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Don't want hand surgery
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Injury: I work as a barback at local bar, stocking beer, washing glasses, mopping floors, etc. On St. Patrick’s Day, 3/17/2014, I was cleaning wine glass and the stem of the glass snapped and punctured the palm of my left hand. I felt an instant shock to in my thumb. I told my manager I cut my hand open, she told me to get stitches from the hospital and say it was workers compensation. Received 3 stitches in my hand from the ER and had them removed from the ER a week later.

The cut is fine but I lost feeling along the inside of my thumb. I went to my primary care doctor the day after the injury and she said she thought I cut a nerve and had nerve damage but since it was WC I would have to go through WC in order for them to pay for it.

WC Doctor: My manager filed a claim and the WC insurance company sent me to a specialist in order get a diagnosis on my thumb. I saw the specialist today and he recommends that I have surgery in order to repair the severed nerve. I told him I didn’t want surgery on my hand and that I would have to think about it. He said without surgery I wouldn’t gain feeling the lost feeling but that I wouldn’t have any residual pain.

I haven’t returned to work since the injury and my manager says I need to be cleared to work first. I only work Friday and Saturday nights. I make $5 an hour plus 20% of the bartenders tip out.

My question:
1) If I have refuse to have surgery how will that affect my WC claim?
2) Should I hire an attorney?
 
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#2
depends on your state's work comp laws; each is different.
some states pay for permanent impairment others for wage loss or a combination.
if there is no more treatment available, they will consider your recovery complete.
if you have legal problems, you should get professional advice.
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
Please have the hand surgery.

Almost everything you do with your hand involves the thumb. Fine motor activities such as: Using a key, writing, grasping, picking up something. Without the surgery you may never work again.

I had surgery on my thumb last year and am able to do things with that hand again. Mine injury was also nerve involvement.

Later this year I wall have the same surgery on the dominant hand.

Good luck!
 
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