How workers’ comp failed injured nurse

Kaiser Hospital San Diego

Today’s post was shared by Gelman on Workplace Injuries and comes from capitolweekly.net

 I am a Registered Nurse with more than 35 years’ experience caring for patients. I always loved my work caring for the injured, ill and disabled. Little did I know that when I became disabled myself, my employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier would care so little about me.

In 1998, I was working as an operating room nurse at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Diego, when I was injured at work.  I had worked at Kaiser for 12 years without any problems, until I tripped and fell over a parking lot barrier. Kaiser treated my injured knee, but later ignored four doctors’ reports that I had also injured my neck and back. Kaiser denied that those injuries were from the fall.

Little did I know that when I became disabled myself, my employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier would care so little about me.

For years, doctors’ recommendations were delayed or denied by Kaiser’s insurer, Sedgwick Claims Services. All they would approve were painkilling drugs, but not the treatment I needed for the underlying medical issue. These drugs’ side effects caused additional medical problems. In 2010, my teeth began breaking off at the roots.

Sedgwick denied the dental treatment I needed, so I took them to court.  In February 2013, the judge ordered Sedgwick to provide this urgent medical treatment. To this day, they have refused to do so, and have instead defied two judge’s orders to provide…

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