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Post WC Concussion
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Hi there,
I had a fall @ work, concussion, I went back to work the next day (so no missed work).  For about a 5 months I suffered (headaches, back aches) prescriptions...anyway long story short, I never missed any work (because I got to work from home, even prior to accident) but I work about 300% harder and have horrible migraines / dizziness.  My boss hasn't complained, but he doesn't know that I'm working THAT much harder just to keep up.

I'm not asking for settlement, all seems OK but nothing will go away (not the lower back pain or the dizziness/  migraines / loss of focus). but of course I'm not sure how long I can keep this up working / no sleep.  I do have a family who I am basically ignoring and a wife that's not very happy with me....but I guess I've been in survival mode of trying to keep my job.

Now for the question:  Last week I went skiing with my family and fell hit my head.  I got a concussion, but now my symptoms are 100% worse and I'm not sure, would this even be considered under WC since the current ER doctor said everything is likely much worse because of my original fall which was less than 5 months ago.  Is there anything I should be doing? I did take 2 days vacation this week...
Thanks for Any advice.
 
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#2
you probably should have been getting better treatment from the work injury.
was your returning work and work habits approved by your doctor?
I suspect you didn't inform your doctor either.
I think you should stop trying to treat yourself and let a professional do it.
men generally have a tendency to make their job the most important element in their life.
you might consider some counseling to learn how to put some balance back into your priorities and goals.
the non-work concussion is going to complicate your comp claim and may result in litigation.
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
(02-20-2016, 12:45 AM)1171 Wrote: you probably should have been getting better treatment from the work injury.
was your returning work and work habits approved by your doctor?
I suspect you didn't inform your doctor either.
I think you should stop trying to treat yourself and let a professional do it.
men generally have a tendency to make their job the most important element in their life.
you might consider some counseling to learn how to put some balance back into your priorities and goals.
the non-work concussion is going to complicate your comp claim and may result in litigation.

Thanks!  I'm in California.  Ok so Dr. did ask me the first day of injury if I wanted to take some time off work, I said no.  Every follow-up appt (even when I went to ER twice because I was feeling quite ill / felt like my vomiting) dr asked me if I wanted to take time off, I said no, since I work from home anyway.  Was that a mistake?  Should I have taken time off? I'm confused, at no point did anyone mention anything about litigation / settlement, I just assumed I would get better and get nothing. I still work for the company (its part of a huge company that is owned by some investment company).  Thanks for any help.  And yes, never sought legal advice...I didn't know what for. Now I'm just wondering would medical / time off if I need to take it be covered by WC or is it all too late?
Thanks again.
 
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#4
can I assume you filed a comp claim and your treatment before the recent injury was handled by workers' comp?

whether it's too late or not depends on your medical condition.
first you need to deal with your recent concussion and related ski injuries.
you probably want a different doctor then handled your comp claim.

maybe once these injuries are delt with there may be some residuals from the original comp injury that you can obtain additional benefits for. you will need persuasive medical opinion separating the liability for each injury.

you may need a comp atty to help get the best medical and negotiate the comp liability portion.

there is a one year time limit from your injury date and/or last comp benefit payment (treatment) to file to keep the claim open.
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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(02-20-2016, 02:05 AM)socalnerd Wrote:
(02-20-2016, 12:45 AM)1171 Wrote: you probably should have been getting better treatment from the work injury.
was your returning work and work habits approved by your doctor?
I suspect you didn't inform your doctor either.
I think you should stop trying to treat yourself and let a professional do it.
men generally have a tendency to make their job the most important element in their life.
you might consider some counseling to learn how to put some balance back into your priorities and goals.
the non-work concussion is going to complicate your comp claim and may result in litigation.

Thanks!  I'm in California.  Ok so Dr. did ask me the first day of injury if I wanted to take some time off work, I said no.  Every follow-up appt (even when I went to ER twice because I was feeling quite ill / felt like my vomiting) dr asked me if I wanted to take time off, I said no, since I work from home anyway.  Was that a mistake?  Should I have taken time off? I'm confused, at no point did anyone mention anything about litigation / settlement, I just assumed I would get better and get nothing. I still work for the company (its part of a huge company that is owned by some investment company).  Thanks for any help.  And yes, never sought legal advice...I didn't know what for. Now I'm just wondering would medical / time off if I need to take it be covered by WC or is it all too late?
Thanks again.


Did you ever file a work comp claim? You need to check and see if you did as you have one year statue of limitations. Who has been paying for your doctors and ER? You really need to see a specialist to see what happened to you during both injuries. Don't mess around with a brain injury.
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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#6
Thanks. Yes I did file the day it happened and works WC has been paying for all bills / meds, but it hasn't been amazing. I get a lot of run around.

Thanks for the info.
 
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