Your best bet is to contact a local workers compensation attorney for a consultation. They can help you navigate the workers compensation system in a way that help you get the help you need and makes sure your employer doesn't neglect your medical needs. Best of luck.
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You need to consult with a workers compensation attorney who can answer all of your questions. I would have your attorney file a claim, and discuss your concerns with him/her.
I would get an evaluation by your primary doctor who knows your medical history and can accurately assess you. If you feel unable to work due to this pain, you should consult a California personal injury attorney who can help you better navigate the situation in accordance with the state's laws.
Get a work comp atty immediately and report to your employer that you are having pain performing your job. they should have you return to the doctor for further evaluation. However, if you are treating under the insurance company doctor you may want to consider changing to a different doctor on your company's Medical Provider Network (MPN). An attorney will help you select the appropriate doctor.
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