Have you ever had whiplash? We know of quite a few injured workers who do and it’s incredibly painful! Even if they don’t file for workers compensation! However, according to some bizarre doctor (IME) suffering from this very painful condition might be a form of accident neurosis or “compensation-itis”, for which the only cure is an injection of a large cheque into the victim’s bank account. WTF!
Whiplash injury described by an IME as compensation-itis – WTF
Whiplash = accident neurosis or ‘compensation-itis’
We were recently contacted by an injured worker, who sustained a nasty whiplash injury (amongst other injuries), which has been bothering her for the past 11 months, rendering her unable to work due to severely painful muscle spams.
We all know that seat belts can be something of a mixed blessing for those involved in minor car accidents, as it has been shown they undoubtedly increase the frequency and severity of whiplash injuries to the neck.
It can take a few weeks/months for the muscle to repair itself and the pain and stiffness to subside, though for some the symptoms can persist for many years, resulting in chronic disability.
According to an “independent doctor” report, there is no obvious explanation for this injured worker’s chronic disability and incapacity for work, as X-rays and MRI scans are normal, prompting the IME to write…
Needless to say that the suggestion that X-rays can demonstrate “objective evidence” of this type of injury injury can be misleading as they cannot visualise inflammation in the facet joints of the vertebrae in the neck!
The only certain way of assessing whether this might account for those symptoms is by blocking the action of the relevant nerves by an injection of local anaesthetic into the joint. This abolishes the pain in most patients. So much for “compensation-itis”!
The bewildered injured worker, who is prescribed a muscle relaxant (Valium) to control her painful spasms wonders if this so called “independent” doctor has ever suffered from a severe whiplash?
“I do and it’s incredibly painful! I have been suffering since about 11 months and am undergoing weekly physiotherapy- I am truly unable to work as it has caused the shoulder, collar bone, trapezoid and back to be damaged as a result of the severe spasms ! And no I had not even applied for workers compensation as I did not even know I could, until 6 months after my (journey) accident!”
Needless to mention this injured worker workcover claim for her whiplash injury was denied based on the famous IME nonsense-itis!
[Post dictated by WCV and manually transcribed on behalf of workcovervictim]
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