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need advice Calif
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Hmahalav
California
 
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#2
have you discussed options with the carrier?
it's a problem for both of you and it'll take negotiations and an agreement between you to resolve it.

here's some suggestions that can start a discussion between you:

settle your claim; have them buy out their future medical liability.
relocate; negotiate moving expenses with the carrier.
the general objection to treating comp patients is the low fees; have the carrier negotiate a higher fee for a closer doctor.
or alternate visits between different doctors.

medical coverage in rural areas has always been a problem. advances in technology often allow specialist in urbans areas to consult online.
it does depend on the type of treatment needed as to whether it's practical in your case.


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here's some suggestions that can start a discussion between you:

settle your claim; have them buy out their future medical liability.
relocate; negotiate moving expenses with the carrier.
the general objection to treating comp patients is the low fees; have the carrier negotiate a higher fee for a closer doctor.
or alternate visits between different doctors.

medical coverage in rural areas has always been a problem. advances in technology often allow specialist in urbans areas to consult online.
it does depend on the type of treatment needed as to whether it's practical in your case.



I haven' discussed options with WC yet..
I'm afraid to settle medical because I'm not sure of the finale cost of treatment. I have lived in this house 35 years and raised my kids here. I don't want to move 4 hours away from my family. The IC contacted locale Dr's with 0 results. The locale Dr's I contacted flatly refused to work with WC. I don't think it's fair to ask me to move and I don't think it is fair to ask IC to pay outrageous travel.. Just looking for something fair. All ideas are appreciated. Thank you


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#4
has the carrier refused to provide car service or medical transportation?

you and the carrier can decide what is fair or you may have to let the comp court make that determination.
in fact the court will want to parties to discuss a resolution before they get involved.
did you have an atty?
if so, have you discussed it with them?

you'll have to figure out what do in the many months it may take to get a decision.
of course, either side can also appeal afterwards.
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#5
So lets forget fair.
What specifically does Calif .WC law say that an injured worker is entitled to receive when it comes to transportation? Has there been any court cases that resolve these issues?

I have found in my 67 years, that treating people fairly is not only productive but some of the best advice my parents gave me.
Thank you
 
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e) (1) When at the request of the employer, the employer's
insurer, the administrative director, the appeals board, or a workers'
compensation administrative law judge, the employee submits to
examination by a physician, he or she shall be entitled to receive,
in addition to all other benefits herein provided, all reasonable
expenses of transportation, meals, and lodging incident to reporting
for the examination, together with one day of temporary disability
indemnity for each day of wages lost in submitting to the
examination.
(2) Regardless of the date of injury, "reasonable expenses of
transportation" includes mileage fees from the employee's home to the
place of the examination and back at the rate of twenty-one cents
($0.21) a mile or the mileage rate adopted by the Director of Human
Resources pursuant to Section 19820 of the Government Code, whichever
is higher, plus any bridge tolls. The mileage and tolls shall be
paid to the employee at the time he or she is given notification of
the time and place of the examination.


http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displa...600-4614.1

this has been interpreted to apply to all medical treatment. temporary disability is not available after you've reached Permanent & Stationary status.
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#7
The mileage alone for your r/t would be $169.50.

Can you cut the number of visits?

Pay a family member or neighbor to drive you?

Ask someone in your church?

Pay cash for local dr. Visit and get reimbursed yourself thru WC?

Med renewals, even narcotic type, can be made directly from dr. To pharmacy, with I/C's approval, but in limited, warranted circumstances.

IMHO, at some point, we have to quit blaming WC for all our problems and take charge. It's not their life time responsibility to keep up with our ever changing life events. The mileage reimbursement seems fair enough.

Hope you find some help.
Let Go, and Let God......
 
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(11-17-2013, 09:36 PM)chrischris Wrote: The mileage alone for your r/t would be $169.50.

Can you cut the number of visits?

Pay a family member or neighbor to drive you?

Ask someone in your church?

Pay cash for local dr. Visit and get reimbursed yourself thru WC?

Med renewals, even narcotic type, can be made directly from dr. To pharmacy, with I/C's approval, but in limited, warranted circumstances.

IMHO, at some point, we have to quit blaming WC for all our problems and take charge. It's not their life time responsibility to keep up with our ever changing life events. The mileage reimbursement seems fair enough.

Hope you find some help.

I don't blame WC for anything. IC has been easy to deal with. I just don't have the funds to pay for a driver.
If you think $150.00 is enough to buy gas, rent a car, a room, eat.and pay expenses for someone to drive me then I assume you think I'm not entitled to these benefits?
I thought future medical was lifetime treatment and services for your covered injuiry?

 
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#9
the current mileage rate has been pegged to the IRS rate allowed.
as of 1/1/2013 = $.565/mile
the forms are here
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/I&A_mileageForm.pdf


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