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#1 User is offline   rivercity 

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  Posted 22 March 2009 - 08:09 PM

I visited Dr Ball last week and found him very stern, certainly doesn't have a great bedside manner, I do believe he is fully independant of ACC.
What he told me about my shoulder was not great for me, although he couldnt really give a full report to ACC until a MRI is done. He did mention that I had been on ACC for a long time and that I should be on a sickness benifit. OMG what has acc done for me in rehabilitating me, not much hope for me really.. sickness benefit is at the end of the road, just passing the buck from one organisation to the other.
I will fight to the end and my Wanganui Specialist has advised me to pay privately for another opinion as he believes I now have nerve damage and chronic pain.
Has anyone experienced Dr Ball and nerve damage through having impingement. What is the outlook for me does anyone know????
I cant stand the pain much longer and the stress from ACC.
I see Dr Strack is still going cant anyone stop him from taking all the money for false reports???? :angry:
I flew to Auckland, was taken by taxi for him to move my arm up down around and spoke for approximatley 20 minutes. What a waste of money no wonder Acc is going broke this is my 3rd assesment how many more do I have to go too???
How many times is ACC allowed to breach MY rights and who do you complain too??
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 08:54 PM

View Postrivercity, on Mar 22 2009, 09:09 PM, said:

I visited Dr Ball last week and found him very stern, certainly doesn't have a great bedside manner, I do believe he is fully independant of ACC.
What he told me about my shoulder was not great for me, although he couldnt really give a full report to ACC until a MRI is done. He did mention that I had been on ACC for a long time and that I should be on a sickness benifit. OMG what has acc done for me in rehabilitating me, not much hope for me really.. sickness benefit is at the end of the road, just passing the buck from one organisation to the other.
I will fight to the end and my Wanganui Specialist has advised me to pay privately for another opinion as he believes I now have nerve damage and chronic pain.
Has anyone experienced Dr Ball and nerve damage through having impingement. What is the outlook for me does anyone know????
I cant stand the pain much longer and the stress from ACC.
I see Dr Strack is still going cant anyone stop him from taking all the money for false reports???? :angry:
I flew to Auckland, was taken by taxi for him to move my arm up down around and spoke for approximatley 20 minutes. What a waste of money no wonder Acc is going broke this is my 3rd assesment how many more do I have to go too???
How many times is ACC allowed to breach MY rights and who do you complain too??



Possible answers:

Contact one of the Acclaim groups - they have members all around New Zealand so you don't need to be living in Dunedin or Christchurch to be part of these fabulous organisations.

See Stephan Neff at the Pain Clinic in Rotorua via an ACC referral from your GP. Tel. 07-345-9915.

Contact Health & Disability Commissioner.

If Strack injured you, lodge a complaint with the Medical Practicitioners Association, ACC Complaints and your GP.

Complaint to the ACC Complaints Office - 0800-650-222

Contact your local MP.

Perhaps a call also to the Office of the Ombudsmen?

Did you obtain a copy of the referral and accompanying documents sent to Dr Ball to see what ACC intended for him to assess? If not, write and request a copy from both parties (Dr Ball & ACC) - see what questions ACC have asked Dr Ball to answer.

Others on this site will assist you better than I have the skill and knowledge to do. However, isn't Dr Ball saying that you have a permanent injury from which you can't recover from that's why he's suggesting sickness benefiit! If your permanent impairment is injury related then he shouldn't be speaking about sickness benefit. Additionally, I would have thought the assessment was for treatment and rehabilitation but it sounds like it was for removing you from ACC?

There seems to be a heavy emphasis on ACC sending clients on plane trips and lengthy taxi journeys rather than taking note of assessments already on file and providing treatment and rehabilitation.
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Posted 22 March 2009 - 10:48 PM

I agree with everything Chocy has said.
If you were injured by Strack, I suggest you write to ACC and complain as well as the H&D Commisioner. It is time people were proactive and STARTED COMPLAINING ABOUT THESE IRRESPONSIBLE ACC TOADIES. Dont just moan on here, do something about it.
They are highly paid and are getting away with it.

Also, I suggest you lodge a complaint about this man suggesting you go on a sickness benefit seeing you are permanently damaged This guy HAS NO RIGHT to mention how you are being paid, it wasnt his brief. But as Chocy has said, get the info ACC sent.
I also suggest to EVERYONE, before you go to an assessment or a REVIEW, get all the info from ACC that they are sending. It is your only fight back. Also always make sure you take all the medical reports and scans etc that you have. This is really important cos ACC do not send stuff that is in your favour!!!

(It is a shame you didnt take your specialist reports etc with you when seeing this guy.)

The stress from ACC only adds to your pain. It is time you took a stand and lodged a complaint about the way you are being treated. Go right to the top- Jan White needs to be told.
If you have nerve damage, it is very painful and this too will be causing the pain.
Have you seen a Chinese acupuncturist> I know there is a good one in WAnganui, an older guy. I can find out his name.
Acupuncture has helped me and I have nerve damage and compression as well. It is the only thing that helps apart from Scenar therapy.
There is a good scenar therapist in Levin but I am not sure of any in your area; I can find out for you. Also if you had the $$ it is advisable to get your own device and that will be a life saver for you !!
You can now do the Scenar training in NZ which is a cost saver as well. I had to go to Oz for mine, but I dont regret it!
Google scenar therapy and read the testimonials on the websites!
PM me for details.
good luck
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 12:58 PM

As for treatment I suggest you find a good massage therapist to release a lot of the tensioned muscles. In my own experience this makes everyday pain much easier. It gives back easier movement IMO.

Mini is the one with better shoulder info on surgical stuff.

You stick to your guns.....that Dr should be ashamed of himself advising you should be on the sickness benefit - he should be coming out on your side in that situation, knowing the incapacities you have.

keep smiling.....Gloria.
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Posted 23 March 2009 - 03:09 PM

If you haven't written already My opinion would be to ask ACC is it there intention to have you transfered to the sickness benifit, but do mention that Dr Ball refered that it should be the public that is the payer of all injuries. A bit of toung and cheek would put the case manager on aleart as to what Dr Ball's is trying to do.

FYI ACC now want to transfer your injuries as no rehabilitation has been completed. transfering the injury to the public or private means that ACC can claim that they have fully rehabilitated you including supplying all of the correct medical treatment for the Covered injuries.

Check to see what are the injuries that ACC is reporting to their specialists. It is more than likely that it is not the same injury that your Dr and Specialist is reporting to ACC.

ask your Dr and Specialist to arange the opperation through the public system if ACC is going to reject your specialist application. Make sure that the specialist says that the ACC has rejected paying for the cost of treatment.
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