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Back injury from work 2011 now having nerve damage
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Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.
 
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#2
yes.
you can choose to let the time run out.
you can choose to contact other attys.
you can choose to represent yourself.

In order to obtain additional work comp benefits you would need medical evidence that your current need for treatment is due to your prior work injury or a new work injury.
discuss your condition with your doctor. if they believe it's work related they will have to stop billing your health insurance and go thru workers comp. they will also have to explain why their opinion on the cause has now changed.
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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(04-11-2014, 02:16 AM)Rebecca Wrote: Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.

Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.
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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#4
(04-16-2014, 06:55 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-11-2014, 02:16 AM)Rebecca Wrote: Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.

Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.
I was told by my work that I have 3 years to petition to open my claim again. Which is up Sept of 2011. I received a form to complete. I need to determine if this injury is due to my job. Therefore, I am seeing and paying my Doctors to determine the cause. I had a MRI recently and it came back without a problem. My PT lady says that just because if was ok, does not mean I don't have a back problem. I am scheduled to see a specialist soon. Hopefully, she will be able to determine it is due to my past injury and I will have documentation to submit to my work for consideration to reopen my claim. I was told that if they deny it, I could petition again to have a hearing to determine if it can be reopened. That is where I am right now. I am retired now, and my situation will be harder to prove to reopen, but I am going to try. Thank you to all who have replied to my situation. I will seek an attorney once I can prove it is work related.
 
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#5
(04-16-2014, 06:55 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-11-2014, 02:16 AM)Rebecca Wrote: Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.

Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.

 
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#6
(04-17-2014, 03:22 AM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-16-2014, 06:55 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-11-2014, 02:16 AM)Rebecca Wrote: Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.

Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.
I was told by my work that I have 3 years to petition to open my claim again. Which is up Sept of 2011. I received a form to complete. I need to determine if this injury is due to my job. Therefore, I am seeing and paying my Doctors to determine the cause. I had a MRI recently and it came back without a problem. My PT lady says that just because if was ok, does not mean I don't have a back problem. I am scheduled to see a specialist soon. Hopefully, she will be able to determine it is due to my past injury and I will have documentation to submit to my work for consideration to reopen my claim. I was told that if they deny it, I could petition again to have a hearing to determine if it can be reopened. That is where I am right now. I am retired now, and my situation will be harder to prove to reopen, but I am going to try. Thank you to all who have replied to my situation. I will seek an attorney once I can prove it is work related.

Can I ask what state you are from?

If you are from California, and settled with a stip, then you do not need to re-open a claim and should be able to get treatment for this with workers compensation, if it is the same body part.

I suggest contacting an I&A officer if you are from California.
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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#7
(04-17-2014, 12:26 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-17-2014, 03:22 AM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-16-2014, 06:55 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-11-2014, 02:16 AM)Rebecca Wrote: Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.

Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.
I was told by my work that I have 3 years to petition to open my claim again. Which is up Sept of 2011. I received a form to complete. I need to determine if this injury is due to my job. Therefore, I am seeing and paying my Doctors to determine the cause. I had a MRI recently and it came back without a problem. My PT lady says that just because if was ok, does not mean I don't have a back problem. I am scheduled to see a specialist soon. Hopefully, she will be able to determine it is due to my past injury and I will have documentation to submit to my work for consideration to reopen my claim. I was told that if they deny it, I could petition again to have a hearing to determine if it can be reopened. That is where I am right now. I am retired now, and my situation will be harder to prove to reopen, but I am going to try. Thank you to all who have replied to my situation. I will seek an attorney once I can prove it is work related.

Can I ask what state you are from?

If you are from California, and settled with a stip, then you do not need to re-open a claim and should be able to get treatment for this with workers compensation, if it is the same body part.

I suggest contacting an I&A officer if you are from California.

