Friday, March 19, 2010

I am so not in the mood to deal with the work thing today. It is barely 9:30 and I have already had a patient crying in my waiting room about how he is going to lose his house and it is our fault because we won't testify that he is total disabled in order for him to get social security


Sorry dude but it might have something to do with the video tape provided to us with you and your buddies running around a basketball court doing more twists, turns, blocks and shots than the entire Magic team has managed this season.

I have to wonder what these people are thinking? If they have a pending lawsuit against their employer for a workers compensation injury, why wouldn't they assume that catching them doing something they claim they are unable to do wouldn't be in the insurance companies best interest? I once saw a man in a wheelchair that stated, he is unable to get up without falling, leave his appointment, get out of his chair, left it into the back of his pickup truck with no difficulty, get in and speed off without a care in the world.

Dumb ass.

Unfortunately, when you deal with injuries, you are going to get a lot of players. People that will go through needless procedures and tests in hopes of making their cases stronger. People that make appointments for medical treatment and then proceed to spend 30 minutes bitching at the clinician for filling out their disability form "wrong". Those folks that provide him or her with a completed form with the "correct" answers and tell him or her to just "sign here".

The biggest problem that arises from the players are that we in the field become cynical  which makes the person really in need of help be doubted.

Of course it isn't fair or right but unfortunately, it is human nature.


Here are some stories taken from the ER that make me feel much better about what I have to deal with.  Have a nice weekend kids.

11 comments:

Doc said...

I work in the insurance field and have seen lots of great video of "disabled" folks doing all kinds of amazing stuff... Classic@

Karen said...

This is not totally on point, but about 38 years ago my dad lost part of his finger on a packaging machine at work. He has recovered fine and blah, blah, blah. Flash forward to last year, my dad had nasty chain saw accident while removing a tree stump and pretty much lost another finger (which they reattached really nicely). The ER staff questioned if he was cutting off his fingers intentionally and sent him for a psych eval. and questioned if he was injuring himself to seek pain pills. Because 2 unrelated accidents 35+ years apart is clearly addict behavior, right?

Libby said...

omg@karen! that is a little paranoid of the er staff!

christine--ppl that do that make it harder for those of us that need that shit, don't they??

Christine said...

Yup..that is exactly it Karen, they become cynical as hell.

The Dish said...

The Husband hates the seekers. The make him so mad that he wonders if it clouds his care of patients in real pain. The bottom line to me is that most people suck!

Coffeypot said...

Are there no legal ramifications on those people? Extortion or something?

TaDa said...

I know right

Evil Twin's Wife said...

We call them trolls around here.

Golden To Silver Val said...

Hey toots, I've given you an award. Stop by my place and pick it up, okay? I hope you will accept it and pass it along to those who are in your Circle of Friends! Keep smilin'....it makes everyone wonder what you've been up to!

Betty said...

My Ex, a lawyer, was once defending a man against a charge of assault, the plaintiff contending that the defendant had damaged his neck and he couldn't work, etc, etc,. When they got to court, the plaintiff was wearing his neck brace upside down. He lost the case. Of course, the photos of him out dancing didn't help him, either. Moron.

Moderate Mouse said...

Sorry you've had to put up with stuff like that.