over. But I am staying friendly.

I'm new to W/C and I'm digesting the fact that the co. my husband works for and the W/C handling co. really don't seem to give a rip about our family. They just want to work at minimalizing the co. payout. So.... my husband and I need to watch out for our family.

Thanks all for your help. As my husband heals we'll deal with the PPD later with our lawyer's help. I am relieved that my husband will be able to earn his usual pay doing light work and also that our insurances will again be covered. I know we need to look at the long-run and the big picture... but I'm needing diapers and meds for our special needs child so I have to deal with the immediate care too.

Regarding the young man that I mentioned before... 24 years old with brain cancer. He worked for my husband's co. in the past and was injured and had surgery as a result. His shoulder still hurts. But he didn't know about the PPD. And I found out his injury took place 3 years and four months ago and in IL the limit is three years to file so he lost the window of opp. Sad Sad because right now with inoperable brain cancer he could really use some cash. It ticks me off that things like the PPD aren't well known amongst employees.

Our youngest has Down Syndrome and a throat stenosis but he also reacted to vaccines and became autistic.

If anyone needs help with autism I know something about that. My son is coming out of it. We're using supplements and they are working with alot of prayer of course. Anyone can feel free to email if they need supplement info.. Our son is no longer head-banging or hand-flapping and he now looks us in the eye and gives hugs. He lost speech but I see it coming back and he is overall leaving the autistic "bubble". Smile

Blessings, Ali wife to DadToThree xo goodplans4you@yahoo.com


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - Bummer Knees - 03-04-2008

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RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - jayne - 03-04-2008

way to gfo Bummerknees


RE: Broken Collarbone ... need advice... - DadToThree - 03-09-2008

Thank you so much for the terrific list! Our local Easter Seals is sometimes a help with info. too. Thankfully my husband is healing fairly well so for now the insur. issue is under control.

Each child and adult is unique. Our child has a throat stenosis along with his other issues. We've kept him out of public school so far. Common colds can be life threatening for him. We've gone through about 16 pediatricians. We finally figured out that he was reacting to vaccines... having nearly died and then acquiring autism from the last batch... but some MD's have still wanted to vaccinate! And the public preschool was not going to accomodate his need for a nearly germ-free environment and we were told by a friend of mine at Easter Seals that home therapy could be acquired with effort but that it wasn't worth the effort. Her friend got it and it was a mess. Thankfully I homeschool my 14 year old and we keep our 4 year old with Down's quite busy. Smile

Back to W/C.... thanks again for all of the great support. We really appreciate the great answers and help. We will also appreciate a settlement later as we've lost money we sorely needed.

Blessings to this list!!! DadToThree and his wife of 28 years