Repetitive Motion Injury Workmans Comp Claim

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by thisjobaintforeverybody, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Anybody been granted an approval with this claim by UPS without having to get a lawyer?
     
  2. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

  3. So... you were approved the first time?? Had you seen any doctors previously??
     
  4. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    I actually went to see my PCP because I had been experiencing tingling in the tips of my finger tips. He referred me to an ortho who diagnosed it as pinched ulnar nerves in both elbows. Everything up until that point had been on our medical insurance. He approved me for comp, which paid all of the bills that been paid up to that point, any new bills that came in and $400/week to me (total of $880).
     
  5. trickpony1

    trickpony1 Well-Known Member

    Dave, try to remember you work in a little, podunk center in the middle of nowhere.

    In a real hub, in a real city and in real life you would have been harassed endlessly.
     
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  6. So based on what you experienced, the doctor can override the company, because I know Liberty Mutual's workman comp representatives don't approve many of these type of injuries without a lawyer.
     
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    In my particular case I was not asked to see the company doctor----LM approved it based solely on the ortho's diagnosis.
     
  8. So, in the event that a doctor establishes that an employee's injury is due to repetitive motion you would advise the employee to get that doctors office to contact LM, totally bypassing UPS management?
     
  9. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    Yes but it would have to be a specialist----PCP's don't have that kind of pull.
     
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  10. PCP's stands for?? And I'm assuming that Liberty Mutual's workmans comp national dept would be the place to get the office to contact or is it broken down by state?
     
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    PCP---Primary Care Physician

    Specialists that have been practicing for awhile are usually well versed in dealing w/LM.
     
  12. This just sounds to good to be true Dave!
     
  13. Gotcha!
     
  14. I can just see UPS flipping out over something like this! And do you know other employees to have had the same experience or do you think that you were the exception to the rule?
     
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    It worked out well for me.

    I had bilateral ulnar nerve release surgery in both elbows. The ortho wanted to do one elbow at a time with one month of recovery time each. I talked him in to doing both at the same time. Two weeks out of work, two weeks of light duty (which consisted me of sitting in the jump seat while a 22.3 drove and delivered) and I was back after a month. All bill paid and $880 in my pocket.
     
  16. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Well-Known Member

    The only issue was not being able to specify an injury date; other than that, my mgt team was very supportive.
     
  17. I know that's one of the biggest issues in getting a claim approved. But if UPS management was cut out of the process and your doctor dealt with it with Liberty Mutual why was it a issue?
     
  18. eats packages

    eats packages Tetris Master

    When you live in a state that lets you pick any doctor and claim workman's comp, do it. Screw their own network of doctors.
    I would assume in most cases you could make up some bogus one-time motion that caused the injury. Therefore planting a time and a place in the report.
     
  19. So you're saying he was ONLY able to this because he lives in NY?
     
  20. eats packages

    eats packages Tetris Master

    Plenty of states let you start workman's comp with your own doctor.
    I was under the assumption that some did not.

    edit:california