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Medication and Other Questions
#1
I live in Georgia.

I get a phone call from my attorney stating that I am going to lose my case because I stopped taking Gabapentin.  I explained I had a reaction to the drug.  I have had bad reactions to most of the drugs.  The side effects were worse than the supposed cure for pain.

I thought this was America?  Not a third world country where I am forced to take medication against my will because of adverse reactions in my body? 

I had an extreme allergic reaction to prednisone.  My symptoms were diarrhea, vomiting and I nearly passed out.  The Prednisone  also caused the bones in my legs to feel like they were breaking.  It was awful.  So I can't take that.  I made sure it is documented in my medical records.  In spite of that when I try out new medications the doctors try once again to put me on the same medication I reported  I can not handle.  My surgeon even ARGUED with me that there was no way I could have reacted to the Prednisone stating:  "Your own body produces steroids, so how could you have an allergic reaction?"  I chalked up his statement to him being a total ass, but I can't go anywhere else, stuck with him due to this being workmans comp.  So I put up with his bullying but insisted I will not take prednisone again.

I am angry.  Why should I be told I will lose my case because I react to the drugs they give me and can't take them?

Subsequently I am trying out a lower dose of a new medication now. The last one Horizant, I nearly wrecked the car.  I explained I don't want to lose my driving privileges due to drugs.  I am allowed by doctor to drive a car.

I have explained over and over until I am blue in the face that I am extremely sensitive to all drugs.  After surgery they had a very difficult time stabilizing me due to my reaction to the anesthesia.  One surgery I had I woke up to be told they had been working on me for an hour to get me back!  So for me I will opt out of future surgeries as I don't think next time I will wake up at all.  This has happened in 3 major surgeries for me.  Yet they still don't listen when it comes to my medications.

So yes to be called up and told I am going to lose my case because I opt out of drugs or certain drugs?  What the hell?

Any way my attorney tells me that they can't hurt me because this is in my records but I am so damn tired of their mind games and crap. 

On top of this my attorney gets upset because I filed for SSD.  I was approved immediately.  My doctors backed me.  Now he says this has complicated my case because of Medicare Set Aside.  He told me to file for SSD because I was about to run out of time to do so and would have had NO benefits. 

It has made it easier to pay the bills since workmans comp mind games are loving to send my weekly checks late.

Now workmans comp requested another deposition.  I gave them my first deposition in 2012.  Why out of the blue another depo?

I was trying to put this behind me, deliberately FORGET what happened.  I don't remember dates, etc because it has been so long.  I don't remember the sequence and what happened during the ambulance ride to the ER. 

I weaned myself off the morphine and oxycodone.  I did not want to become addicted.  I had already begun to get sick from those drugs due to my drug sensitivity.

Why won't these those with no designated father leave me the hell alone?  I just want to be treated like a normal patient instead of "guilty until proven innocent" every time I go in to see the workmans comp doctor.

By the way if it were left up to me, I would see another doctor, one never associated with my workmans comp.  The reason is so I could be treated like a real patient and not interrogated to prove my case.  Not questioned when I tell the doctor I can't take this medication.  

Sorry for the rant, but I should have the right to say, this drug is causing ill effects and opt out of taking it for that reason without threats of losing my case.

Sorry for the long vent.
 
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#2
I have the same reactions to most medications. Make sure it's documented in your medical file as an allergy.
I am intolerant to narcotics so I'm stuck taking OTC meds for severe pain.

Of course your lawyer is mad because you filed and were approved for SSDI. He wanted a part of the cash!!!
Again, mine was the same. I applied against his recommendations and was approved in nine weeks. He told me " you will be denied and then I will help you get the benefits once you get the denial letter". I think he is still mad about that.

It's not uncommon for the IC to request another depo. They will ask what you have been doing since the last one IE: doctors you saw, what you do during the day etc etc.
Make sure you see your doctors routinely and have them/tell them about ALL your pain issues and drug issues over and over. Get copies of your visit record to make sure they record what your saying. If not, go back and ask them about it.

The IC harasses people because they want them to say to hell with it and tell them to shove it.
Don't give up.
They play sick mind games that are stressful beyond belief.
Also, with that kind of lawyer telling you, you will lose the case because you took a med your allergic to/have sensitivities to......sounds like he is not too interested in your case.
Perhaps time to look for another one. It's been three years and your lawyer hasn't been paid yet. Sounds like he is getting ancy to get some money/settlement from you and send you down the road.

