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@Therealkiller is one of the most knowledgeable guys I know on this stuff, he's helped me out many times over the last 20'ish years, haha:cool:
 
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I saved the best for last, this is a workman’s compensation case. I feel like they are downplaying it & trying to weasel out of it as cheap as possible . . . .

Wally, go into this with eyes wide open. Employers tend to take "Workman's Comp" as fighting words. Decent Employers will chalk off any sick leave and medical bills an off work injury costs them, but accurately claiming Workman's Comp makes some of them think you spit on their mother's grave.

Getting 2nd, 3rd, or more opinions by doc-shopping IS what's best for your shoulder, but just understand exactly what your Rights vs. the Employer's are as to who pays what % of which bills you chose to incur, and for how long. The prospects of what happens when you are ready to return to work is another issue.
 
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I’m going to see how this next appointment goes with the ortho. If he doesn’t tell me what I want to hear & I may anyway, lawyer up.
I also plan to get a second opinion.
 
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Wally, also make sure to have all your documentation and that the ortho who is assisting you file's short term disability claims. Some will work with worker's comp but won't file and assist with short term disability. As rawdeal commented on a company and worker's comp, short term disability is also a fight to the death with the insurer.
 
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Wally, also make sure to have all your documentation and that the ortho who is assisting you file's short term disability claims. Some will work with worker's comp but won't file and assist with short term disability. As rawdeal commented on a company and worker's comp, short term disability is also a fight to the death with the insurer.
Thanks! I go back on July 8 to see what the ortho has in mind. I’ll decide then if & when I lawyer up.

If I’m being honest I’m pretty sure I’ll be contacting a lawyer.
 
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If the ortho doesn't work with short term disability (hopefully they do), then you may be able to get your GP to do it, but that adds more hoops to jump through and complications with the insurer. That being said, having a surgery is hard one for them to deny, but they will attempt to screw you on the time off after surgery. What do you mean you cannot go back to work in several weeks and do heavy manual labor after having screws put in?
 
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If the ortho doesn't work with short term disability (hopefully they do), then you may be able to get your GP to do it, but that adds more hoops to jump through and complications with the insurer. That being said, having a surgery is hard one for them to deny, but they will attempt to screw you on the time off after surgery. What do you mean you cannot go back to work in several weeks and do heavy manual labor after having screws put in?
Everyone is saying it’s a pretty lengthy recovery. I’ve heard from 4-6 months. I see him Monday so I should know more about his plans. I have no doubt they want to avoid a surgery but I don’t see that happening. It’s already acting up again even with the shot.
 
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Take a look at Dr Roger Sohn's website https://www.sohnortho.com/
He has plenty of information and videos to check out.

This man is a marvel, and performed my total shoulder replacement 18 months ago. Finding him and using the latest hardware was worth every effort.
 
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Yo Wallyd, what did your Doc say? Yes, a SLAP will require time off. 6 months until the anchor is really set. I was back in the gym at towards around end of 4 months but no real pressing until 6 months. Since you have a physical job it will be tough.
 
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Orthopedic surgeon released me. No restrictions, no more pt. I met with my doctor, who I live & have been with him for close to 30 years. He checked my range of motion, asked about my pain level & said if he was me he wouldn’t let them cut on me. He said if anything changed then re evaluate things.

My pain level has been just a dull ache from the beginning. Since getting the shot it’s just a dull ache when really using it like carrying 40-50#’s up 2 flights of stairs.

I’m going to take his advice, I told him I felt like they were just trying to wash their hands of me but he reinforced his initial thoughts.
 
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I had a slap tear from a work injury about 10 years ago. I couldn’t lift my arm above shoulder height without excruciating pain, couldn’t sleep laying down. My employer made me try rehab for 6 weeks first, a week in the therapist said this is pointless and recommended an mri. They found the tear, had surgery to trim the piece that would fold up as I raised my arm. Rehab sucked and was well over a year before I felt close to normal. Still isn’t perfect 10 years later so I definitely wouldn’t rush to surgery. That being said if it’s going to hinder your life anyways don’t let them bully you, lawyer up and get it taken care of.
 
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