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Need Advice Please I'm New

steveesteessteveestee Posts: 2
edited 06/01/2015 - 9:08 PM in Lower Back Pain
Hello Everyone,
I'm new this is my first comment so I apologize if I'm not doing it the correct way.
I'm a man in my 50's and I deliver auto parts full time,on Tuesday 5/26/2015 I went into work at 7:15AM feeling fine by 10:45AM I was on my way home after just about crawling to my car with pain in my lower back right side shooting down my leg,I had pain above the knee area,in the front of my pelvis and above my right ankle.This was the first time in my life I've ever had back pain,and the other areas.
I thought going home and lying down would calm the pain down,not so as the day went on the pain became worse until finally a couple hours later my daughter drove me to the ER.
There was no position at home I could get in that stopped the pain,the same in the hospital ER even with pain medication.
That morning was as normal as all the other ones during my two years there ,I loaded up the car with 4 or so deliveries and was on my way.I can remember at the second delivery as I lifted two brake rotors out of the back of the hatchback I drive feeling a sensation in my lower right back,didn't think much about it at the time.The same thing happened on the third delivery ,as I lifted I felt that sensation.
When I was finished while driving back to the store the pain was getting worse,walking from the car the pain became so intense walking was difficult.Back at the store there was no position I could get in that lessened the pain.I was attempting to pull parts to go out with the pain so intense sweat was dripping down my face,I knew then I had to go home and lay down.Other employees noticed me bending down at the knees trying not to pass out and then I started to inform anyone who asked how I was feeling,an employee had told me he advised the owner of my condition and said the owner said I could go home.
The hospital did blood work and a CT scan and several hours later sent me home with a prescription for percocet 5/325 with no diagnosis as to the cause.
I was hoping the next morning it would feel better and I could suck it up and go into work,not the case so I called out.I was hoping on Thursday morning it would feel better and I could suck it up and go into work,again not the case so I called out.
Friday I went to my doctor who gave me a note for my employer that I was under his care and not returning to work until further notice.My doctor took a full report and advised me that my employer has a group of doctors under Pa. law workers comp. that I have to see for treatment etc.,and to ask my employer for a claim number,today is Monday 6/1/2015 and the pain is just as bad with no position for comfort. I called my employer twice and my daughter called twice today for a claim number as I need to find out what's going on and also I need some relief as I'm in intense pain in bed not able to eat there's so much pain.
Thank You


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    Sorry for all you're going through. And sorry that you're employer is ignoring you.

    Since your doctor is the one who advised you to contact employer for claim number, please let doctor know that you have been unsuccessful with your boss as he seems to be ignoring you and your daughter.

    Hopefully, doctor will guide you to what further steps you need to take in order to get the care you need.

    I would think in meantime, it would be good to keep track of things yourself.
    I would write down like you wrote for this post.
    You want to include dates and times, who said what and when you sought care and how your being cared for by doctor, like treatments, pain meds.

    It is a difficult thing to do, esp while in such pain. Maybe your family can help you.
    But I think it a good idea since when time passes, it is more difficult to remember.
    And if you were to find yourself in legal situation, you will have facts and not stuck having to say you don't remember exactly.

    Please tell your doctor you are still in intense pain and that now you are unable to eat.
    Doctor needs to know everything.

    I'm glad you have family to help you.

    Let us know how you are doing
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  • Hello Steve.

    I am currently going through a worker's comp debacle myself. They had me waiting for over 3 weeks for my first doctor's appointment, and all that man did was accuse me of being there for painkillers.

    What I've found is that it's easier to skip over contacting your employer and contacting whoever their insurance is. In my case, my company's insurance was NJM, so I called our corporate office to see who my case worker was and I contacted him directly.

    I am assuming that you work for a car dealership as a parts driver? I would go higher than your boss, and contact someone else. The worker's comp process is incredibly slow, and only you can get the ball rolling or else they're going to continue to ignore you.

    Like Savage has said, record everything. I have everything recorded on my computer from when I got hurt, to when they pulled me out, to when they forced me back in, to how long they made me wait. I just learned that my doctors lied to me about my MRI results, so I've definitely kept huge tabs on that.

    Good luck, and I hope you find relief soon.
  • As an attorney, I would advise you to contact an attormey immediately. They will be able to assist you in filing the necessarry paperwork. Also, in most states, they will be able to help you find a specialist that will treat you immediately until your work comp case is up and running
    In the meantime, you can contact the HR department of your employer and advise you need to fill out a work comp incident report. Most states have time frames in which you must file a claim or your case could be barred. I dont know what state you are in but most states also have a state help line you can call regarding state laws and how work comp cases work in each state. Good luck
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