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    I seem to have hurt my shoulder at my work. At first I thought nothing of it but after a couple of weeks there is no sign of it healing, in fact the pain is beginning to get worse, where i think i need to stop working. I do not have insurance. How does workers comp work? Is this a disability topic? I need to see a doctor i think it may be a rotator cuff injury. should i see my family doctor even though i do not have insurance? Will my job reimburse me? Also if i do have to miss time from work how will i be compensated, I am a part time employee at a restaurant in California. Thank you to anyone who can help.
    Last edited by demoben10; 01-21-2008, 10:56 PM.

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    How do you believe you hurt yourself? DId you report it at the time of the injury? How long ago was this incident?

    You can find some general information on WC in CA here http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/InjuredWorker.htm
    I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by ElleMD View Post
      How do you believe you hurt yourself? DId you report it at the time of the injury? How long ago was this incident?

      You can find some general information on WC in CA here http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/InjuredWorker.htm
      I began to notice some pain in my shoulder while performing duties at work about two weeks ago. I researched the pain online at webmd and decided that advil treatment could help it go away, it has been two weeks and after really bad pain today, i reported it to my boss. he said to see a doctor and we'll go from there, but i don't have insurance and don't want to see a doctor if im not going to be reimbursed. thank you for the link.

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      • #4
        Was there an actual injury or event that caused the pain? Or did you just notice it while at work? BIG difference. What is it that you do exactly? Did you tell your employer that you believe this is work related or just that your shoulder was hurting? Again, BIG difference.
        I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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        • #5
          I told my employer i believe i hurt it on the job. I am a food server and im constantly carrying plates and bending over chairs to put food on tables etc. I first noticed the pain when putting a plate down, and it hasn't stopped since. The advil helps but when at work the pain picks up again. My range of motion is becoming limited, I can't even polish glassware anymore.

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          • #6
            I'm not sure how one injures a rotator cuff setting down a plate, but then I'm not a doctor. If you think setting down the plate injured your shoulder, file it as a claim. Just expect it to be scrutinized unless there was something extraordinary about the situation such as you slipped or this was not your ordinary plate of food. If the claim is found compensible, then the medicals are covered under WC. Check with your employer to see if they have a designated facility they recommend.

            If you are in that much pain, you need to get it checked out regardless of the cause.
            I post with the full knowledge and support of my employer, though the opinions rendered are my own and not necessarily representative of their position. In other words, I'm a free agent.

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            • #7
              Demoben, you need to get straight in your head exactly how you got hurt, and then go talk to a local work comp lawyer. If your explanation to your employer/insurance carrier is as vague and non-specific as what you have posted, you will talk yourself right out of your claim.
              Bob Bollinger, Attorney
              Board Certified Specialist in NC Workers' Compensation Law
              Charlotte, NC

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