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What do I expect next for this knee nightmare?
#1
In Tennessee...

So I had surgery (arthroscopy and debridement), and it helped some. But now I have new pains in totally different areas of the knee (underneath kneecap and below it). Plus total numbness of the skin over the kneecap, along with burning and shooting pains I was told was nerves healing by my PT.

They have me back in PT and I am still crying through each visit due to the pain it causes. I have been "banned" from crutches at this point, but I still can't bear full weight on my knee. Putting any weight on it at all makes it hurt horribly. I am hobbling as good as I can and using a cane. I can bend it some, but the pain it causes is excruciating.

I go back to my doc on Oct. 11 and at the last visit (post op follow up), he told me that on the Oct. 11 visit he "will get me back to work". In case anyone forgot, I am a nurses aide in a hospital. There is no way I can run up and down those halls on this knee, and my employer refused to honor my light duty/sedentary restrictions that I was given before surgery.

What should I expect as the next step? To be told I am MMI? Will pain and things I just described result in me getting an impairment rating? I can work.....just not at my current position. If I can find a desk job somewhere, I'd be set.

I don't have an attorney. Things have progressed (albeit slowly at times) as they should and nothing has been denied through all this, so I didn't think I needed one. And from my research, I don't expect much of a settlement, so I don't want to have to share a chunk of it with an attorney.
 
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#2
if you are still in pain and the Dr is ignoring you...you need a lawyer and a different Dr
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#3
TTD continues while you are still in recovery.
I can't predict how your recovery will proceed or what/when other events may occur during the course of your claim. everyone heals differently and at different speeds. benefits are not determined on a set schedule for every claim; they vary according to events and conditions unique to every situation.
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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#4
There are some professions one can not do with a bad knee, teaching and nursing are two of them.

Crutches are bad for the knee, a doctor may have you use them for a very short time after knee surgery but not for long.

Giving of the knee only leads to additional problems, talk to the therapist about the use of a cane.
 
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#5
(10-03-2012, 11:15 AM)1171 Wrote: I can't predict how your recovery will proceed or what/when other events may occur during the course of your claim. everyone heals differently and at different speeds. benefits are not determined on a set schedule for every claim; they vary according to events and conditions unique to every situation.

I wasn't asking for a prediction of recovery. I am asking what is the next step after being made MMI.

It sounds like my insurance doc is gonna wash his hands of the case and turn me loose. I can't get another doc because he is my second one.
(10-03-2012, 05:50 PM)Bummer Knees Wrote: There are some professions one can not do with a bad knee, teaching and nursing are two of them.

Crutches are bad for the knee, a doctor may have you use them for a very short time after knee surgery but not for long.

Giving of the knee only leads to additional problems, talk to the therapist about the use of a cane.

I'll ask about a cane. I have been on crutches since June 20. The NP at Employee Health, where I had to go first, was content in allowing me to literally hop on my good leg. I had to borrow the crutches from a family member.
 
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#6
given your condition and complaints you don't seem convinced that you have reached Maximum Medical improvement. I don't know that you will be made MMI on your next visit or if you will dispute the MMI finding if you are.
but here is the post-MMI information from the state website (link provided you in previous posts):

A medical impairment rating and the date of maximum medical improvement, as determined by the treating physician, and all other information needed to settle a claim must be documented in writing on the Attending Physician’s Report (Form C-30). Insurance carriers must make an offer of settlement in writing within thirty (30) days of their receipt of this information. The claimant must indicate approval or rejection of the offer and sign the offer of settlement.

An agreed-upon settlement must be finalized by either an order of a court or an approval by the Division as required by TCA §50-6-206. A copy of the court order or Division approval must be filed with the Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Labor. If a settlement is not agreed upon a Benefit Review Conference may be requested.


http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/wcfaq.shtml#WCclaims
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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#7
I was placed at MMI 3 months after the first knee surgery, at that time I could only walk with assist and with great difficulty. I had to count my steps because I could only walk so far even with assist.

I paid for a doctor's appointment out of pocket and learned I was in need of additional surgery.

I hired an attorney, reopened the claim and spent 3 years in court fighting the insurance company trying to get the surgery paid for.

Within this time I was sent to 12 different doctors, all said I needed the surgery.

Part of the delays I had was a judge who would take 14 months to make a decision.

Good luck!
 
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#8
(10-06-2012, 12:55 AM)Bummer Knees Wrote: I was placed at MMI 3 months after the first knee surgery, at that time I could only walk with assist and with great difficulty. I had to count my steps because I could only walk so far even with assist.

I paid for a doctor's appointment out of pocket and learned I was in need of additional surgery.

The doc you paid for yourself who said you needed more surgery....was he allowed to do it after you went to court, or did you have to see a bought-and-paid-for WC doc?
 
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#9
I needed a bone-joint specialist for the surgery, not many around in our part of the country.

Once the court ruled in my favor I told my attorney the doctor I wanted and that is who did the surgery.
 
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