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Hi,

 

My cousin Bob has epilepsy and the doctor suggested implanting a device which can monitor brain activity and hopefully reduce severity and frequency of seizures, as well as ultimately reduce his medication.

 

The procedure is scheduled at the end of this month and he had his final appointment with the doctor performing the procedure as well as the anesthesiologist on Friday, and all went well. He was told that after the procedure he will need to be off work for one month and no lifting above his head for a time afterwards, exact time TBT. The doctor told him to fill out the disability paperwork.

 

Here's the issue. About 12 days ago, he was injured on his job, fractured a few bones in foot. Company took full responsibility and sent him to their doctor immediately and he is off work until his recheck appointment in early September, when the doctor will examine and give him a return to work date. His company told him to fill out disability paperwork. There already is a worker's comp claim open for the accident.

 

Our question is this: Does he fill out 2 separate disability forms, one for each incident or is there another way to handle this?

 

Thanks in advance,

  Bonnie

 

 

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The best answer should come from the disability agency.

 

However, my guess is that he not file a second claim until the WC doctor releases him for work. Then, if he can't work because he is not yet recovered from the surgery, it would be time to file the second claim.

 

Again, that's just my guess. Bob needs to confirm that independently of strangers on the internet.

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This happens far more often than you might think. He should file the STD claim and make sure the WC carrier knows about the other surgery. He also needs to tell the doctor scheduled to see him for his foot about the other surgery as it may impact his ability to get to that appointment and the doctor may reschedule.

 

Most often what happens is WC benefits are suspended while the person is primarily disabled as a result of another health issue, then resume if necessary once they have been cleared. It can vary by state in practice, and he may still get TTD from WC until cleared by the doctor for his foot, then STD would pick up at that point. Either way, this won't be either carrier's first rodeo and they will know how it plays out in his state.

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Thanks so much, ElleMD. His work already knows about the upcoming surgery. He's been up front about everything. I'll send this valuable information to him right away. Very much appreciated. 🙂

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