As most of you know, I was hurt on the job Nov. 20, 2006. On March 24, my neurosurgeon implanted my permanent SCS. I went back 10 days later to have the staples removed. My surgeon was not in that day so I saw one of the others. I was told that day that I would be off a minimum of 6-8 weeks before they would order rehab for me and then go back to work after that. On April 14, I finally received in the mail the report from the psychologist that did my evaluation back in January. We have been trying to get this report for weeks from my claims adjuster at W/C. Along with the report the nurse case manager assigned to my case also enclosed a copy of my work restrictions given to her by my surgeon. I was absolutely livid with her when I received the report and the work restrictions and immediately called my lawyers office to make an appt. I was able to get in to see him the following afternoon. Right before I left to go to this appt. I received a phone call from the nurse case manager. Apparently she had gone to my job with the list of restrictions and more or less talked them into accomodating me. Needless to say she added more fuel to my fire.
Both my surgeon and the psychologist recommended psychological treatment and counseling to help me deal with my depression and increased panic attacks caused by my chronic pain. We have been trying since late January to get that approved. After conferring with my lawyer we decided the best course of action was for me not to return to work the next day and get in to see my surgeon ASAP. I was completely dumb founded. I could not understand how my surgeon was able to give work restrictions to a patient he had not seen since the day of the surgery. He had no clue of my progress, or lack there of, and no idea the difficuties I was having with the healing process.
Of course W/C got word that I had refused to return to work without seeing the surgeon and the claims adjuster faxed him a list of questions that she wanted answered about my case. Two of the questions were "Based upon her current condition, do you think she still requires psychological treatment and counseling?" and "If you do, please explain what you expect her to achieve with psychological treatment?" When I read this my first thought was WTF???????? I again called my lawyer while waiting to see the surgeon and asked for another appt and their fax number. I requested the surgeons dictation be faxed to his office directly and was elated that it was there Monday morning when I got to the lawyers office.
The surgeon answered her questions pretty clearly, or at least I thought so, but the claims adjuster had problems "understanding" it. Seroiusly, how do you not understand "I was disappointed to hear that she has not been able to start her psychological treatment and I do believe that she still requires psychological treatment and counseling. This was supposed to be done in conjunction with the spinal cord stimulator and it has not been done yet." THIS IS SIMPLE PLAIN ENGLISH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD. X( X( X( Do they not realize that all these games are only causing more stress and more depression????
Is there anyone out there that has had any kind of problem like this and can relate????????????