Stick to your guns! Be proactive for yourself. If the drugs give you side effects and allergy symptoms, call your doctor immediatly and report it.

Your attorney should have a list of IME's that HE deals with. Get him to send you to one for an opinion. The DA IME's are hired guns and nothing more. The DA pays them well to try and discredit you. That's their job.

Feel free to pm me if you wish.
Looks like we are in the same boat regarding some issues.
 
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#3
just from the little info you have provided from a complicated claim:

I would get some other legal advice.
there may be a better explanation as to where your case stands and why.
if an atty has made a mistake or missed a deadline, they may be looking for cheap and phony way to duck responsibility.
attys have all the normal human failings.

you getting ssd hurts his attempt to get a quick settlement and a larger fee as it increases the complexity and his workload.

talk to other attys, this one might be manipulating communications to you to cover their failings.
the atty should be taking responsibility and developing a strategy rather then deflecting blame and setting up excuses.
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#4
(08-20-2015, 11:17 AM)Scooter123 Wrote: I have the same reactions to most medications. Make sure it's documented in your medical file as an allergy.
I am intolerant to narcotics so I'm stuck taking OTC meds for severe pain.

Of course your lawyer is mad because you filed and were approved for SSDI. He wanted a part of the cash!!!
Again, mine was the same. I applied against his recommendations and was approved in nine weeks.  He told me " you will be denied and then I will help you get the benefits once you get the denial letter". I think he is still mad about that.

It's not uncommon for the IC to request another depo. They will ask what you have been doing since the last one IE: doctors you saw, what you do during the day etc etc.
Make sure you see your doctors routinely and have them/tell them about ALL your pain issues and drug issues over and over. Get copies of your visit record to make sure they record what your saying. If not, go back and ask them about it.

The IC harasses people because they want them to say to hell with it and tell them to shove it.
Don't give up.
They play sick mind games that are stressful beyond belief.
Also, with that kind of lawyer telling you, you will lose the case because you took a med your allergic to/have sensitivities to......sounds like he is not too interested in your case.
Perhaps time to look for another one.  It's been three years and your lawyer hasn't been paid yet. Sounds like he is getting ancy to get some money/settlement from you and send you down the road.

Stick to your guns! Be proactive for yourself. If the drugs give you side effects and allergy symptoms, call your doctor immediatly and report it.

Your attorney should have a list of IME's that HE deals with. Get him to send you to one for an opinion. The DA IME's are hired guns and nothing more. The DA pays them well to try and discredit you. That's their job.

Feel free to pm me if you wish.
Looks like we are in the same boat regarding some issues.
 
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#5
I am going to try Lyrica again, but at a much smaller dosage. What is weird is though it is IN my medical records that I can not tolerate Gabapentin the nurse automatically prescribed it for me and I had to call her to STOP her from calling in that prescription again.
My attorney actually admitted to me that he is sick and tired of my case. I can't get him to return my calls or emails at this time. His secretary states that he is swamped with other cases and can't get back to me. No he hasn't been paid. He is ancy. Now in his defense I will state here for the record that if not for him I would have nothing. So I am appreciative of all the work he has done for me without getting paid yet. He has fought hard for me. So I don't want to go bad mouthing my attorney. I still believe in him. I try to put myself in his shoes and he is working other cases as well.
He said the reason he was upset about the SSD is immediately after I filed for it the Workmans Comp people said they wanted to settle. Now it has made my case complicated because of MSA. I mean the exact same day I filed for SSD the workmans comp people called him and said we want to settle.
It has helped us to pay our bills.
At this point if they did not put me through so much hell with their sick mind games it is better for me NOT to settle. But getting them to make doctor's appointments is sheer hell. At times I have wanted to give up and take their crappy offer just so I can go to a doctor that is not connected to workman's comp and see one within the same month instead of 3 to 6 months down the road.
This forum has helped me a lot already due to the fact that I can read other people's troubles on here and identify and also get answers that I can't get from my attorney right now.
Oh and by the way, one day I looked out my bedroom window just to see a man with a zooms lens camera pointed straight at me in the privacy of my bedroom! Boy was I angry. I guess my bedroom is not sacred to them or private. So my attorney tells me to call the police. Why? By the time I tried to get to the guy he tore out of here like a bat out of hell. So then I see the same guy at my physical therapy appointment later that week.
 
