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  •  The problem is (4+ / 0-)
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    ladybug53, blueoasis, KelleyRN2, cheerio2

    there is literally no way to prove this is a work related injury. Im fairly sure it is a tendon injury from what ive read and a serious one that probably involves bone chipping. But they are usually caused by things like people falling on their hands etc.. ie an acute violent incident. My job simply involves driving and a lot of extremely heavy lifting. I may be covered. I may not. Either way i or my employer are screwed and im afraid i will in time pay the price.

    A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

    by cdreid on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 04:48:55 PM PDT

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    •  Nurse Kelley Sez don't diagnose yourself :) (4+ / 0-)

      Repetitive stress injuries must be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon for proper diagnosis.

      There are several grocery checkers and Walmart stockers in my tiny community whose repetitive stress injuries are being covered by WC as I type this. The thing is, you may have an injury that needs simple treatment ... or it could be something that requires surgery before you can work again.  You owe it to yourself to follow through and at least get an answer.

      •  The problem as you well know Nurse Kelly (0+ / 0-)

        is that we diagnose ourselves because we cannot afford healthcare.

        If i go to the doctor his first move is to order a  $500-$2500 mri.. which i cannot afford... that is the only way to tell if it is a simple injury other than what i'm doing... wearing a brace and hoping it gets better.. as people in my business.. and across america.. do every day.

        A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

        by cdreid on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 06:11:55 PM PDT

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        •  Why are you mad at me? (0+ / 0-)

          First you file a claim against your employer's WC carrier, THEN you see a doctor. If necessary, you talk to a reputable WC attorney. It's all well and good to tell me what a great guy your employer is, but how does that help you if it turns out you're permanently disabled? Huh? WC insurance pays your medical bills AND a portion of your salary while you're off work.

          I probably know a hell of a lot more about poverty than you do, so don't get snarky with me. I've also been disabled for TEN YEARS. I know exactly what life looks like when your career comes to a screeching halt, and I'm giving you good advice.

          •  Wel lfirst (0+ / 0-)

            i wasnt being snarky.. i dont know where you got that from.

            A: i dont want to file a claim "against" my employer. I sure as hell dont want to go talk to a lawyer.

            And as far as poverty.. im doubting you lived on school lunch and beans, carried water from a well and used an outhouse..

            But honestly i dont know where you get i was mad at you especially considering i regularly rec your diaries.

            A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

            by cdreid on Mon Aug 22, 2011 at 02:37:18 PM PDT

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    •  Might want to see a workers comp attorney (0+ / 0-)

      ...before you report anything.

      •  My boss is a good guy (0+ / 0-)

        im not sure about the company. And theyve treated me fairly the last thing i want to do is sick a blo... er attorney on them.

        A man is born as many men but dies as a single one.--Martin Heidegger

        by cdreid on Fri Aug 19, 2011 at 06:12:33 PM PDT

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