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Dr. wants to make me Perm and stationary - cat27 - 11-10-2009

on the 20th.
I don't agree with this.
If he does will my WC payments drop right away or do I get to ask for a QME before they effect the change?
I am in California.
Off work due to employer not being able to accomodate (restrictions are slowly getting less restrictive though so I am hopeful).
TIA


RE: Dr. wants to make me Perm and stationary - 1171 - 11-10-2009

yes, it's likely Temporary disability will be stopped until the QME opinion is known.
If Permanent impairment is likely you can request advances.
You should consider applying for unemployment.


RE: Dr. wants to make me Perm and stationary - chrischris - 11-10-2009

What is your injury, and what specialty did you request for your QME? Have you already selected the doctor and set up an appt.? You only have 10 days from the time you get the list of the panel doctors to choose, or your I/C chooses for you.

QME is your only recourse. Have your QME appt. BEFORE you hire an attorney. In California, many attorneys will not take your case until you have had a QME. This is because once you are repped, you will have to have an AME (agreed medical examiner) and many are defense oriented. (not all!) Once you go to a QME, you will always go back to that QME, even after you are repped. It's to your advantage.

Like 1171 said, you may qualify for advance PD. Talk to your C/A about that.


RE: Dr. wants to make me Perm and stationary - cat27 - 11-11-2009

The Dr I am seeing hasn't done the assessment for permanent and stationary yet. It's scheduled for next week. My issue is i am NOT stationary....I am slowly getting better. I have been on TD 4 1/2 months.....it seems like he is rushing things to me.
My injury is low back...non surgical.
Can I ask for a different WC DR?...This guy really doesn't listen to me imho. My restrictions are slowly becoming LESS restrictive so I just don't "get" how I am perm and stationary.
Thanks all.
chrischris Wrote:What is your injury, and what specialty did you request for your QME? Have you already selected the doctor and set up an appt.? You only have 10 days from the time you get the list of the panel doctors to choose, or your I/C chooses for you.

QME is your only recourse. Have your QME appt. BEFORE you hire an attorney. In California, many attorneys will not take your case until you have had a QME. This is because once you are repped, you will have to have an AME (agreed medical examiner) and many are defense oriented. (not all!) Once you go to a QME, you will always go back to that QME, even after you are repped. It's to your advantage.

Like 1171 said, you may qualify for advance PD. Talk to your C/A about that.



RE: Dr. wants to make me Perm and stationary - 1171 - 11-11-2009

you can change doctors within the carriers Medical Provider Network at any time. Notify the carrier of your choice.