Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Complaint - Workman's Comp Denial
WISCONSIN -- I got injured on the job last June. It was reported immediately as I could hardly walk, but I finished my duties for the day and reported to a Dr. the following day as there was no way I could do my job. Pain at 10. Fast forward, it turned out to be two separate tears in the meniscus in my knee. Surgery was required. Liberty Mutual (LM) paid under workman's comp. and covered all my medical expenses and physical therapy plus lost wages. To a point. Eight months and the representative from WM decided she wanted an IME (Independent Medical Examination) hired by them, (starting to smell a rat?) to examine me and give them a 2nd opinion. I reported for the IME which I spent all of ten minutes with. He submitted his report to LM and stated that he said that any pain I felt the day of the injury was a mere manifestation of a pre-existing condition and that my torn meniscus, two of them was NOT relative to work and therefore I should be denied any further care or compensation. It's all well documented from my treating Dr./Surgeon that in no way could tears occur unless there was specific trauma. Well, LM adhered to the rat's report and I was cut off. Now I am going through hoops to collect disability, a $500/wk cut from WC and my doctor put me on permanent restrictions preventing me from returning to my job. Had to file for a hearing with the Workforce Development people of my state, to challenge WorkComp, ie, LM and that hearing could take 4-6 months. I do not like to think that I could lose my house over this but LM is ruthless and could give a sh*t less.
Bottom line, I hope I'll come out of this all right as my union representative assured me that appellate judges do NOT like to hear UPS and WM mentioned in the same sentence. Just hope I can hold on till the hearing. Thanks Liberty Mutual.