After defense IME releases employee to light-duty/20-pound lift restriction, but treating chiropractor hasn't released employee to return to work (and WCC finds injury compensable, denies TTD beyond IME, finds claimant at MMI, denies ongoing/future medical), and employee inquires of employer about light-duty/modified work (letter by certified-mail) and no work is offered (no response from employer either by mail or phone), what is the employee's/claimant's options (aside from judicial review/appeal in circuit court)?WC hearing was held. Commissioner allowed TTD through IME date (19.43 weeks; specifically denied TTD beyond IME), found claimant at MMI (but made no explicit mention of work restrictions, though IME report said light-duty and treating Chiro said still TTD) and specifically denied ongoing/future medical treatment. Body parts have been listed for PPD benefits. Filed motion for rehearing/reconsideration because Chiro referred to Ortho who at initial visit ordered an EMG (denied by insurer during contested pre-hearing period, no seconday insurance, so EMG not obtained) and 3 months later IME also recommended EMG in report as a prelude to determining MMI and releasing to "regular duty". Motion denied. 30 days to file for judicial review./appeal in MD State Circuit Court. Claimant still not able to work due to neurological issues related to fall (numbness/tingling, pain, loss of strength in right arm/hand/fingers and leg/foot/toes).
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