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Work accident while on buisness trip
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Hi All,

I'm new here, I"m just trying to get some advice about my injury. I was on a buisness trip down state in IL near the MO border. This happened in Aug of this year, I got rear ended pretty bad in my rental car. The girl who hit me of course had no drivers license and no car insurance.. Luckily she was ticketed and I was at no fault.

I reported the injury immediately to my corporate offices which are based in AZ. I had instant pain in my neck and low back. I kinda shook it off and refused the ambulance, since this girl had no insurance, I didn't want to be stuck with a bill. At the time, I didn't even think workmens comp or anything like that but I ended up cutting my trip short and headed back to WI where I live.

I seen the chiropractor that following Monday, my accident was on a Wens. He took Xrays and all and everything went fine and was getting adjustments like regular to hopefully straighten me out. Well my work requires me to fly and drive all over the Midwest and my pain over the weeks kept gradually getting worse, and eventually I had such bad shooting leg pain I couldn't barely walk and stand up straight. I had just flew home and had an MRI done as soon as I was able to that Mon, and the MRI was no good. I have degenartive disc disease, a couple buldging discs in my L/4/5 and annular posterior tear as well.

My work was paying me my regular salary until early Oct until they decided they couldnt accomdate my doctors request to working from home or nearby home. It's been a little over a month and I'm getting WC benefits in IL, even though I live in Wi.  I just had a ESI this past Friday, I don't have a ton of relief like I was expecting and I wonder if surgery might be the next option..

WC called saying they are not approving chiropractic care anymore as of today either which is frustrating since that seems to relieve pressure. I also am receiving PT treatments..

I don't have a lawyer in my case and I'm not quite sure if i should retain one yet.. I'm feeling like my work is ready to fire me since I'm not recovering quick enough.

Just looking for advice if anyone has any!
 
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#2
your employment may be covered by FMLA. if so, you are entitled to job protection for up to 90 days due to medical leave.
http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/p...fmlaen.pdf
you certainly entitled to a consultation with a surgeon or a change of physician to an orthopedic specialist.
if you do lose your salary you would be entitled to temporary disability payments while you are recovering from the injury.
for more information read the handbook (see the iwcc links:
http://www.iwcc.il.gov/

they are required to give a reason for denying chiropractic treatment; and they have to provide alternative care.
should benefits be denied you have appeal rights with the work comp commission. for any hearing you should consult an atty,
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
(11-09-2015, 09:53 PM)1171 Wrote: your employment may be covered by FMLA. if so, you are entitled to job protection for up to 90 days due to medical leave.
http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/p...fmlaen.pdf
you certainly entitled to a consultation with a surgeon or a change of physician to an orthopedic specialist.
if you do lose your salary you would be entitled to temporary disability payments while you are recovering from the injury.
for more information read the handbook (see the iwcc links:
http://www.iwcc.il.gov/

they are required to give a reason for denying chiropractic treatment; and they have to provide alternative care.
should benefits be denied you have appeal rights with the work comp commission. for any hearing you should consult an atty,
Thank you, I know I was giving 30 days to get back to work, then they would reevaulate my condition. I am seeing an orthopedic surgeon, he's the one who did my ESI. I was never given a reason as to why they stopped paying for my chiropratic care yesterday. I think I"m going to at least consult with a lawyer to see my options.
 
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#4
that's fine but as a practical matter that might jeopardize your chance to stay with this employer.
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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