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Occupational Medicine Physician looks like I'm getting kicked off acc

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 10:39 PM

I got my assessment today after waiting since befor christmas. I have been on acc for 17 years for whiplash in a car accident. They are now, after all these years, saying that, seeing it took me 3 months after the accident to see a doctor for the pains I was getting, my symptoms cant be from the MVA, I get pains all over my body, and now chronic pain, which it looks like they will now ignore
Any one got any ideas what I can do, if anything
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 12:03 AM

Gday Older
You have started your first stage of help by finding this site :)
Here you will find information, informative and helpful people who can answer many of your questions or point you int he right direction. Read as much of the information you can about stuff that sounds similar to your case, and know now that you are not alone.
Knowledge is power
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 08:35 AM

;) Hi Older, I was in the same boat as you and did not know till I got my file how close I was to exit. The Branch Medical Officer challenged the Case Manager's diagnosis. They say if you have had the Accident so many years ago it should now have healed and the symptoms you now have are not accident related.

Who was your Assessor and what was this for? Have you had an Occupational assessment?

My advice to you is to go to a good neuro surgeon in your area . Get your GP to refer you and get an MRI. This will show any disc probs etc and that could prove you have had a serious injury.
Have you had investigations lately?? Your GP can refer you under the ACC number.

It is possible you have developed chronic pain syndrome and/or fibromyalgia as well. This is all recognised by ACC> The trouble is they will want to send you on a visit to a Pain clinic which isnt always helpful!!

Also get your file from ACC> Ask in writing for your physical file, the electronic pathways file and the secret file.
go thru it and get it into date order and see what is going on.
They will deny you all entitlements.
Join a Support Group near you if possible.

Go to Bennets Bookshop and obtain a copy of the Act or look at it on this Forum site.Also on this site look under IRP's. There is good info there.

Whenever you visit an ACC TOADY assessor or the Case Manager or anyone else to do with this corrupt machine, ALWAYS take a Support person and a tape recorder. They will lie thru their teeth!
If the CM has made a decision regarding your future etc, you can Review it or ask for mediation.
come back often and good luck.
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Posted 04 February 2005 - 10:31 AM

hi Older, hope that you have a decent Dr that knows about back injuries. think it is time for you to do research on your injury your self. whiplash can be fixed if managed propertly but unfortunally most time it is not. whiplash is caused by muscle spasams when you you were involved in the MVA. this is treatable but taking time only if physically treated. it can be treated now if there is not further damage done becuse there was no treatment given.. the further damage will be disc promlems if they were not substained in the accident. by my understanding of the pain youcan mimise it and unless the pain managerment change there attitude they will not be successful. as your injury is 17 years old and your fitness has deteriorated its going to take a few years to get you back were to manage your pain.

as above get a specialist report and make sure that it includes a report on the muscles suroundingthe area of pain. If thete is muscle damage then put in a medical misadventure especially if the corporation does not have it in there diagonose.

This is just an extra to what is in other postings.
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