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#6
(08-20-2015, 12:19 PM)1171 Wrote: just from the little info you have provided from a complicated claim:

I would get some other legal advice.
there may be a better explanation as to where your case stands and why.
if an atty has made a mistake or missed a deadline, they may be looking for cheap and phony way to duck responsibility.
attys have all the normal human failings.

you getting ssd hurts his attempt to get a quick settlement and a larger fee as it increases the complexity and his workload.

talk to other attys, this one might be manipulating communications to you to cover their failings.
the atty should be taking responsibility and developing a strategy rather then deflecting blame and setting up excuses.
I trust my attorney.  If not for him I would have nothing.  He has worked in my behalf all these years without pay.  That has to be hard.  I don't blame him.  I blame the workmans comp system and their games.  They are the problem.
I feel like he is worthy of his pay, worthy of his hire so to speak.
 
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#7
We saw a guy behind some trees in our backyard once. My spouse went outside and saw something and the person ran.
Haven't seen anyone else around but let them watch.
They will see me struggling to walk with a cane, unable to drive, I rarely go out because of pain. So more power to them.
Nothing is off limits for them when following someone.
Even my normal doctor appointments.....I am leary of people in the waiting room and in the parking lot.
Shouldn't be that way but unfortunatly it is.

Start with the lowest dose possible on the Lyrica. It's a nasty drug as well. And bump up the mgs slowly.

Lawyers....if I can't say something nice,I won't say anything. Mine has been.....frustrating.

Shame on you for making him work harder since the MSA is now involved.  ( I'm kidding) ?
As a note....he dosent draft it. It's the SSA that states how much needs to be out into an MSA for your injuries,  then goes to CMS for approval, then to DA and the IC for another approval and finally to your lawyer who makes adjustments and then back to CMS for final approval. At least in my state, it works that way.

You are the important one here. You were the one who was hurt and has to live with life changing injuries and disabilities. We are meal tickets to lawyers. Nothing more. Once you settle, don't be surprised if he won't take your calls or ever speak to you again.
Don't get me wrong, there are some good lawyers. A rarity,but some are. 
Your right, it is the WC system. I live in a pro employer state where the governor appoints people who have no legal background to be WC commissioners.

The IC is requesting I settle as well and mediation is coming up soon. I'm not at MMI and haven't had all my injuries addressed and it's been two years.
I'm so sick of this crap it's tempting but my thoughts are they ARE responsible for getting me medical attention for my injuries. Why should I let them off the hook?

Good luck!!!
 
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#8
(08-20-2015, 08:25 PM)Scooter123 Wrote: We saw a guy behind some trees in our backyard once. My spouse went outside and saw something and the person ran.
Haven't seen anyone else around but let them watch.
They will see me struggling to walk with a cane, unable to drive, I rarely go out because of pain. So more power to them.
Nothing is off limits for them when following someone.
Even my normal doctor appointments.....I am leary of people in the waiting room and in the parking lot.
Shouldn't be that way but unfortunatly it is.

Start with the lowest dose possible on the Lyrica. It's a nasty drug as well. And bump up the mgs slowly.

Lawyers....if I can't say something nice,I won't say anything. Mine has been.....frustrating.

Shame on you for making him work harder since the MSA is now involved.  ( I'm kidding) ?
As a note....he dosent draft it. It's the SSA that states how much needs to be out into an MSA for your injuries,  then goes to CMS for approval, then to DA and the IC for another approval and finally to your lawyer who makes adjustments and then back to CMS for final approval. At least in my state, it works that way.

You are the important one here. You were the one who was hurt and has to live with life changing injuries and disabilities. We are meal tickets to lawyers. Nothing more. Once you settle, don't be surprised if he won't take your calls or ever speak to you again.
Don't get me wrong, there are some good lawyers. A rarity,but some are. 
Your right, it is the WC system. I live in a pro employer state where the governor appoints people who have no legal background to be WC commissioners.

The IC is requesting I settle as well and mediation is coming up soon. I'm not at MMI and haven't had all my injuries addressed and it's been two years.
I'm so sick of this crap it's tempting but my thoughts are they ARE responsible for getting me medical attention for my injuries. Why should I let them off the hook?

Good luck!!!

Thank you for letting me know about your experiences with Lyrica as well.  I am trying the lower dosage.  Time will tell.  Like you say here at least they are responsible for all  my medical.  I don't know what I would do if I had to pay for the medicine and pain specialist.
 
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