i have been taking several medications on a dailly basis for a low back work injury i sustained 11 years ago.My case is continuing and was never close.As a result of some meds,i feel my teeth are giving me several problems.I have been griding and teeth are chipping for no reason,some are shaking while it still looks good from outside.I have dry mouth as well.How can i know if its the result of my meds and can they be related to my work injury case?Do i have to tell this to my atty or ask my doctor if i can be seen by a dentist and would Workers Comp pay for the dentists visit?
Tell both your attorney and your doctor. You are suffering from "xerostomia" which is indeed a "dry mouth" condition that is sometimes a side effect of medications. If untreated, it can cause very bad problems in your mouth (gum disease, tooth decay and the like). Your doctor can write a prescription for you to see a dentist to address the problem (whether or not the insurance company goes along with that prescription is another question). Your attorney can take the necessary steps to get a "dental" Panel QME List from the state of California. Good luck!
Also, get your dentist to make you a night guard to wear so you don't brux your teeth to the gums...
Yes, if the cause of the complications are from the treatment and medications in your workers compensation claim you can file a new application adding the injuries and may also add a psychological injury if it did affect you emotionally from the injury.
Talk to a comp attorney but I doubt it could be proven to be a "work injury." Thus it could be a products liability or malpractice case but the alternative- living in constant pain without the meds could be proven to be a worse outcome than if you did not take the meds, right? Also many people I have come across do not mitigate their damages when it come to a comp. injury and claim. They say, "Yes I am having a heart attack but the cardiologist is not authorized yet. So they make their situation worse by being frugal and not taking care of themselves. Again, talk to an attorney and maybe a dentist?
I agree with Mr. Morrison that you should advise your doctor and your lawyer. Along those lines, you should specifically ask your doctor to make a referral for you to see a dentist. It would also be helpful if your doctor stated his or her opinion regarding whether the problems with your teeth are a compensable consequence of your injury either due to medications or stress or both. Ideally, this will get authorized but if not, your attorney should be able to assist you.
I agree with my colleagues. You have been well advised by both Mr Morrison and by Mr. Herrera.
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