I was given restrictions from one doctor and sent to another one while on restrictions. I have now been prescribed with medication by the second doctor and it has side effects that would make it almost impossible to work around. He (the second doctor) would not provide me with new restrictions. How am I suppose to work while heavily medicated?
This is a complicated issue. You may need to change doctors, but I would recommend talking to a workers' compensation lawyer first.
You may be able to get one of the two doctors to write you something indicating that you should not do certain things while taking these medications. This often works if the side effects are expected side effects. Many medications make it unsafe to work around machinery or to drive. Without knowing the specific side effects, it is hard to tell you more.
Work restrictions assigned by your "authorized treating physician" (ATP) may entitle you to income benefits if you are out of work because of your work accident. When you have two doctors that have a difference of opinion as to what work restrictions, if any, you need, then the key question is... who is your ATP? Certainly, medication side-effects may make work restrictions necessary. Find yourself a lawyer who practices workers' compensation and set up a meeting. Avvo has a good "lawyer locator" tool. Don't try to go up against the Insurance company without guidance.
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If you don't already have a lawyer, consult one ASAP. This is not a question that can be properly answered without further details. There are several lawyers who regularly respond to questions on this site who can help you with this. Good luck!
I am a little confused. What happened to the restrictions from the first doctor? If that was your authorized treating physician, what he said would take priority. I would also consider going back to him to see about your restrictions. Please clarify what you wrote.
If your employer can't accommodate your restrictions, they should pay you temporary total disability benefits. Also, ask the doctor to clarify what you can and can't do while on these meds in writing.
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