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Anyone suffer their injury at work?

NotGivingUpNNotGivingUp Posts: 33
Hi all. I suffered my annular disc tear at work, for which I'm claiming work comp benefits.

On a side note...I hate saying that. I've never been one to ask for help from anyone, which is probably why I'm in this position to begin with. I abuse my body a bit too much.

Anywho, work comp is dragging their butts in authorizing treatment. They still haven't "approved" my claim, either. It has been 4 wks since the injury and my hospital stay for an "unstable spine." The 2nd injection and physical therapy that were scheduled when I was in the hospital were cancelled by work comp, because they hadn't authorized it. The only doc I've seen since the injury is a work comp general prac who is assessing my ability to go back to work. He's a good guy, but he works for "them," so he's not exactly compassionate or friendly to me, much.

My question...

I was told by the pain management anesthesiologist and the neurosurgeon I saw in the hospital (at the time of injury) that non-invasive methods were very, very unlikely to resolve my symptoms...I would most likely need a laminectomy/discectomy. I've read enough since then to know that this may or may not be the case.

I'm wondering if, while waiting for treatment approval, I could get some 2nd opinions about my MRI report and treatment. We have a fantastic spine center (like 4th or 5th ranked in the nation) in our area, and I was thinking about visiting their physicians.

I know that work comp may or may not pay for it if I do it without authorization, of course. However, I'm concerned that seeing any physician (no treatment...just evaluation) without work comp's approval (even if I file with my own insurance) might sabbotage my claim? Has anyone had any experience with something like this? I just don't fully understand how this works. Thanks in advance.


  • i was working for the worlds biggest alarm company and whilst driving one of there smaller vehicles i was involved in a MVA and got rear ended at high speed .that was 16 years ago .it was before all the massive pay out and i received 4k !.for my pain that looks like it will last a life time .no fair i was 30 as well when my life change for ever .i don't know what to tell you ..there was a time when i had hope but 4 months post ALIF and i am still very much the disabled person .in pain /on meds /not sleeping and i can't see it getting better .because the pain that i went in hospital and had their massive operation for is still very much there and its worse ! not better
    tony {UK}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Be very careful. In some states if you seek your own treatment you will forfeit your right to further medical from the worker comp insurance company. You need to be patient. It is a slow process. If you do not think that your employer is going to be supportive, then hire an attorney. They can be lifesavers.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,730
    One that only specialises in work comp. cases. If you settle. Don't take the money and sign a release. Get the judgment from the court. And be sure to settle for lifetime medical. Keep all of your records. The attorney is the most important thing.
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • I think I am going to have to hire an attorney for this. This third-party company is conducting itself in a shady way. I just get the feeling they're trying to play me for a fool everytime I talk to them. I already refused to sign all of their blanket medical record release authorizations. I'm not lying about any of this, and I'm not trying to swindle. I know some people do, but I'm not one of them. I get to live with this for the rest of my life. The least I could get is a few lousy weeks of paycheck assistance and some medical treatment. If they wait so long that my nerve damage becomes permanent, so help me God...

    I will call someone tomorrow. I think there is some sort of time limit on how long they can drag this out, though. At some point, I am allowed to pursue my own treatment, authorized or not, and they'll still end up paying for it after a judgement, I think. I'm not sure how long that wait is, though. I know I probably haven't waited long enough for that.
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