 
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#8
(04-18-2014, 04:33 PM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-17-2014, 12:26 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-17-2014, 03:22 AM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-16-2014, 06:55 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-11-2014, 02:16 AM)Rebecca Wrote: Hey anyone, was injured at work in 7/2007 and 9/2011 both back injuries. I started to have problems about Oct. 2010, numbness in my right big toe. I was eventually sent to a podiatrist 8/2011, ruled out neuropathy, because I am a diabetic. Discussed waiting and it would eventually go away, and if not surgical procedures. I chose to wait. 9/2011 I hurt my back again at work, and it was worst this time. The nerve damage progressed to the top of my foot, side of my ankle, left part of my knee and experiencing weakness and pain in my entire left leg. I finished treatment with comp doctor 12/2011 and returned to work. The comp doctor diagnosed me as having a sprain/strain in my back ... no xrays or anything. He release me to work as MMI maximum injury. I did not get an attorney. I went back to work with still having pain in my back. He was aware of this. I felt it would go away eventually. I continued to work. I was told I have 3 years to reopen my case. That is up in 9/2014. I called an attorney and they said they could not take my case. Would not give me a reason. Do I have any options? I gave my notice at work and applied for early retirement because I could not work like this anymore. I am paying with my limited income to be treated using my insurance. Treatment now is Physical Therapy, MRI and now a specialist to find the problem ... my cost is adding up.

Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.
I was told by my work that I have 3 years to petition to open my claim again. Which is up Sept of 2011. I received a form to complete. I need to determine if this injury is due to my job. Therefore, I am seeing and paying my Doctors to determine the cause. I had a MRI recently and it came back without a problem. My PT lady says that just because if was ok, does not mean I don't have a back problem. I am scheduled to see a specialist soon. Hopefully, she will be able to determine it is due to my past injury and I will have documentation to submit to my work for consideration to reopen my claim. I was told that if they deny it, I could petition again to have a hearing to determine if it can be reopened. That is where I am right now. I am retired now, and my situation will be harder to prove to reopen, but I am going to try. Thank you to all who have replied to my situation. I will seek an attorney once I can prove it is work related.

Can I ask what state you are from?

If you are from California, and settled with a stip, then you do not need to re-open a claim and should be able to get treatment for this with workers compensation, if it is the same body part.

I suggest contacting an I&A officer if you are from California.

I am from Colorado. Working on medical trail to submit for reopening my claim. I hope to get the Doctor to write this. We will see.

 
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#9
(04-18-2014, 04:35 PM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-18-2014, 04:33 PM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-17-2014, 12:26 PM)California_Help Wrote:
(04-17-2014, 03:22 AM)Rebecca Wrote:
(04-16-2014, 06:55 PM)California_Help Wrote: Work comp laws are different in every state. Are you in California?

The symptoms you describe are usually caused by a lower back problem. I suggest going to a neurosurgeon who specializes in the spine. You REALLY need an MRI.

Just because one attorney said no does not mean other attorney's will not take your case. I suggest contacting other attorney's.

The treatment you are now getting should be covered under workers compensation. Why are you paying for it?

Before you quit your job I suggest talking to a workers compensation attorney. Your job should attempt to work with your injury and restrictions. It sounds like you may be giving up a lot of things you are entitled to because you are not aware of your rights. Please consult with an attorney to help you.
I was told by my work that I have 3 years to petition to open my claim again. Which is up Sept of 2011. I received a form to complete. I need to determine if this injury is due to my job. Therefore, I am seeing and paying my Doctors to determine the cause. I had a MRI recently and it came back without a problem. My PT lady says that just because if was ok, does not mean I don't have a back problem. I am scheduled to see a specialist soon. Hopefully, she will be able to determine it is due to my past injury and I will have documentation to submit to my work for consideration to reopen my claim. I was told that if they deny it, I could petition again to have a hearing to determine if it can be reopened. That is where I am right now. I am retired now, and my situation will be harder to prove to reopen, but I am going to try. Thank you to all who have replied to my situation. I will seek an attorney once I can prove it is work related.

Can I ask what state you are from?

If you are from California, and settled with a stip, then you do not need to re-open a claim and should be able to get treatment for this with workers compensation, if it is the same body part.

I suggest contacting an I&A officer if you are from California.

I am from Colorado. Working on medical trail to submit for reopening my claim. I hope to get the Doctor to write this. We will see.

Every state has different workers compensation laws, and I am not familiar with your state.

Good luck to you.
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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