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Originally posted by Icarus Rising
Tell them you need to be re-evaluated, find a doctor who will listen, get the diagnostics you need. Don't give up! Thats what they are counting on. I seriously think that most work comp lit firms are waiting for you to give up or die. They have a bunch of slimy, sell-out doctors working for them who understate permanent disability status and block treatment, like my personal favorite, Dr. Ronald N. Kent, M.D.,Ph.D., Neurology.
o.p. by me
It is after we are rail-roaded through the system and given bogus PDS (Permanent Disability Status) by slimy, sell-out doctors who understate the severity of our impairment that we are really screwed, blued, and tattooed.
I don't know why
I don't understand
How you sold me down the river
SOLD ME DOWN THE RIVER
It's true there were real problems with the system. Skyrocketing insurance rates were hurting businesses, and the insurance companies were still reeling from 9/11, a slow economy, and the unintended consequences of California's 1995 deregulation of the industry. And there was naturally some waste and fraud associated with the massive state bureaucracy.
The law – passed last April by the legislature as Schwarzenegger threatened to bring even more stringent reforms to the ballot – cut costs in several other ways as well. It limited compensation for lost wages, gutted the state's job-retraining program, gave insurance companies the right to strictly manage medical treatment, and – perhaps most significantly – slashed the amount of money an injured worker can get to pay for the medical costs that will come with a lifetime of disability. Rules being promoted by workers' comp chief Andrea Hoch have made these changes even more severe.
The state hasn't done a study to show how payments for permanent disability will change, but according to UC Davis researcher Paul Leigh, those benefits will be cut by as much as 70 percent. A carpal tunnel syndrome patient he cites would see her payment – meant to cover medical care for the rest of her life – drop from $116,000 to just $17,000. Why? Much of this disability is measured in pain, and after the initial treatment, pain no longer counts.
Originally posted by Lexion
I'm so going to get flamed for this.
First, I've been on WC 3 times. Each for around 3 months. The first question asked by my case worker was, " Do you have a lawyer retained" ?
Each time, the answer was "no". And, each time, I was treated to the utmost of my expectations. Medical bills were paid, medications were paid, and the top of my states WC limit was paid to me.
I've yet to meet ANYONE that has a disability, that cannot provide some sort of worthwhile service to their community, that will pay a wage.
Everyone can do something.
Steven Hawking comes to mind.
My-self ? I've had bi-lateral hip replacement, and the bone disease (Avascular Necrosis) is slowy ruining my knees, but I still function well as a diesel / heavy equipment mechanic.
Could I bitch and whine, and draw a State check ? Sure. Will I ?
Not until they take the wrench from my cold dead hand.
Are those posting here in pain, disabled ? I'm sure. Should they expect someone to just take care of their lives using my tax dollars ? I think not.
My point ? You CAN do something. Trust me.
Been there, went on,