Welcome to my edition of and.
Worker’s Comp in CA is messed up. Ok, so there were people who abused the system…but what about people who just want to use their freakin arm again? I just spent most of the day trying to get someone to approve more physical therapy for me. 24 visits is what they consider “usual and customary” for my injury – which means that is what they usually automatically approve. Today was my 14th and my last authorized. Today was also the day I got a rejection letter for more PT. It turned out to be an “error” – which happened to occur when both my case manager and nurse case manager are gone for the holidays. Great.
It’s just frustrating when all you want to do is get better and get back to work, (oh, and have a functional arm) and no one that can do anything is on your side. On the bright side…it’s all approved now.
As for the whole reason I have the broken arm… the medical records are rolling in. I was upset reading the E.R. records until I spoke to my attorney. The written records don’t mention if it was broken prior to the reduction. Just that they reduced the dislocation and discharged me with a referral for the fracture.
The radiology report (two days later) states for the first set: blah, blah, blah dislocation. Associated fracture of the coronoid process of the ulna.
For the second: blah blah blah, successful reduction. Associated fracture of the blah blah blah.
So, the attorney says either way, they’re screwed. Roll out four people (3 co-workers and a spouse of co-worker) who clearly heard the doc say no fracture on the x-ray. Who also can attest to the series of lies and adjustments in attitude.
Concede and say…hey, maybe it was broken before…but (loves me those buts) because of the nature of the fracture, a student (who I was never told was a student) should not have done it. An orthopod should have been called in. Standard practice.
In case you’re wondering…the part that broke is a pretty important part of the elbow structure. It helps keep the elbow from flopping back, the radius rest against it, nerves and tons o’tendons attach in that spot. The first orthopedic surgeon didn’t want to do the surgery because it was too delicate.
Last part of the bitch fest… I was measured today and had no improvement in extension and bending. Supination (turning hand palm up) showed improvement going from 45 degrees to 55. Guess that little bit of over doing it and straining a muscle kind of set me back more than I thought.
So, I figured WTF and bought a lottery ticket. My bad luck today has to change…right?!?