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Got a few questions
#1
I have been injured on the job. Everything has went well so far for me. Dr visits and physical therapy from day one. Xrays have been done and just had a MRI on my back. The DX was herniated disc at L2, buldging disc at L3,L4 and L5. I've had an appointment set up with a specialist for next week. Injury will be 3 weeks old at that time. I've been put on light duty and I am working at present, just not my normal job. My employer has treated me well so far. The thing that concerns me is they are interviewing for a position that is the same as my old job. They had a meeting that I was not included in that was concerning the job I was doing. The HR guy told me the other day when we were discussing my injury "That sure does seem like a lot of damage for just lifting one case". It didn't set well with me. In just the last couple of days I have noticed that they are not as easy talking with me as they were from the begining. I feel like my job is in jeopardy.

I have not contacted a lawyer at this time but I feel like I need to just because I don't know anything about what forms I need to complete and my employer HR guy doesn't seem to know either. I had to find a doctor to see me from day one since no one on our list of doctors would see WC cases any longer. It all went well but we are a small company and we have only had one WC injury that I know of. The guy who was injured was not pleased with the outcome and is back at work still in pain.

Also, I am missing work for Dr appointments and physical therapy. I am not being paid for this. I am also using my vehicle and my fuel for these trips which are 18 miles one way from my job. I've been told that I will not get paid for hours for these visits. I also have not been contacted by anyone with WC. I am not making 40 hours a week now.

I would appreciate any advice you guys have. I'm lost and I know no one personally who has dealt with lawyers for WC... or anyone who has been injured but the guy I work with who did not have a lawyer. I would also like to know if you guys think it would be better to go out of town to seek a lawyer as my employers are high profile people who are very active in the community.

I am in Tennessee. Thanks.
 
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#2
workers comp pays for disability not leave for treatment.
more about tennessee benefits here
http://www.state.tn.us/labor-wfd/wcomp.html
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#3
I was wondering if it was your employer's responsibity to pay you for hours lost due to doctor visits or physical therapy? I can not find information about that on the site above. It's pretty easy to lose 15 hours a week running between therapy and dr visits. I have therapy 3 times a week now. Therapy is usually around 2 hours with a 45 minute trip to get there.

I've looked over the site above, I guess it's best to see legal advice.

Thanks for your help.
 
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#4
let me explain.
workers comp pays for the days you are disabled -meaning when your injury leaves you physically unable to perform your job duties.
leave is when you have to be away from your job for other reasons like appointments.
workers comp does NOT grant or pay leave time.
the law does not list the things it does not cover like leave time.
your employer controls your leave policy. you should have a choice of drawing on leave time or not getting paid for time away from scheduled work.

maybe an atty can explain the differences better then I.

currently the tennessee mileage rate is $.46
sometimes it can be difficult to find the item you want; here's the exact link from the website i gave in your earlier post:
http://www.tennessee.gov/labor-wfd/wc_mileage.pdf

thankx for stopping by.

P.S.
make sure you get an atty specializing in workers comp- it has a very unique set of rules and its own court system.
Reminder :
........Each state has their own comp system; POST YOUR STATE to get accurate information. Use the search feature to find information from similar questions.
THANKS FOR POSTING.
 
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#5
you need to find a lawyer inmediatly, I had a similar experience
got hurt and had back surgery in 2009,my employer was really supportive at the beggining, but then started to make coments.
about me being able to do my job,I was let go after they found out
I could not do my job the same way, wich involved lifting..
I have 3 herniations. L3-L4-L5,had a laminectomy , back surgery.
and still in a lot of pain, still dealing with workers comp, 3 years after..
good luck to you, u need an atty dont go at it alone..
wc will crush you if you allow them to...wish you the best.
 
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#6
Trauma here in Ohio they do not have to pay mileage for missed work for dr appts or therapy appts. Here in Ohio just your loss
Cervical Fusion 2003, c5-c6. Herniated and damaged Disc L1- L4-L5 S1. Lumbar Spinal Cord stimulator implant 09-2008. Cervical ACDF revision with hardware c4-c5-c6-c7 Sept 2009.
SSDI approved 3-2010. NOW OFFICIALY RETIRED
 
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#7
You need to check your employee's handbook for your company's policy on the use of leave time.

I was able to use my sick leave time for doctor and physical therapy visits.
 
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#8
We don't have an employee handbook. Like I said, it's a small company that for the most part is not well organized on the HR side of things.

I know what you're thinking... he is full of crap but seriously, it's been that way for years. The only thing I was issued when I took the position was a time card and insurance information. Nothing else.

I didn't expect WC to pay me for time loss or gas but from what I am reading, it does pay your mileage if it's a long enough trip.

I just find it kinda odd that I'm hurt on the job and I am the one that loses money for loss of time at work. I didn't realize that when you're injuried on the job, the company doesn't take care of you. I would be better off sitting at home receiving benefits from WC than getting the few hours I make now. The first week I failed to bring home $100. The 2nd was less than $200. I'm not going under but it's not fun bringing money out of savings to pay your bills. I couldn't imagine what some of you guys have been through after reading some of these post. I was ignorant to what happens when someone is injuried. The only other injury I have had was covered by my insurance and aflac... which I no longer have. I will be looking into adding it once again after this injury.

Thanks for the advice. I will be looking into a lawyer. The more I read and the more I think about how my company is run on the HR side, the more I figure it's the right thing to do.

 
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#9
We all here have been through a lot, read your states web site on wc. and ask your employeer about it. I would try to schedule all medical treatments on days or hours where it want interfeer with work schedule if possible. I am not trying to sound mean but when i was still working that is what i had to do as i could not get off work for medical treatments nor would my state allow me to.
Cervical Fusion 2003, c5-c6. Herniated and damaged Disc L1- L4-L5 S1. Lumbar Spinal Cord stimulator implant 09-2008. Cervical ACDF revision with hardware c4-c5-c6-c7 Sept 2009.
SSDI approved 3-2010. NOW OFFICIALY RETIRED
 
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