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Broken Back
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4 months ago I broke a vertebrae in my back at a nursing home in Iowa. I am a CNA who is only 18 years old seeking my nursing degree. I have never had a problem with my back before this incident. I requested a 2nd opinion from workmans comp because I didn't feel the doctor gave me an honest opinion. I also talked to a lawyer, I feel like none of these people including my case worker are doing anything for me. I can't sleep at night and my back is in pain 24/7. What should I do now?
 
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accepting workers compensation benefits is voluntary.
you can see any doctor at your own expense at any time.
you can also learn about workers comp by reviewing information from the state website:
http://www.iowaworkforce.org/wc/

P.S. workers compensation should not be mistaken for health insurance and your expectations adjusted accordingly.
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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(02-18-2014, 05:08 PM)abbie6376 Wrote: 4 months ago I broke a vertebrae in my back at a nursing home in Iowa. I am a CNA who is only 18 years old seeking my nursing degree. I have never had a problem with my back before this incident. I requested a 2nd opinion from workmans comp because I didn't feel the doctor gave me an honest opinion. I also talked to a lawyer, I feel like none of these people including my case worker are doing anything for me. I can't sleep at night and my back is in pain 24/7. What should I do now?

Did you hire the attorney? If not I recommend hiring one you feel confident with.

If your "case worker" is a "nurse case manager" or claims adjuster, they usually look out for the best interests of the insurance carrier. Remember this, and you are correct.

I have no idea what the laws are in your state. I do know in my state any patient can pay cash to get a second opinion on their own. I think your back is worth it. I would find a top neurosurgeon of the spine and get his opinion. Again, I agree with "1171" and "adjust accordingly" means you may get really bad medical treatment and advice in the work comp system, unlike private insurance. Lowering your standard of care expectations to bare minimum, and then lower to ten times lower will be what I have seen in my state.
I am not an attorney.Anything I write should not be considered legal advice.I am writing from my own personal experiences,which is not from any sort of legal background. You should consult with an attorney over legal issues. In California, if you cannot get an attorney you can consult with an I&A officer.
 
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