It has been 7 mths since my injury. My treating physician referred me to another doctor that saw me three times and diagnosed me with sciatica. He never discussed the lumbar arthritis at all. He gave me pills and touched my toes. He never gave me a functionality test of any kind. I have had an EMG but never saw the results. He issued a MMI that he never discussed. I have neck and back injuries. Both diagnosed by doctors that the employer sent me two. I never was offered a panel of doctors to choose from. I ask to have second opinion. I need my benefits. I am not able to lift anything nor am I am to walk or stand for a long period of time. Can I get non wage loss benefits in Virginia? Can I get vocational or rehabilitation training?
You need to contact a workers compensation attorney in your area immediately. If you used an attorney on your initial claim and were pleased with their representation you should contact them immediately.
The above is for general informational purposes only. It is not legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship of any kind. It is impossible to provide legal advice with the little information provided. You should not act based on the general information provided and immediately contact an attorney. I am only licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
You are raising multiple technical questions which cannot be answered within the constraints of this website. There is no such thing as non-wage loss benefits (other than medical benefits) in Virginia. You are not entitled to a second opinion at the expense of your employer or the insurance company. Vocational retraining will not be provided to you until job search efforts have been exhausted. Whether or not arthritis is or can be part of your claim depends upon what your injury 7 months was and whether or not you are under an Award. You really need to consult an attorney who can assess your case and determine what your legal options may be.
Your post raises many concerns. Did you ever receive an "Award Order" from the Viirginia Workers Compensation Commission? How you move forward may depend on how the case is postured by the Commission. I agree with the earlier post that you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. We maintain a state wide practice and would be happy to discuss your case.
I would echo Mr. Sweeney's basic answer and stress to you to see a workers compensation attorney in the Richmond area. There are several excellent firms who will give free consults. and you have too many issues to fully discuss on this forum. Good luck!
I agree with others that you need a face to face meeting with a Claimant's Virginia Workers' Compensation attorney. In preparation for that meeting, I would suggest that you obtain a copy of all your medical records from each and every healthcare provider that has seen you/treated you. While there may be a small charge for such records, you have a right to copies. This will provide critically important information for the upcoming meeting you need to have with whatever attorney you select. Also: The Workers' Compensation act has strict deadlines, and based on the limited information in your question, my sense is that you need direction ASAP about what you need to be doing now, to help your chances of success at any future hearing requested. DONT DELAY!
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