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knee injury at work
Not all ncm's are bad but all of them have 1 job and that is get you back to work.. I had my ncm for 3+ years and from the start she was a god send in helping assist with getting appoinments and procedures set up quickly.. Other than a few dis agreements she was pleasant to be around... But this also goes without saying, never give her information that doesnt pretain to our needs... Be honest but to the point , your personal life is your own business not thiers...

Like Jayne says if our getting treatment and your ttd checks are on time you dont need a attorney yet... Start looking for one you feel is right for you and you can trust, dont hit the first one you see... Your in a process that takes time, and you are at the beggining...
(09-15-2012, 05:00 PM)emora92 Wrote: Well I've been trying to get answers for a while now, didn't know who to ask them to. Alright so, I got injured at work July 11th 2012. O did I report and work took me to an immediate care clinic. Once there, they had me see an specific Dr. which did some x-rays and right away said ice and you can go back to work later today, he gave me a shot of naproxen and what I didn't get, he also gave me crutches, he diagnosed me with a sprained knee. A van from work when to pick me up, I went straight to hr and the security coordinator said I couldn't go back to work if o was on crutches. Besides the shift was over. He told me to go home and rest and if I could, go tomorrow. Well the next morning I woke up and my foot was incredibly swollen and I had a lot of pain, I couldn't even stand. So I called and said I couldn't work, later they called and said to go back to the same clinic. When I arrived they were unsure if they could treat me, because the doctor that handled these cases wasn't there. Eventually they let me see another Dr. This time she said it seemed as if I had some fractures and that was causing the pain. She put me in a immobilizer and told me to stay of work till the follow up 2 days from then. I went to the follow up, I saw a different Dr. And again a different diagnosis he said I might have a torn tendon and told me to schedule an appointment at a Dr they would differ me to. At this point I called workers comp, and I asked if I could see my own Dr. They agreed and my Dr said it would be best to see an orthopedic Dr. I began seeing him he assigned physical therapy after seeing the MRI which showed a shifted knee. After 4 weeks I still had a lot of swelling and pain, he stopped physical therapy, and said I needed arthoroscopic knee surgery, it took a week for workers comp to approve it but they did. I am now recovering from surgery and will soon begin physical therapy,but have now began getting calls from a workers comp nurse that says she is my medical case manager and to address her for any medical question, authorization, or medical treatment. What should I do? Is it time I get a lawyer? Should I get a lawyer? It will be 3 months since the injury this 11th of august. I would appreciate any advice. Thank you all for taking time to respond, I would like to add that I'm in Illinois.

Hi Kneebow here,
I am new to this site, however not new to w/c. I have been where you are going. A lawyer would tell you that you should not be talking with the mco (case manager) assigned to your case by your employer, as they are out only for the employer. Not the injuried worker! You need a lawyer that specializes in w/c cases. I encourage you to stay away from this MCO and get this attorney ASAP! Yes getting you back to work is their mission ready or not. They don't give a crap about how bad you are suffering! I tell you this out of knowledge, not anger. Once again you should NOT be talking to this MCO. Let your attorney so the talking.

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